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Published on 25 May 2007  by André Fürst

FREEDOM TO FARM

We ask the UN to
establish the right of every adult citizen of the
world to grow and possess natural plants for
personal use and non-commercial purposes,
using all technical equipment that is available
for this.



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Photo: Paul von Hartmann

For thousands of years, people around the
world have been growing cannabis, coca
leaves, opium and other plants in order to use
them as a medicine for body and mind, or for
other useful purposes. Today, at least 35 million
people in the European Union and more than
200 million worldwide continue to use some of
these plants.

Since 1961, however, following the dictates
of a UN Convention that is applied in almost
all countries of the world, these plants are
prohibited. People have been killed, tortured,
imprisoned, stigmatised and ruined for growing,
trading or consuming them.

The consumption of drugs can cause
problems - especially among young people.
But the fact that drugs are prohibited has
disasterous consequences. It forces drug
users into lifestyles that can become harmful
to themselves and others too, and creates
health problems that could easily be avoided.
Drug prohibition surrenders the control over
the drugs market to organised crime. While
large amounts of public funds are being
spent in fighting a war on drugs, all evidence
proves this endeavour to be ineffective and
counterproductive.

ENCOD is a European platform of citizens who
want an intelligent and effective approach to
drug problems. We believe that only a legal
regulation of the drugs market will reduce these
problems. Such a regulation will improve the
living standards of millions of people, while
significantly diminishing one of the world’s
major criminal income sources.

One of our goals is to modify the 1961
Convention on drugs. We ask the UN to
establish the right of every adult citizen of the
world to grow and possess natural plants for
personal use and non-commercial purposes,
using all technical equipment that is available
for this. At the same time, individual countries
should be allowed to experiment with policies
that are not based on a prohibitionist regime.

The war on drugs must end.

Help us to declare that peace

should be our policy.

Support ENCOD.





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The European Coalition for Just and Effective Drug Policies, is a pan-European network of currently 160 NGO’s and individual experts involved in the drug issue on a daily base. We are the European section of an International Coalition, which consists of more than 400 NGOs from around the world that have adhered to a Manifesto for Just and Effective Drug Policies (established in 1998). Among our members are organisations of cannabis and other drug users, of health workers, researchers, grassroot activists as well as companies.


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