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Portugal decriminalised drugs in 2001 – should the UK? (Picture: Blair Gable/Reuters)
Drugs are a great evil – but it takes a lot of political courage to admit that keeping them illegal has completely failed.
There are now signs some MPs are realising the impulse to lock up drug users rather than treat them hasn’t worked for decades.
Yesterday’s report by the Home Office demonstrated that countries with severe penalties for using drugs, like Japan, haven’t seen lower levels of drug use than those which have more liberal laws.
‘Liberal’ doesn’t necessarily mean ‘letting people get away with it’, by the way.
So why is it so hard for politicians like David Cameron to actually suggest to voters they’ve been wrong for so many years?
David Cameron can’t quite bring himself to back decriminalisation (Picture: AP Photo/Yves Logghe)
Here’s what the prime minister has to say on the question of reforming…
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