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December 16, 2010

Top UK official calling for total drug legalization

As detailed in this article from across the pond, which is headlined, "Legalise all drugs, says former Labour Home Office minister," there is a former UK official once deeply involved in the war on drugs now urging a complete surrender.  Here are the details:

Bob Ainsworth MP, who ran the Home Office's drugs policy between 2001 and 2003, will say that drug trade should be taken away from criminals and handed to doctors and pharmacists. The sale of drugs would regulated, under Mr Ainsworth's plan, with the most dangerous being proscribed by doctors.

He told The Daily Telegraph last night: "I am not a libertarian. I don't believe that you should buy heroin on street corners and get yourself zonked out. But we have to treat this as a medical problem."

In speech to MPs today he will give vent to his “long held view” that “the war on drugs has been nothing short of a disaster”. In a Westminster Hall debate in the Houses of Parliament today, Mr Ainsworth, who was in charge of drugs policy between June 2001 and June 2003, will say: “Prohibition has failed to protect us."...

Mr Ainsworth, who has represented Coventry North since 1992, will say that his time as defence secretary from June 2009 to May 2010 “showed to me that the war on drugs creates the very conditions that perpetuate the illegal trade". “My departure from the front benches gives me the freedom to express my long held view that, whilst it was put in place with the best of intentions, the war on drugs has been nothing short of a disaster.”...

He will add: “The re-legalisation of alcohol in the US after thirteen years of Prohibition was not surrender. It was a pragmatic move based on the Government’s need to retake control of the illegal trade from violent gangsters.”

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Now if we could just get one of these folks while they are still in office and able too do something other than talk.

Posted by: Soronel Haetir | Dec 16, 2010 9:08:02 AM

Amen, perfect summary..

Posted by: Abe | Dec 16, 2010 10:34:56 AM

Here, here, Mr. Ainsworth. Good for you: the emperor has no clothes.

Posted by: anon1 | Dec 16, 2010 11:38:27 AM

Everything has to be done to prevent people from abusing drugs. Legalisation is not a solution to this worldwide problem. I am fighting against drugs and alcohol abuse. What we should do is to help people get rid of their drugs.
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Posted by: Frank | Dec 16, 2010 1:43:51 PM

Frank I wish you well on your battles with abuse but tell me how do you propose to help people get rid of their drugs? We have been trying for 40+ years with no victory in sight. Is it not time to consider other methods?

Posted by: Anon | Dec 16, 2010 9:37:26 PM

Mexican Attorney General Arturo Chavez said that 30,196 people have been killed in drug-related violence nationwide since President Felipe Calderon took office four years ago.

Posted by: Anon | Dec 16, 2010 10:11:20 PM

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