By Steve Rolle for Transform. For the people who have invested so much hope in this week’s UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on drugs, the official agreement it produced – the “outcome document” – represents a shocking betrayal. The UNGASS was called by three Latin American member states – Colombia, Mexico, and Guatemala – who have arguably paid the highest price for the failure of the global war on drugs. They carried the concerns of millions of people, civil society organisations and other members states around the world when they called on the UN to critically evaluate the prohibitionist drug policies that have been in force for more than half a century now – and explore alternatives including decriminalisation and legal regulation of drug markets. For them, enough was enough.

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