Friday, August 19, 2005

chris davies

The leader of the Liberal Democrats in the European Parliament, British Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Chris Davies, has called for the legalization and regulation of all currently illicit drugs.


"Prohibition is taking us nowhere, and leaving the trade in the hands of criminal gangs," Davies wrote in the article now being widely reported on in the British press. "A legalized but regulated market would put the emphasis on harm reduction and undermine the criminal element. Unfortunately most European governments are in the position of insisting the Emperor has got his clothes on."

a politician.

Davies took that theme and ran with it. "Taking a small percentage of the drugs off the market simply forces up the price, adding to the already vast profits made by the traffickers and providing a stronger financial incentive for others to get involved. It's a vicious circle," he wrote. "Far from preventing the use of illegal drugs the policy of prohibition creates the profits which drive the growth of the trade. It leads to the corruption of our institutions and provides funds for terrorism. These views used to be controversial but now that the prime minister's personal adviser says that existing policies are doomed to failure it is surely time for all responsible politicians to consider whether alternative strategies could do more to curb crime, reduce harm and save lives."

actually gets it.



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