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Consequences Of Marijuana Legalization In The United States And The International Implications

The international illegal drug trade represents a multi-faceted challenge which has implications for the global community. Not only can international drug trafficking undermine political and regional stability, it can also bolster the role and capabilities of transnational criminal organizations in the drug trade. The illegal drug trade and addiction create sweeping negative consequences to individual communities, economic development, and place an additional burden on national public health infrastructures.

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Other Implications of Legalization

A Statement By The International Task Force on Strategic Drug Policy

The primary duty of any Government is to ensure the welfare and well being of its citizens which is why most countries signed up in support of and compliance with International Drug Control Treaties.

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International Drug Policy Groups Evaluate
The Global Impact of Drug Legalisation

Significant groups from across the globe came together to evaluate the potential impact of drug legalisation.  This alliance of drug policy experts found that drugs are an enormous social problem and that the drug trade adversely affects the global economy and the viability of some countries that have become transit routes. In a position statement issued by the coalition titled Drug Legalisation: An Evaluation of the Impacts on Global Society, they slammed those supporting drug legalisation. Statement here and here en español

“National leaders have an obligation to protect their citizens against drugs and their harmful effects.  This evaluation was conducted to facilitate a better understanding of the problems associated with drug misuse and addiction as well as other aspects surrounding drug policy.  We hope to enlighten the public about the potential devastating impact of the actions of groups who are pushing to make dangerous drugs legal, easily available and socially acceptable.  They have ignored international drug treaties and the innocent victims affected by drug use with their irresponsible actions,” said Calvina Fay, Executive Director of Drug Free America Foundation, Inc. (DFAF) and founder of the International Task Force on Strategic Drug Policy (ITFSDP).

Eric Voth, M.D., FACP, Chair of the Institute on Global Drug Policy (IGDP), stated “As a physician who sees the impact of drugs on the health of individuals, I know that the harm is with the drugs, not with drug control.  Rightfully so, our policy stance is a hard-hitting admonishment against softening of drug policy and experimenting with the well-being of our societies.”


International Task Force on Strategic Drug Policy Releases Recommendations on International Drug Control in Preparation for the United Nationís General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS)

(St. Petersburg, FL) Members of the International Task Force on Strategic Drug Policy (ITFSDP) have analyzed marijuana legalization in key states within the United States noting various consequences of this failed policy. Further, Task Force members stand in support of our international drug treaties and intend to work to preserve them, along with public health and safety, through a set of policy recommendations that will be discussed at UNGASS 2016.  

“ITFSDP supports and promotes drug demand reduction principles and sound drug policies. The Task Force also advances communication and cooperation among non-governmental organizations who are working to reduce illicit drug use.  Our members anticipate having their voices heard on key drug policy issues at UNGASS 2016,” said Calvina Fay, executive director of Drug Free America Foundation, Inc. and ITFSDP member. “Our work is more important than ever because drug legalization advocates are pushing more countries to adopt liberalized drug policies that include the legalization of drugs such as marijuana and other policies that do not bring those struggling with addiction to sobriety. These recommendations put forth by the Task Force  are meant to drive the message home to member states that it is essential for every drug policy and activity to reduce and prevent drug demand,” concluded Fay.

According to former member of the International Narcotics Control Board and Professor at the University of Michigan, Ambassador Melvyn Levitsky, “The intention of our Task Force is to promote core principles of effective drug policies which include prevention, treatment and supply reduction. These policies have been clearly formulated as recommendations that accord with the obligations set forth in the three international conventions on drug control signed and ratified by virtually every country in the world. It is imperative to communicate consistent, effective, science-based research findings to the international community in order to bridge drug policy disparities among the signatory countries.”

If you would like to set up an interview with Calvina Fay, Ambassador Levitsky or other Task Force members, please contact Lana Beck at (727) 828-0211 or (727) 403-7571. The paper, which includes the recommendations, is titled, Consequences of Marijuana Legalization in the United States and the International Implications, can be found on the ITSDP’s website.

The International Task Force on Strategic Drug Policy is a network of professionals and community leaders who support and promote drug demand reduction principles, develop community coalitions and strive to advance communication and cooperation among non-governmental organizations who are working to stem illicit drugs and promote sound drug policy around the world. http://www.itfsdp.org/

The United Nations Narcotic Control Board Gravely Concerned About U.S. Marijuana Legalization

The International Narcotic Control Board President Raymond Yans voiced serious concerns about the recent legalization of marijuana in three states. Mr. Yans stated that "these developments are in violation of the international drug control treaties, and pose a great threat to public health and the well-being of society far beyond those states".

The question remains - will the US Government abide by its treaty obligations to protect the health and well-being of its citizens by ensuring that the controlled substances act is followed including prohibition of the use, distribution and sale of marijuana. Below is the entire statement.



Taskforce Member Honored!


On October 15, 2012, Mrs. Mina Seinfeld de Carakushansky was formally honored as a lifelong member of the Brazilian Defense Academy.  Mrs. Seinfeld de Carakushansky is a renown advocate for drug prevention and for promoting healthy and safe communities throughout South America.  She is also one of the only members of the Academy who is not a native Brazilian. ITSDP would like to congratulate Mina on this esteemed accomplishment.

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