Newsbrief: Leading British Comedian Says Legalize It All 8/2/02

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Comedy writer Ben Elton has joined the legalization chorus in Britain. Elton, one of the most successful writers and standup comics in the last 20 years in Britain, is best known for creating the TV series Black Adder and the Young Ones, but has also written five novels and four plays. He was among the select entertainers who performed at the Queen's Jubilee pop concert last month at Buckingham Palace.

But in remarks to the Scotsman newspaper on July 23, Elton turned serious. The current drug laws should be radically rewritten to make such drugs as cocaine and heroin legally available, he said.

"I firmly believe that hugely radical solutions are now required. It's about legalization, not decriminalization," said the popular entertainer. When asked whether he meant hard drugs, Elton was emphatic. "Yes. It is self-evident that criminalization hasn't worked. All it has presented us with is organized crime."

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