Friday 16 November 2018

The war on drugs is lost... so what do we do now?

Government research shows decriminalisation and taxation of our illicit drugs trade may be the way forward

Professor Catherine Comiskey Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Professor Catherine Comiskey Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Jim Cusack

Although the official Government line is that drugs decriminalisation "is not being discussed", the mounting evidence from its own research is that Ireland has lost the "war on drugs".

In 2000, the then Government ruled that research should begin into the drugs markets, and it set up the National Advisory Committee on Drugs and Alcohol (NACDA).

One NACDA report was released last week - the day after American states California, Nevada, Maine and Massachusetts voted to join Colorado, Washington State, Oregon and Alaska in legalising cannabis for recreational use. A total of 21 states have also now decriminalised cannabis use for medical purposes.

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