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Devastating Downing Street Memo

No, not that one…
This one: Secret report says war on hard drugs has failed:

A secret Downing Street report on crack and heroin, suppressed by ministers, has discovered that the government’s war on drugs has failed.

The document, seen by The Observer, was one of several papers on key areas of government policy prepared by the strategy unit at the Cabinet Office and overseen by policy tsar Lord Birt.

Researchers found that stamping down on hard drugs through the police and courts had little effect on production and found no evidence that attacking drug supply had any impact on the harm caused by heroin and crack users. The full report provides a powerful argument for legalising drugs so they are not controlled by criminals. […]

The full findings of the 105-page report contained such a devastating critique of the government’s policy of prohibition they are unlikely ever to be published.

The suppressed pages, seen by The Observer, show that Downing Street experts found that the international drug war, led by the US, simply displaced production from one country to another.

More government cover-ups. More denial. More of the same broken prohibition policies.

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