Why stop with pot? Let’s decriminalize all drugs

Canada is preparing to legalize and regulate possession of marijuana – with a target date of July 1, 2018.

It’s a long overdue public policy with sound economic and health arguments to back it up, notably:

More harm is caused by criminal prohibition and prosecution than the use of marijuana itself;
Criminal laws prohibiting possession do not deter use;
Decriminalization of possession does not lead to greater use;
Decriminalization frees up resources for police and the courts to deal with more serious crimes;
Profits (or taxes) from sales go into public coffers instead of to organized crime.

 

By Andre Picard.

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