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End the futile War on Drugs.

Comment 1st July 2010

Why should the legacy of Richard M Nixon's failure of policy resonate on these shores almost 40 years on?

 

It is a gross violation of civil liberties to prohibit these substances for personal use and have police violate people's privacy if they are even suspected of breaching these draconian laws. 

 

It is time for Britain to repeal the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and withdraw from the UN convention on Narcotics, removing control of the supply and manafacture of such things from foreign criminal gangs.

Why does this matter?

This idea will break the back of organised crime in Britain, put control back in the hands of the government, save money on policing, free up prison places, and most importantly generate billions of pounds in additional revenue which could be spent on education, hospitals, defence, or if Labour get back in it can be redistributed to the poor of the world.

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