British Medical Journal: Drugs Should be Legalized, Regulated, and Taxed

The British Medical Journal (BMJ) has released a paper explaining why they are “firmly behind efforts to legalise, regulate, and tax the sale of drugs for recreational and medicinal use.”

“The war on drugs costs each UK taxpayer an estimated £400 a year”, states the BMJ. “The UK is now the world’s largest exporter of legal cannabis, yet recreational and medicinal use are criminalised. Scotland has the EU’s highest rate of drug related deaths, double that of 10 years ago.” They state that “The global trade in illicit drugs is worth £236bn, but this money fuels organised crime and human misery. Why should it not instead fund public services?”

According to the BMJ, “A growing number of countries are taking a more enlightened route,… In Portugal, where non-violent possession of drugs has been decriminalised, consumption hasn’t increased but drug related deaths have fallen considerably. In the Netherlands, the USA, and now Canada, regulated markets for the sale of cannabis generate substantial tax revenues.”

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