Case for drug decriminalisation rests on failure of 40-year-old law
UK drug policy commission says 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act was never designed to deal with current patterns of use
Photograph courtesy of Gareth Fuller. The Guardian
Its report says that since 1971′s Misuse of Drugs Act came in the nature of drug use in Britain has changed radically and the legislation was never designed to deal with such high levels of use nor the rapid development of new drugs.
Under this legislation more than 160,000 people a year are being given cannabis warnings and a further 42,000 in England and Wales sentenced for possessing drugs. Enforcement focuses particularly on the young and some ethnic groups in particular areas, with more than half of all police stop-and-search activity aimed at finding small amounts of drugs.
The scientists and drug experts say the risk of being caught possessing drugs is very low compared with the prevalence of drug use overall and the point has now been reached where the drug laws are largely seen as an irrelevance by those who break them.
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