“Mr. Prime minister,
On June 26, devoted to the international Day against the abuse and trafficking of drugs. Some countries still support the paradigm according to which
a drug free world would be possible, and the idea that the prohibited criminal would remain the best bulwark against the dangers of the drug.
That same day, the supporters of risk reduction related to drug use participate in the international mobilisation campaign
Support. Do not punish ! promoting an approach to drugs based on human rights and public health, in the line that defended Kofi Annan, Nobel peace Prize, former United Nations Secretary general, member of Global Commission of drug policy. The latter, convinced of the urgent need to evolve policies in the field of drugs, was expressed in his speech at the 68th world assembly of health, in Geneva, on may 19, 2015 :
I’ve said it before, and I repeat it tonight : I think that drugs have destroyed many lives, but wrong governmental policies in the field of drugs have destroyed more.
In a context of health crises and the overall economic, so this is the same approach that we advocate in France to break the stalemate of the
war on drugs and improve the lives of people who use drugs.
war on drugs a war against the people
The year 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the law on narcotics of 1970, and then it should be a year of reflection and evaluation of the law, your government is launching a campaign of criminalisation of huge numbers of people who of drugs through the introduction of the fixed penalty relating to tort, delict for drug use and the launch of his experimentation in this month of June in the cities of Rennes, Reims, Créteil and Boissy-Saint-Léger, then in Marseille and Lille.
We had already announced the failure of this type of systematic repression in a white paper association released in November 2018. However, the introduction of the fixed penalty relating to tort, delict is accompanied by the creation of a file of automated control that is sharing the data of sentences without due respect for the privacy of individuals, including with countries using the death penalty for drug-related offenses.
Once more, consumers are the least exposed in the public space, because with economic stability, housing and social capital will be relatively protected from these provisions. By estimating
set the problem of the ban, the contraventionnalisation will increase inequality and the distrust vis-à-vis the impartiality of the public forces.
war on drugs is mostly a war against the people, in particular those that may be vulnerable due to socially, and economically. Police activity against drugs is time-consuming and costly (2.4 billion euros each year, representing 0.1% of GDP). The situation in the poorest districts continues to deteriorate, with the stigma and discrimination of people who consume them, especially those racialized, which add to the marginalisation and the precarious socio-economic actors involved in the low levels of trafficking, unequal access to health care and prevention tools and risk reduction purposes.
Persist in the criminal prevents any constructive thought
Mr. Prime minister, to improve the health and safety of the public it is necessary to apprehend the drug issue in all its complexity. It is time that the State thinks this way and modern way recipes hackneyed that have shown their ineffectiveness, or their deleterious effects on the social, moral and economic. A renewed approach, based on evidence, is essential and must register in the objectives of protection of human rights, health and well-being of public, social justice and the effectiveness of public action.
Persist in the path of any repressive prevents constructive thinking and the search for pragmatic solutions based on evidence. Once again, our organisations urge the abandonment of the repression of the users through the fixed penalty relating to tort, delict and the opening of the states-general to regulate drug markets, depending on the dangerousness of products, in order to better control and protect the population. The need to think of a regulation that is clear, efficient and protective of the people remains one of the major challenges of our Twenty-first century. “
AID, Aurélien Beaucamp, president
ASUD, Jean-Maxence Granier, president
Collective police against prohibition, Bénédicte Desforges
Cannabis without Borders, Farid Ghehiouèche, spokesperson
Federation Addiction, Jean-Michel Delile, president
League of Human Rights, Malik Salemkour, president
L630, Yann Bisiou, president
Doctors of the World, Dr. Philippe de Botton, president
Norml France, Olivier Bertrand, president
Active principles, Fabienne Lopez, president
Union of the Magistrates, Katia Dubreuil, president
Techno More, Maxime Laglasse, president