The Way It Is, Like It Or Not...
Man, does he nail it here. Imagine if we put all the money into this failed “war” into other things? Hell, even if we put it toward something I would hate like a job training program or something similar.
Anything has to be a better use of funds than prohibition.
Decriminalisation of drug possession does not lead to increase in drug use, a new report has found.
As part of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, we have consistently called for countries to experiment with new approaches to tackling drugs.
Now new research from Release, a UK drug policy organisation, illustrates how countries that have already taken the brave step of changing their drugs policies are not experiencing adverse effects.
The study (A Quiet Revolution: Drug Decriminalisation Policies in Practice across the Globe) reviews the evidence in 21 countries that have adopted some form of decriminalisation, from the Netherlands to Estonia, Australia to Mexico, Uruguay to Portugal.
The report states: “The harms of criminalisation far outweigh those of decriminalisation. Decriminalisation does appear to direct more drug users into treatment, reduce criminal justice costs, and shield many drug users from the devastating impact of a criminal conviction.
“A decriminalisation approach coupled with investment in harm reduction and treatment services can have a positive impact on both individual drug users and society as a whole.”