Wednesday 22 February 2017

James Downey: Time to use the nuclear option in the drugs 'war' -- legalise them all

Published 13/06/2011 | 05:00

The scourge of drug abuse is going nowhere, so now it's time to take them off the streets and off the gangsters. Picture posed
The scourge of drug abuse is going nowhere, so now it's time to take them off the streets and off the gangsters. Picture posed

OFFICIAL: the world has lost the war on drugs. The formal surrender came last week in the form of a report from the Global Commission on Drug Policy, probably the most authoritative body ever set up to study the subject.

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Its members include the former UN secretary general, Kofi Annan, the British businessman Richard Branson and the former US secretary of state, George Shultz. They also include three ex-presidents, of Brazil, Switzerland and Colombia. They know all about drugs in Colombia. Come to think of it, we know too much about them here and everywhere else.

But this knowledge has not been well-absorbed, especially in Ireland. Like the rest of the world, we have been waging this war for 40 years or thereabouts, and frantically refusing to believe the evidence.

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