En dag efter GDCP(global commission on drug policy) mötet, var en konferens som anordnades av den polska “Gazeta Wyborcza”, och den globala kommissionen om narkotikapolitiken i fokus.
200 gäster och 20 högt uppsatta samlades i ett överfullt konferensrum för att diskutera ämnet “Droger:? Slutet på kriget”.
Välkända polska politiker, konstnärer och experter diskuterade vad som ska ändras, varför den nuvarande narkotikalagstiftningen inte fungerar och, varför det inte löser problemet med narkotikahandel. Tolv år efteratt den polska regeringen införde en förbuds baserad narkotikalagstiftningen, kan vi säga säkert att åtalet synsätt har burit frukt – på ett inte så lyckat sett!
“Agnieszka Sienaiwska, a lawyer at the Ombudsman for Addicts program, expressed her strong opinion in the debate [do you mean ‘on’ the debate – or did she actually speak ‘in’ the debate?] opposing the amended Act on counteracting drug addiction, a Law which came into effect ten months ago in Poland and does not show any sign of working as intended.
Since that change, the prosecutor has been authorized to dismiss criminal charges, if the offender possesses only a small amount of drugs for personal use, and he (the prosecutor) finds that punishment is not necessary. But ever since its introduction, the number of legal cases is still rising.
Marek Grondas, a specialist in therapy for drug addictions, focused on the social aspects of drug abuse. For many years, he has been treating people with addictions; in his experience, young people are aware that using drugs is harmful, but that doesn’t stop them from using them. The best evidence of this fact is the growing interest in ‘smart drugs’ in Poland. Krzysztof Kwiatkowski and Barbara Wilamowska, as representatives of the Ministry of Justice, spoke negatively about the war on drugs, but they also claimed that we have to wait for results of the above-mentioned amendment.
Aleksander Kwa?niewski, former Polish president, publicly confessed that it was a huge mistake to make calculations based only on the state’s interests, and not taking into account the personal tragedies and damages caused to citizens. He apologized for his previous decision.
Later, members of the Global Commission on Drug Policy took the microphone. Former Brazilian president, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, argued that all drugs should be decriminalised and punishment of imprisonment must be removed. He also described the situation in his own country, where drug trade and drug production runs on a much larger scale than in Poland.”