You may have heard recently that the UK government had a study come out (after they tried to suppress it) that basically showed that enforcement has no significant effect on drug use — that the drug war is not only destructive, but ineffective.
The report – the governmentâ€™s first evidence-based study into drugs policy – was not released without incident however, as Liberal Democrat drugs minister Norman Baker accused his Conservative coalition partners of â€œsuppressingâ€ it.
â€œThe reality is that this report has been sitting around for several months,â€ Baker told the Guardian. â€œIâ€™ve been trying to get it out and Iâ€™m afraid that I believe that my coalition colleagues who commissioned the report jointly donâ€™t like the independent conclusions itâ€™s reached.â€
Here’s another article discuing it in the Western Morning News: Fear and loathing in the War on Drugs
I’ve often spoken of prohibition as being like using a sledge hammer. This article had another nice analogy:
The War on Drugs is a bit like using a chainsaw to get rid of facial hair.