Tax and control: of course drugs should be legalised. We would have more for cancer treatments…

Updated 25th May 2018: BMJ 2018;361:k2057  Drugs should be legalised, regulated, and taxed

Legalising the production, purity, distribution, and sale of drugs makes sense. By controlling the processes above the criminals will need to  stop or change into a different field. We as citizens stop spending on prevention and punishment in a system that produces more criminals in training schools (prisons). The savings from both prison and police can be spent on providing a better health service. Wales might even find the money for Cancer Cervix victims..

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Valentine low in the Times reports the royal prince: Should drugs be legalised, asks Prince William

It is a debate that has divided society for decades, with libertarians, hippies and the state of Colorado on one side, and conservatives and anxious parents on the other. Now the Duke of Cambridge has raised the question: is it time for drugs to be legalised?
He spoke out as he visited a charity in east London that helps people with addictions.
Prince William, 35, told a group at the Spitalfields Crypt Trust in Shoreditch who had all been helped by the charity: “Can I ask you a very massive question — it’s a big one. There’s obviously a lot of pressure growing on areas about legalising drugs. What are your individual opinions on that?
“You seem like the key people to actually get a very good idea as to what the big dangers here are.”
Heather Blackburn, 49, from Hackney, said: “I think that it would be a good idea but the money is kind of wasted on drug laws that put people in prison . . . of the people I’ve known in recovery, 95 per cent have massive trauma and terrible stuff happen to them and using drugs to cope and then you get put in prison, you don’t get the facilities and actual help you need.

“ You get punished — which is not going to stop anyone taking drugs.”
William asked: “So there needs to be more of a social element to it?. . . So prison doesn’t tackle the root cause of why someone is taking drugs?” Ms Blackburn replied: “No, it just punishes.”
A royal aide said that while William had been careful not to proffer an opinion, “he has long taken a keen interest in the issue of homelessness and is not immune to the fact that addiction can play a big part in this”.
The aide added: “If there is a social issue then he believes it is important not to talk about it in the abstract but ask questions of and listen to those who are affected.”
A spokesman for Transform, the think tank pressing for a change in drug laws, said: “Transform is delighted that Prince William has the courage to ask one of the most crucial questions of our time . . . legalisation would better protect the most vulnerable people by putting government, not gangsters in control of the drug trade.”

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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