UK Police Report: Legalizing Drugs is Obvious Choice 1/28/00

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The Daily Mail is reporting that a report released by the Cleveland (UK) Police, one of Britain's most active police forces, states that the War on Drugs is a failure and that a legalized, regulated market is the obvious choice to replace it. The report was written by the force's former assistant Chief Constable Richard Brunstrom and endorsed by Chief Constable Barry Shaw. It says in part:

"If there is indeed a war on drugs, it is not being won -- drugs are cheaper and more readily available than ever before.... Attempts to restrict availability of illegal drugs have failed so far everywhere... There is little or no evidence that they (drug laws) can ever work within acceptable means in a democracy... There is little evidence that conventional conviction and punishment has any effect on offending levels."

This in advance of an inquiry by a British think-tank, the Police Foundation, that is expected to call for a reassessment of laws against cannabis and ecstasy (MDMA), along with broader drug policy reforms.

Finally, the report calls for a Royal Commission to study the issue of drug prohibition, adding its weight to a growing number of individuals and organizations urging the Blair government to take this step. The Blair government, however, has thus far refused to convene such a study.

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