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STOP THE WAR ON DRUGS

Heidelberg Declaration

NO PRISON FOR DRUGS
Natural psychedelic substances, cannabis and visionary mushroom for example, have been in use for religious, recreational, medicinal, and other purposes since time immemorial.
The legal prohibition of the use of these and their synthetic counterparts, e.g. LSD and MDMA, and the artificial market conditions create inflict more harm to individuals and communities than drug use itself.

WE CONDEMN
the brutal treatment of individuals who use or trade drugs in such as Malaysia, Saudi-Arabia, the USA, and other countries where drug use is criminalized and punished by imprisonment and even death. Such treatment is irrational, is based on a fruitless wish to control behaviour, does nothing to decrease drug use, and violates common sense standards of human rights.
Problems arising from drug use respond only to a preventive or therapeutic approach. Adoption of the proper approach to drug related problems is the responsibility of society as a whole.

WE DO NOT ADVOCATE
the careless use of any drug, psychedelic or otherwise, legal or otherwise, addictive or otherwise. We seek a policy that is rational, compatible with good health, and linked to a sense of self-responsibility. The policy of criminalization has the opposite effect.

WE PLEDGE OURSELVES
to provide realistic, credible information to the public and especially to young people on the effects and risks of drug use. This information will be based on actual experience and not outdated theory or government propaganda.
No government has a moral right to prohibit a mature, adequately informed individual from using a psychoactive substance of his or her choice.

WE ADVOCATE
free choice for the individual who is mature and competent to make decisions regarding the use of psychoactive substances to explore non-ordinary states of consciousness. This presupposes an enlightened attitude on the part of health professionals, not kneejerk condemnation.

WE CALL FOR
- Immediate amnesty for all victims of the War on Drugs.
- National and international agreements with a view to decriminalization.
- An end to the War on Drugs.

GIVE PEACE A CHANCE


"First International Conference on Drug War Prisoners"; Heidelberg, 25.February 1996.