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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Former UK Drug Official: Legalize Recreational Drugs

posted by on August 13 at 11:00 AM

Gee, I wonder if any of our former “drug czars” feel the same way:

A former senior civil servant who was responsible for coordinating the government’s anti-drugs policy now believes that legalisation would be less harmful than the current strategy. Julian Critchley, the former director of the Cabinet Office’s anti-drugs unit, also said that his views were shared by the “overwhelming majority” of professionals in the field, including police officers, health workers and members of the government…. In a contribution to the debate on the “war on drugs” on a BBC website, Critchley spelled out his reasons for now supporting legalisation and claimed the government’s position is hypocritical. Yesterday Critchley, who is now a teacher, confirmed that the blog posting accurately conveyed his views.

“I joined the unit more or less agnostic on drugs policy, being personally opposed to drug use, but open-minded about the best way to deal with the problem,” he wrote on the blog. “I was certainly not inclined to decriminalise. However, during my time in the unit, as I saw more and more evidence of ‘what works’, to quote New Labour’s mantra of the time, it became apparent to me that … enforcement and supply-side interventions were largely pointless. They have no significant, lasting impact on the availability, affordability or use of drugs.”

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Our drug laws should have us asking exactly who it is our government represents.

Posted by Vince | August 13, 2008 11:28 AM

weed IS the top cash crop in the US, after all:

Posted by Nixor | August 13, 2008 12:43 PM

The genie is out of the bottle on drugs. You can't stop them, it's not working, so legalize and legislate, and stop the needless dying.

And while we're in the neighbourhood of things we can't stop, legalize prostitution as well. This will also save lives.

Posted by Charm | August 13, 2008 1:11 PM

reminder to everyone to vote AGAINST brad owen in the primary & the general.

dominic, can you weigh in on why so i can work?

Posted by max solomon | August 13, 2008 1:11 PM

Why does he hate the spy camera manufacturers so very very much and the pervs who watch the vids after hacking the spy cams?

Doesn't he know that the only way to win against an enemy that hates our freedoms and uses intrusive measures against its own citizens, including the mandatory presentation of travel and documentary papers while moving within their state, is to become exactly like them?

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 13, 2008 1:55 PM

So if crystal meth were available on the shelf at Walgreens, in 4oz bottles between the toilet paper and the toothpaste, would there be more or less addiction?

Posted by Stinky | August 14, 2008 8:49 PM

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