Although the United Nations planned to announce over the weekend that all governments in the world should decriminalize all drugs, including marijuana, they failed to follow through on these plans. Famous entrepreneur and notable media member Richard Branson released the news of the UN’s plans.

“In an as-yet unreleased statement circulated to the BBC, myself, and others, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), which has shaped much of global drug policy for decades, call on governments around the world to decriminalize drug use and possession for personal consumption for all drugs,” Branson wrote. “This is a refreshing shift that could go a long way to finally end the needless criminalization of millions of drug users around the world. The UNODC document was due to be launched at the International Harm reduction conference in Malaysia yesterday.”

The UN was planning to release this statement last Sunday, but that never ended up happening. Activists all around the world, including Branson, were extremely upset with UN’s “failure.”

Even though the UN was planning to release its statement this past Sunday, it never did. Branson and activists throughout the world are disappointed by the UN’s failure.

“As I’m writing this I am hearing that at least one government is putting an inordinate amount of pressure on the UNODC,” Branson added. “Let us hope the UNODC, a global organization that is part of the UN and supposed to do what is right for the people of the world, does not do a remarkable volte-face at the last possible moment and bow to pressure by not going ahead with this important move. The war on drugs has done too much damage to too many people already.”

The Daily Caller says that the UN’s announcement could have been a huge win for marijuana legalization activists in the United States and in other countries planning to legalize marijuana.

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