...like Richard Branson, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.
Sir Richard Branson has never sat on an idea. A frenetic 40-year
career in the public eye has seen him launch Virgin Group, with its 400
companies, while juggling time between world record attempts, Hollywood
cameos and humanitarian drives. Lately, Branson has embarked on a new
adventure, one no less challenging than attempting to circumnavigate the
globe in a balloon. As a member of the Global Commission on Drug
Policy, Branson is sharing the spotlight with the burgeoning movement to
end the U.S.-led war on drugs.
That crusade brought him to New York this week for the premiere of Breaking the Taboo,
a documentary film asserting that the 40-year-old drug war, centered on
prohibition rather than rehabilitation, has failed on all fronts.
Narrated by Morgan Freeman, the film splices images of brutal violence
with interviews with global leaders, including former U.S. Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton,
who lambast the $1 trillion global war for overcrowding prisons while
doing little to curtail drug use among an estimated 230 million people
around the world. “Obviously, if the expected results were that we would
eliminate serious drug use in America and eliminate the
narco-trafficking networks, it hasn’t worked,” says Mr. Clinton during
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