CNN's Erin Burnett talks to Virgin mogul Richard Branson about his next big project.
It has been four decades since the United States declared a war on drugs. Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group calls America's campaign against drugs a failure.
Branson compares the failure of the war on drugs to Prohibition. He cited the increase of alcohol consumption and the proliferation of organized crime.
"Here we are, four decades after Richard Nixon declared the war on drugs in 1971 and $1 trillion spent since then. What do we have to show for it?
The U.S. has the largest prison population in the world, with about 2.3 million behind bars. More than half a million of those people are incarcerated for a drug law violation. What a waste of young lives."
Branson calls for alternatives to the current drug policy - he writes the U.S. should focus on education, health, taxation and regulation.
Richard Branson has a new documentary, "Breaking the Taboo" on the global policy on drugs and its failure and is OutFront with Erin Burnett tonight.
Tune to Erin Burnett OutFront at 7p and 11p ET on CNN.
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While speaking at the Clinton Global Initiative earlier this week, President Barack Obama vowed to end the modern slavery of human trafficking.
"In short, we're making clear that American tax dollars should never, ever, be used to support the trafficking of human beings. We will have zero tolerance; we mean what we say, we will enforce it, " said Obama.
President Obama is not alone in the fight to end sex trafficking. Academy Award-winning actress Mira Sorvino has long been an advocate in the fight to end human tracking. As a United Nations Goodwill ambassador, she's traveled around the globe to raise awareness. And now she's starring in a new Hollywood film, "Trade of Innocents", following a sex trafficking ring in Cambodia.
OutFront tonight: Actress Mira Sorvino.
If you want to learn more about Mira's efforts and how to help, visit United Nations: Have a heart for victims of human trafficking.
This week the violence in the middle east and the death of innocent people who had dedicated their lives to making a difference is making all of us reflect on how we live.
On whether we are spending our lives how we should. That is something bestselling author Mitch Albom thinks a lot about. His new book is titled "The Time Keeper."