Just brief thoughts:
A group of MPs have published a report suggesting that the government ought not to prosecute drug users if they are only using drugs, so in effect decriminalising the use of them – though I think the dealing would stay illegal. This is something I’ve been arguing for ages. Although many people use drugs in a casual, recreational manner, there are others who have serious addictions and are not getting the treatment they need because the law is insisting on fining them or throwing them in prison, which will only make problems worse (I’m sure everyone knows there’s a wide prevalence of drugs in prison).
Due to various experiences in life and family I probably have more reason than a lot of people to oppose drugs, and I do – I loathe them. But pragmatically speaking, a tough response to drug use does nothing to solve the problem. It’s absolutely right to continue cracking down on the drugs trade, the trade which keeps users slaves for profit, but don’t punish the victims further. The MPs have called for a system like Portugal, where drug users do not get a criminal record if they willingly go onto schemes to help fight the addiction. I also think this is a good idea.
David Cameron has rejected the report. Of course.