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(visit the link for the full news article)Figures from Scottish Exec Methadone Users
An ex-minister who had responsibility for drugs policy has called for all drugs to be legally available.
Bob Ainsworth, a Home Office minister under Tony Blair, said successive governments' approaches had failed, leaving criminal gangs in control.
The Coventry North East MP wants to see a system of strict legal regulation, with different drugs either prescribed by doctors or sold under licence.
Ministers have insisted they remain opposed to legalisation
Originally posted by Exuberant1
But if they legalise drugs, where will all those gangs get their income from?
And if they turn straight, there will be less need for police - what will all those ex-cops do?
I don't know... those law enforcement officers and bureaucrats get paid a good wage and then they put it back into the economy. Won't this negatively affect the economy? Is that something we really need during these tough times?
Originally posted by christina-66
reply to post by Exuberant1
I'd rather have Tyrone the ex drug dealer working than dealing. .
Originally posted by TheWill
Tobacco costs the NHS something on the region of 0.6 billion pounds sterling every year to combat.
It makes the government something in the region of 11 billion pounds sterling every year in tax.
I would not be comfortable saying "legalise everything", because let's not forget that this country also has a drinking problem, but the Netherlands' very narrow legalisation of drugs such as marijuana, allowing proper taxation and regulation, does seem rather preferable to our poorly enforced laws against the same.