Legalising the sell of drugs over the counter by specially trained chemists will help in reducing the level of drug-related crime, campaigners said.
A UK drugs reform charity urged the government to nationalise cocaine, ecstasy and amphetamines and allow the drugs to be sold in government-run pharmacies. The former prime minister of New Zealand Helen Clark wrote a forward in a book by the drugs liberalisation campaign group Transform which sought to introduce practical ways to sell drugs in state-run special pharmacies.
In the foreword, Clark wrote: “As consensus grows that the ‘war on drugs’ has failed, so does the need for a frank exploration of the alternatives … It is essential that we begin a serious discussion on how we regulate stimulants.”
Police forces across the UK have been trying to use different techniques to stop drug-related crimes however, legalising the three drugs could be an alternative to the “unwinnable war against drugs,” campaigners suggested.
Manuel Santos, the former president of Colombia Juan supported the idea and said legalisation will take away resources from the drug-dealing gangs and reduce the level of drug-related crime. “I am totally in favour of legalising cocaine,” Santos said.
Transform’s chief executive, Dr James Nicholls, said: “Our proposals would take drug supply away from organised crime groups, creating a system that reduces harm rather than increasing it. The status quo can’t continue.”
The book suggested that a specialist regulatory agency under the government`s supervision could license the production of drugs. It highlighted that sales should be limited to those who are over 18, with only one dose per purchase.