"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."
"The use of marijuana does not lead to morphine or heroin or cocaine addiction."
The La Gardia sub-committee of New York 1944
"Prohibition only drives drunkenness behind doors and into dark places and does not cure or even diminish it."
Key Points about Drug PolicyCourtesy Transform - Working for an effective drug policy
The emperor wears no clothes
The evidence of the failure is all around us; three decades of rising drug use, rising drug related property crime, ever more guns on the streets, growing criminal profits and street drugs cheaper and more available than ever before.
Drug use is a reality
Only when we accept the reality of drug use in modern society can we begin to seek out the most effective policy for managing it. Drug policy cannot be based on the fantasy of a drug free society. It is precisely because drugs are dangerous that they need to be brought under effective legal controls
Time to audit prohibition
Current drug policy is developed in an almost evidence free environment, with no evaluation of the effectiveness of the billions pent annually. Drug policy can no longer be shaped by a misguided moral crusade. An independent audit of the cost effectiveness of current drug enforcement spending is long overdue. See here for more info on the Transform Audit.
European pragmatism or US populism?
The UK's prohibitionist philosophy comes directly from the US, the home of the most brutal, expensive and ineffective drug policy on earth. We now have the harshest laws, the highest prison population and the highest overall drug use in Europe. We must learn from the successes of Europe rather tan copy US failings.
Drug misuse is not a criminal issue
Illegal drug addicts are one of the most socially excluded groups. They should be the focus of our help and compassion rather than persecution and punishment. Policy needs to address the underlying social problems that lead people to take drugs in the first place. Drugs are a health and social issue, not a criminal justice one.
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