Letter: Remove drugs taboo

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Sir: Roger Houghton (letter, 24 August) advocates the decriminalisation of drugs, if that "is most likely to minimise drug use". However, under such a policy there would be no legal supply. This would give a boost to just those illegal suppliers who are at work today.

Decriminalisation is precisely the form that alcohol prohibition took in 1920s America. It led then to the same problems that all-out prohibition causes now - increased murder rate due to turf wars, increased deaths because of impurities, widespread corruption and the diversion of law enforcement assets away from real crimes.

The only sensible solution is legal supply. The form of supply could vary depending on the substance involved - ranging from a free market for cannabis to prescription only for heroin, for example.

HUGH ROBERTSON

The Legalise Cannabis Alliance

Norwich

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