Monday, October 15, 2007

Legalise all drugs: chief constable demands end to 'immoral laws'

"One of Britain's most senior police officers is to call for all drugs – including heroin and cocaine – to be legalised and urges the Government to declare an end to the 'failed' war on illegal narcotics.

"Richard Brunstrom, the Chief Constable of North Wales, advocates an end to UK drug policy based on "prohibition". His comments come as the Home Office this week ends the process of gathering expert advice looking at the next 10 years of strategy.

"In his radical analysis, which he will present to the North Wales Police Authority today, Mr Brunstrom points out that illegal drugs are now cheaper and more plentiful than ever before.

"The number of users has soared while drug-related crime is rising with narcotics now supporting a worldwide business empire second only in value to oil. 'If policy on drugs is in future to be pragmatic not moralistic, driven by ethics not dogma, then the current prohibitionist stance will have to be swept away as both unworkable and immoral, to be replaced with an evidence-based unified system (specifically including tobacco and alcohol) aimed at minimisation of harms to society,' he will say ..."
The Independent

(We can only agree that the 'war on drugs' is an obvious failure and that treatment for addiction as a medical problem makes infinitely more sense than current Western punitive policies.)

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