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Ex-minister in call to decriminalise all drugs

 

Former minister Bob Ainsworth: ''The war on drugs is not working''

 

A former minister with responsibility for drugs policy has called for the decriminalisation of all drugs.

 

Bob Ainsworth, who oversaw the issue at the Home Office in Tony Blair's government, said the approach of successive administrations had failed.

 

The Labour MP for Coventry North East, also a former defence secretary, said the current policy left the drugs trade in the hands of criminal gangs.

 

Ministers have insisted they remain opposed to decriminalisation.

 

Mr Ainsworth is the most senior politician so far to publicly call for all drugs, including heroin and cocaine, to be decriminalised.

 

He said he realised while he was a minister in the Home Office in charge of drugs policy that the so-called war on drugs could not be won.

 

Mr Ainsworth has called for a strict system of legal regulation under which different drugs would either be prescribed by doctors or sold under licence.

 

The Labour backbencher said successive governments had been frightened to raise the issue because they feared a media backlash.

 

But he predicted in the end ministers would have no option but to adopt a different approach and consider decriminalisation.

 

He said: "Politicians and the media need to engage in a genuine and grown up debate about alternatives to prohibition, so that we can build a consensus based on delivering the best outcomes for our children and communities. Prohibition has failed to protect us.

 

"Leaving the drugs market in the hands of criminals causes huge and unnecessary harms to individuals, communities and entire countries, with the poor the hardest hit."

 

Mr Ainsworth said billions of pounds was being spent "without preventing the wide availability of drugs".

 

"It is time to replace our failed war on drugs with a strict system of legal regulation, to make the world a safer, healthier place, especially for our children," he said.

 

"We must take the trade away from organised criminals and hand it to the control of doctors and pharmacists."

 

BBC political correspondent Norman Smith says it seems highly unlikely there will be any imminent change in drugs policy, despite Mr Ainsworth's intervention.

 

All three main parties at Westminster remain opposed to decriminalisation.

 

Last week Home Secretary Theresa May said the government's drugs strategy would remain focused on rehabilitation and reducing supply.

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Anything to get back to really good quality E's.

 

Can you imagine the quality of drugs being regulated? It's a great idea but I can't see it. What would the Daily Mail think?

 

I spoke to a drug dealer about this. He said he could make E's every bit as good as they use to be, but they would cost £10 an noone would buy them

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I spoke to a drug dealer about this. He said he could make E's every bit as good as they use to be, but they would cost £10 an noone would buy them

we got a bag of little orange ones a couple of weeks back, unstamped, 7 quid each. Excellent they were, best since early summer.

 

He's wrong. And he probably doesn't know how to make them.

There has been a global shortage of sassafras for a while that has been behind the dearth of decent pills. Hopefully that is changing.

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he'd have been slaughtered for changing his pre-election position and probably sacked is why. de-criminalisation needs to come from the very top down and it never will while the country remains as right wing as it is.

Encouraging though to see an ex-Cabinet minister saying it. And he'd never have got into the position he did if he said this before, so I don't hold that against him that much.

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Encouraging though to see an ex-Cabinet minister saying it. And he'd never have got into the position he did if he said this before, so I don't hold that against him that much.

well it's something better than nothing, yeah. means he talked out of his hole about his beliefs when standing for election though. 'clegging', i believe it's now known as.

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The European Court of Justice has ruled that Dutch authorities can bar foreigners from cannabis-selling coffee shops.

 

The court said the city of Maastricht was within its rights when it passed a 2005 law stopping foreigners entering cafes that sell marijuana.

 

The law was aimed at curbing so-called drug tourists driving from Belgium and Germany to buy marijuana.

 

Correspondents say the government wants to extend the restrictions nationwide

 

There are some 700 coffee shops in the Netherlands. The cultivation and sale of soft drugs through them is decriminalised but not legal.

 

The owner of a Maastricht coffee shop had challenged the 2005 law, arguing that the policy breached EU laws on free movement of goods and services.

 

However, Thursday's ruling said the restrictions still complied with EU law.

 

"That restriction is justified by the objective of combating drug tourism and the accompanying public nuisance," the court said.

 

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-12006356

 

 

 

 

So there you go, or rather don't anymore.

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we got a bag of little orange ones a couple of weeks back, unstamped, 7 quid each. Excellent they were, best since early summer.

 

 

There has been a global shortage of sassafras for a while that has been behind the dearth of decent pills. Hopefully that is changing.

 

 

sounds like muttley that

 

 

be careful sounds like a plant to me! :unsure:

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