Letter: Prohibition lesson

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Sir: Emma Daly is right to draw attention to the greed and violence underpinning the Ecstasy culture (10 April) but she draws the wrong conclusion. The gang warfare has nothing to do with Ecstasy or its users, it is simply a consequence of the policy of prohibition. If Ecstasy were legalised today, the violence she describes would stop tomorrow. The lessons of prohibition in the US show that it really is as simple as that.

JONATHAN JONES

Oxford

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