I see that Sir Ian Gilmore, the retiring president of the Royal College of Physicians, has endorsed the call made by Nicholas Green QC, the chairman of the Bar Council, to consider the decriminalisation of drug use. He believes that this could drastically cut crime and addicts’ health problems.
Drug taking is a mug’s game – harming not only the taker but, under the present system, many others as well – but making the practice a criminal offence appears to cause as many if not more problems than it solves. The best force to reducing drug use is likely to be educative and relying on peer pressure, as has happened with cigarette use.
Sir Ian Gilmore’s call reinforces the case for a Royal Commission, or something similar, on our drugs law, though ultimately only action at international level will make much difference.