Post-Prohibition Times: Leaders from Around the World Call for UN to End the Drug War

On the opening day of the 2016 United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the World Drug Problem, the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) gathered more than 60 performers dressed in costumes from the era of U.S. alcohol prohibition to greet attendees at the entrance to the United Nations and hand them copies of the “Post-Prohibition Times,” a newspaper printout of a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urging him to set the stage “for real reform of global drug control policy.”
UN Security was apparently ordered to confiscate the letter, and attendees were ordered to hand over their copies upon entering the building.
*The "Post-Prohibition Times" went to press on April 18, 2016 and does not include people who signed thereafter including Hillary Clinton, Senator Dick Durbin and former President Jimmy Carter. The unprecedented list of signatories includes a range of people from Senators Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker, to businessmen Warren Buffett, George Soros, Richard Branson, Barry Diller, actors Michael Douglas and Jane Fonda, Super Bowl champion Tom Brady, singers John Legend and Mary J. Blige, activists Reverend Jesse Jackson, Gloria Steinem, Michelle Alexander and Neill Franklin of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), as well as distinguished legislators, cabinet ministers, and former UN officials.
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