Pubdate: Fri, 31 Mar 2000
Date: 03/31/2000
Source: Times, The (UK)
Author: Danny Kushlick
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Sir, Your leading article (March 29) suggests that we should refrain
from making changes to the drug laws until we know the full dangers of
using illegal drugs.

In fact the opposite is true. The criminalisation of drugs has led to
a situation where enormous numbers of young people are buying
unlicensed Ecstasy from unregulated dealers in a market in which the
Government cannot intervene.

We must legalise drugs because they are dangerous, not because they
are safe.

Danny Kushlick, Campaign for Effective Drug Policy, Director,
Transform, Roselake House, Hudds Vale Road, Bristol BS5 7HY