Independent Online Edition > UK Politics
The Chief Constable in Britain gets it - prohibition only benefits organized crime. It puts the wrong people in jail, it distracts law enforcement from more pressing concerns, overwhelms the prison systems and prevents legitimate treatment of addiction. It's a huge waste of money. Plus, more people die from tobacco and alcohol than illegal drugs. The article cites the following statistic: In Scotland last year tobacco caused 13,000 deaths; alcohol, 2,052; illegal drugs 356; yet both alcohol and tobacco are legal. Though predictably met with a lot of opposition, the report suggests a system based on the harm caused to society with an emphasis on treatment in lieu of the current draconian system.
Wish somebody in this country had the backbone to stand up and tell the truth lik this guy did. He even went so far as to say the current system arose "from a wholly outdated and thoroughly repugnant moralistic stance."
Yep. It's immoral to lock people up for using natural substances for personal use. Our current system has nothing to do with the spirit of freedom our county was built upon.