Bluelight

Thread: U.K. - Drugs should be legalised, regulated, and taxed

Results 1 to 2 of 2
  1. Collapse Details
    U.K. - Drugs should be legalised, regulated, and taxed 
    #1
    Moderator
    Drugs in the Media
    S.J.P.'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Montreal, Canada
    Posts
    2,263
    Drugs should be legalised, regulated, and taxed
    Fiona Godlee
    The BMJ
    May 10th, 2018

    Some numbers in this week's journal bear reflection. The war on drugs costs each UK taxpayer an estimated ?400 a year. The UK is now the world's largest exporter of legal cannabis, yet recreational and medicinal use are criminalised. Scotland has the EU's highest rate of drug related deaths, double that of 10 years ago. The global trade in illicit drugs is worth ?236bn, but this money fuels organised crime and human misery. Why should it not instead fund public services?

    A growing number of countries are taking a more enlightened route, say Jason Reed and Paul Whitehouse (doi:10.1136/bmj.k1999). In Portugal, where non-violent possession of drugs has been decriminalised, consumption hasn't increased but drug related deaths have fallen considerably. In the Netherlands, the USA, and now Canada, regulated markets for the sale of cannabis generate substantial tax revenues.

    Meanwhile, in the UK vast sums are spent on prosecuting individuals and trying vainly to interrupt the flow of drugs into cities, carried along "county lines" by vulnerable children. Reed and Whitehouse speak for the Law Enforcement Action Partnership, which calls for legalisation and regulation. They say that the money could instead be spent on quality control, education, treatment for drug users, and child protection. Revenues could be diverted from criminal gangs into government coffers.
    Read the full article here.
    Reply With Quote
     

  2. Collapse Details
     
    #2
    Moderator
    Drugs in the Media
    S.J.P.'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Montreal, Canada
    Posts
    2,263
    It's nice to see this coming from the editor-in-chief of the highly-respected British Medical Journal.
    Reply With Quote
     

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •