Thailand and Myanmar joined forces to suppress narcotics, traffickers and drug users along their border. The 67th meeting of the Thailand-Myanmar Township Border Committee (TBC) has concluded peaceably as they cordially discussed the narcotics and transnational crimes. The meeting was co-chaired by Col. Jiradet Kamolphet, commander of an ad hoc unit from the 2nd Cavalry Regiment of Thailand’s Pha Muang Task Force, and Major La Miang-u, acting commander of the 526th Rapid Movement Battalion of Myanmar. Furthermore, the Thai side asked Myanmar to help track down criminal suspects who recently fled from Thailand, and to consider opening a temporary border cross at Kiew Pha Work area of Chiang Mai’s Chiang Dao district, to facilitate local border trade.
The global commission on Drug policy released a new report in its official website which recommends internationally legalizing cannabis, marijuana and other drugs. The panel in its report also recommends for expanding various treatments available to the drug users and for also making them more available than now, and investing in programs to discourage children from using drugs, rather than enforcing harsh punishments against drug users. The report also asks each country to develop its own unique, human rights-based approaches for regulation of drugs and violations of drug law. The report fired up controversy by mentioning that UN single convention on narcotic drugs 1961 and US war on drugs campaign had failed to achieve its objectives. Panel includes elite members like former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Colombian President Cesar Gaviria, Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou, Richard Branson and former US Secretary of State George Shultz.