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Richard Branson and son launch documentary they hope will match impact of An Inconvenient Truth

Current and former world leaders on the frontline of the Us-led war on drugs have called for a radical change of approach in a British-made film, to be launched online on Friday, that aims to do for global drugs policy what An Inconvenient Truth did to highlight manmade climate change.

By featuring a host of leaders, experts, opinion formers and household names pointing out the devastation they say has been inflicted on communities through prohibition, Breaking the Taboo seeks to persuade politicians to put aside fears about being seen as soft on drugs and explore alternatives.

Among those featured are Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos and former Us president Bill Clinton, who admits bluntly that the Us-led war on drugs in Colombia "hasn't worked". Clinton also talks about the need for rehabilitation rather than incarceration when dealing with addicts. »

- Haroon Siddique

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