Is the War on Drugs really worth it?

According to the British Medical Journal (bmj.com) in 2018 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?

Despite what one’s view on drugs are, we all must face the facts. An increasing number of countries (Netherlands, Portugal etc) and states within the USA are either legalising or decriminalising recreational drugs with success. Not only removing stigma for recreational users but working transparently and openly for any mis-use. Not only making communities safer and more tolerant but raising potentially billions of dollars in revenue for education, harm reduction and other programmes.

Arguably England and Wales are frozen in the dark ages with successive governments when it comes to drug reform. Just at the beginning of 2019 Ms May’s government refused (again) to place the decimalisation of drugs on the table for discussion. It is time to listen to the scientist, doctors and politicians to debate based on facts (rather than fear) whether to be a progressive country and minimise harm.

Here’s the legal enforcement in law for recreational drug users:

  1. Firstly we have the Crime and Disorder Act 1998
  2. You’ll then fall under: The Crime and Disorder (Formulation and Implementation of Strategy) Regulations 2007 Take note on the last page “Section 5 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 (“the 1998 Act”) gives certain public authorities in local government areas functions relating to the reduction of crime and disorder and the combating of crime. Collectively these authorities are known as Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships (CDRPs)”
  3. There was an amendment to this Crime and Disorder law in 2012 with a special reference to substance misuse on page 5. The Crime and Disorder Regulations 2012 amendment.
  4. You’ll lose some of your Human Rights (but not be told by authorities)
  5. In particular, you’ll lose your right to a private personal and family life under Article 8.
  6. You’ll be placed on the government enforced “dark-web” These are Cambridge Analytica style cloud-tech that monitor and react to your communications, dating and social apps and sites.
  7. Your less-liberal neighbours and wider community will be engaged and invited by authorities to stage a stealth intervention into your life, well over your moral and personal boundaries.

Here’s how it works in practice, often leading to mental health issues that never existed previously for that user, (continue reading)

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