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Make all drugs legal and stop censoring free thought and recklessness

by | 3rd, October 2013

DAVID Aaronovitch has something sensible to say on the war on drugs:

Take crime and contaminated supplies out of the equation and the number of deaths will certainly fall..

At huge expense we have put armies of people in prison, occupied millennia of police time, effectively ceded control of a big and lucrative trade to gangsters, while at the same time failing to meet any of our objectives for reducing illicit drug use. It is time to do something else…

The big problem, of course, is that there is no reliable model whatsoever for working out how much drug-taking would increase as a result of lifting the prohibition. For example one major recent attempt to quantify the cost benefit analysis of legalising cannabis gave a level of uncertainty that created a range of minus £1.3 billion in drugs-related costs to society to plus £400 million in benefit. I would anticipate even more uncertainty in any model dealing with “hard” drugs.

The “it’s illegal, don’t do it” message has

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