Juan Manual Santos shared with the Guardian a perhaps controversial stance that drug classification is politics, and not a science.
Concerning the classification of cocaine and cannabis as dangerous drugs, he shared with the publication
“It was a political decision” and “according to the studies we’ve seen over the past years, substances like cannabis are less harmful than alcohol.”
The Global Commission on Drug Policy, based in Switzerland, includes members who are former heads of state and Santos. The organization appears to be pushing for a revamp of drug policy. According to Ruth Dreifuss, the commission’s chair,
“The international system to classify drugs is at the core of the drug control regime and unfortunately the core is rotten.”