Letter: Drugs challenge

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Sir: Tony Langtry is wrong when he claims that there are no politicians prepared to challenge the accepted wisdom of our drug laws, to point out that prohibition is creating more problems than it is solving, or to suggest that legalising, licensing, supervising and taxing might offer a better means of achieving reductions both in harm and crime (letter, 29 November).

Some of us have even fought (and won) by-elections in which the issue of drugs was paramount.

The few politicians who are prepared to speak out are simply swamped by the much larger number who, I believe, have never thought about the issue enough to get beyond knee-jerk endorsements of existing policy.

CHRIS DAVIES MEP

Liberal Democrat, North West of England

Stockport, Greater Manchester

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