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Letter: Legalisation Of It Would Solve More Problems Than Stiffer,Sentences
Evening News, Norwich
Wednesday 02 Sep 1998
James Sandham (EN Aug 20) classifies all non-prescription drugs together
as harmful and wants suppliers jailed for life.
Alcohol, tobacco, tea and coffee and even colas are all addictive and
can be dangerous drugs.
Would he also throw away the keys on publicans and the supermarkets and
the corner shops?
Are we to ignore the experts in favour of some sort of "reefer madness"
scaremongering and lock away cannabis dealers for life?
There is already the possiblitiy of a life sentence for dealers in large
quantities of hard drugs, yet the situation is worsening, even though
many dealers are locked away for decades.
Giving them an automatic life-means-life sentence will not deter them
from the profits which the prohibition creates the opportunity for.
Legalisation, with supply controlled according to the danger element,
will immediately destroy the illegal market and everything that goes
with it and enable the speedy recognition of addiction.
Drug addiction needs to be treated as a matter of health, not of law.
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