Campaigners who claim they want to liberalise the drug laws are in fact demanding more state control over drug-users.
Last week, the entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson gave evidence to the Commons Home Affairs Committee on drug-law reform. The Virgin tycoon spoke as a representative of the Global Commission on Drug Policy and argued in favour of liberalising English drug laws. Branson said what most of us already know: the global war on drugs has failed. Drug supply and consumption have not varied significantly in the UK over recent years despite reams of new legislation. Branson argues that we should follow a model of decriminalisation established in other European countries, like Portugal, where it is no longer a criminal offence to possess or supply any type of drug.
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