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Review of drug laws

Comment 3rd July 2010

The term 'controlled substance' is false. Many drugs are completely uncontrolled, mostly because they are in the hands of criminals.

Like many other contributors to this website, I suggest that legalisation and proper regulation of drugs is long overdue. Prohibition clearly has failed and the results are crime, health risks from contamination, an incredible amount of possible revenue falling into the hands of gangsters and the criminalisation of otherwise hard working, law abiding people.

Addiction could be treated as an illness rather than a crime. Taxation could be collected from recreational cannabis users and 'grow your own' enthusiasts. Psychotherapy could benefit from proper investigation of the potential benefits of MDMA, LSD and psilocybin.

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If the desire for adult humans to alter their consciousness through drug use is morally wrong, then a review of drug laws to ban alcohol and tobacco is in order.

Why does this matter?

Use of any chemical is dangerous. However, prohibiting its use is not going to remove the desire to use the chemical and drives the issue into the hands of criminals who care little (if at all) for the wellbeing of their clients.

Drugs are readily available. Many people choose not to use them. To suggest that legalistaion would create a populace which is permanently off its face is irrational. 

The Liberal Democrat manifesto promised to 'always base drugs policy on independent scientific advice, including making the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs completely independent of government'. This is one reason why they received my vote. The time is ripe for a full, scientific and mature look at Britain's relationship with drugs, including alcohol and tobacco.


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