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Should drug possession and use be legalised?


My son died of "recreational" drugs earlier this year having successfully completed rehab and been drug (and alcohol) free for over 6 months. I am sure that the behaviour of the Police triggered his relapse (he was on very long term bail without charge. When he died his desk was covered with his legal papers: as stressful as a GMC investigation). We need societal control, to eliminate criminality, and severely restrict (i.e. abolish) use by teenagers. Criminalisation clearly does not achieve this, but instead stimulates an uncontrolled market that targets the vulnerable. Tax "recreational" drugs like cigarettes & alcohol, restrict sale to adults, and the problem becomes manageable. As in all health matters there is no perfect solution but decades of criminalisation has seen an explosion of drug use and is evidently counterproductive.

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13 Aug 2016

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