The Guardian has consistently been one of the media leaders in talking openly about the drug war â€” all aspects. This weekend was no exception…
What Britain could learn from Portugal’s drugs policy by Peter Beaumont
In the midst of the recently resurgent debate in Britain about whether our drug laws are working â€“ or require a major overhaul â€“ the experience of Portugal has become a crucial piece of evidence in favour of a radical approach that has confounded the expectations of even its conservative critics, so much so that in the last month British officials have asked their Portuguese counterparts for advice, with the only caveat being that they avoid mentioning the word “decriminalise”.
It’s an interesting look into the success of Portugal’s experiment.
The potential benefits and costs of drug policy innovations will remain incalculable as long as governments refuse to implement and research them.
A lesson that’s also true for us (and we have the perfect laboratory to test innovations â€” the states!)
Legalise drugs and a worldwide epidemic of addiction will follow by Antonio Maria Costa (former head of the UNODC).
The debate between those who dream of a world free of drugs and those who hope for a world of free drugs has been raging for years.
It’s a cute phrase and he’s been using it for years, but it has nothing to add to the discussion. The whole piece is a muddle, with quite a number of references to the problems of prohibition, but a complete failure to recognize that legalization, not prohibition, is the source of real control.
A shout-out to my mom, who is 88 and is an occasional reader of this blog. She just had a stroke and has been diagnosed with Wernicke’s Aphasia â€” a problem with the language center of the brain. I just spent the last two days with her at the hospital in Des Moines, and her long-term prognosis looks good (although it’s unlikely that she’ll be able to read blogs for awhile).
This is an open thread.