Legalise All Drugs, Says Police Chief

Legalise All Drugs, Says Police Chief
Posted by FoM on December 14, 2001 at 08:10:45 PT
Source: Evening Standard 
A police chief believes the only way to win the war on drugs may be to legalise them all. Chief Constable of North Wales Police Richard Brunstrom is calling for a Royal Commission on legalisation in his address to his police authority.A statement released by the force shows Mr Brunstrom compares the UK's policy of banning the sale and possession of illegal drugs with that of alcohol prohibition in 1920s America.
He argues that despite the huge amount of cash spent on tackling the "flood" of narcotics on our streets, drugs like cannabis, ecstasy, cocaine and heroin are cheaper and more readily available than ever before.He describes Home Secretary David Blunkett's moves to re-classify cannabis as a timid measure, which leaves dealers and smugglers free to continue amassing huge profits.Mr Brunstrom also describes Government policy on tobacco and alcohol as "baffling and confusing", considering "the immense cost to society and industry from the results of their abuse".Mr Brunstrom does not consider it the police's place to formulate policy and it stresses that North Wales Police's current stance is to fully back the existing laws.But he will call on the Government to use its majority to establish a Royal Commission.The statement reads: "Only a Royal Commission would have the independence and political freedom to coolly and rationally consider all the options."These could include leaving things as they are; depenalisation; decriminalisation; cracking down even harder on drug misuse, smuggling and dealing; or the legalisation of some or all drugs."Source: London Evening Standard (UK)Published: December 14, 2001Copyright: 2001 Associated Newspapers Ltd.Contact: letters Articles:Up In Smoke - Guardian Unlimited Police and Hard Drugs: The Cleveland Report Urge Radical Shift on Drugs Body Says Punishment Does Not Stop Use 
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