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Richard Branson: War on Drugs Doesn't Work

In Portugal, things are a little different. Possession of small amounts of drugs there remains illegal, but under changes made in 2001, it becomes an administrative rather than a criminal offence.

The offender goes on to appear in front of a board of legal experts, social workers and psychologists, rather than a courtroom with a judge. The onus is on help, not punishment.

Billionaire businessman Sir Richard Branson thinks a similar system could work here. He is part of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, which wants the drug problem to be tackled as a health issue instead of a criminal scourge.

The commission is made up of a number of former world leaders, figures who, Sir Richard insists, would implement vastly different drug policies if they had their time in power over again.

Source: Metro. Read full article. (link)

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  • SIV||

    The offender goes on to appear in front of a board of legal experts, social workers and psychologists,

    Or as cosmotarians call it "legalization".

  • Aresen||

    The offender goes on to appear in front of a board of legal experts, social workers and psychologists, rather than a courtroom with a judge. The onus is on help, not punishment.

    The tipoff word here is "offender". I am sure that my definition of 'help' is not the same as that of the "board of legal experts, social workers and psychologists".

    How about just leaving people alone if they aren't hurting you?

  • dinkster||

    a board of busybodies is still better than a gavel wielding tyrant.

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