For Immediate Release – Drug Policy Alliance

For More Info: Tony Papa March 6, 2007
(646) 420-7290, tpapa@drugpolicy.org

Rio’s Governor Joins Latin American Leaders in Call for International Dialog on the Harms of Drugs and Drug Prohibition

Rio de Janeiro Governor Sergio Cabral on Friday called for legalizing drugs as a strategy to fight the ongoing drug-related gang violence that is devastating his state. He expressed hopes that this would reduce the violent crime caused primarily by drug prohibition. Rio de Janeiro has one of the highest murder rates in Latin America, due primarily to outbreaks of violence among different gangs, and between gangs and the police in the slums of Brazil’s favelas, where urban drug lords rule.

“The governor is merely saying out loud what so many more think but fear to say,” said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance. “Rio today is like Chicago under Al Capone – times ten. Reforming drug prohibition won’t be as quick and easy as repealing alcohol Prohibition was, but there’s no hope for breaking the drug-crime nexus unless many more elected officials heed Governor Cabral’s call.”

Governor Cabral’s comments add to a growing list of Latin American leaders who are questioning drug prohibition and calling for new strategies, including legalization, to address the violence created by the illegality of drugs. Former Central and South American presidents, including Mexico’s Vicente Fox and Uruguay’s Jorge Batlle, among others, have called for an international dialog on how best to deal with the disastrous prohibitionist policies that are costly, futile and counter-productive.

Governor Sergio Cabral, who took office two months ago, promised that a priority of his administration would be to combat the crime stemming from these drug gangs. Several months ago, one of the governor’s first acts was to ask the federal government to send a special security force to Rio following the eruption of gang violence that caused civilian and police deaths.

Cabral questions current U.S. drug policy. When he asked, “Is the United States correct in its conservative policy on drugs?” he responded, “In my view—absolutely incorrect.”

3 Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    Um pequeno passo para o homem…
    …um grande passo para humanidade!

    LEGALIZE JA !!! -====*~~~~

  2. Arco says:

    No mar tem substâncias, vamos explorar o mar! No mar tem minas de ouro nos oceanos abissais, vamos avisar aos garimpeiros!
    A nova lei antidrogas deve ser revista,né? Cabral poderia dar um toque na bancada federal “dele” sobre o assunto? chamar a pauta? Uma Gabeirinha só não faz verão…eu pensava que dava pra ser levado a sério, pelo nível de certas propostas. Sangue, suor e lágrimas? Seja!
    Beatriz, Beatriz, Beatriz…o fenômeno drogas naõ é só pensamento…e a fé nem sempre é clara. Vale pelo ideal de liberdade, e por causa de um nome nessa luta.

  3. Vital says:

    Acordei e mudei de idéias. Depois de considerar que as indústrias cervejeiras se utilizam de mitos femininos pré-fabricados e que o coletivo aceita e estimula o consumo do álcool e, ainda assim, uma parcela imensa de jovens não tolera os alcóolicos em geral, fico agora pensando que super-dimensionam as possíveis “trágicas” consequencias de uma legalização do consumo de substâncias hoje ilícitas. Estou começando a aceitar a idéia de que é necessário uma alternativa concreta no sentido da legalidade. O modelo atual é vergonhoso e hipócrita, caduco e servil (U.S), altamente deficitário no cumprimento das metas a que se propõe. E a violência óóó…