Times letters: The politics of cannabis decriminalisation – The Times

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Sir, James Forsyth (“Don’t gamble on Johnson decriminalising cannabis”, Apr 9) states that the evidence of drug decriminalisation is a mixed image but omits mention of Portugal, that decriminalised possession of drugs two decades ago. There’s been no marked increase in drug consumption and drug-related deaths have fallen. Other benefits include reduced general offense and savings to the taxpayer owing to the reduced demand for policing. With all the decades-long war on medication a massive failure, Portugal’s course is obviously the only practical way to proceed for states seeking to make their citizens safer and save money.
Oliver Drewett

Caterham, Surrey

Sir, The article by James Forsyth neglects to mention a crucial facet of why legalising recreational drugs (not only cannabis) are of

Sir, James Forsyth (“Don’t bet on Johnson decriminalising cannabis”, Apr 9) claims that the evidence of drug decriminalisation is a mixed image but omits mention of Portugal, that decriminalised possession of drugs two decades ago. There’s been no marked increase in drug consumption and drug-related deaths have fallen. Other benefits include reduced general offense and savings to the taxpayer owing to the reduced demand for policing. With all the decades-long war on medication a massive failure, Portugal’s course is obviously the only practical way to proceed for states seeking to make their citizens safer and save money.
Oliver Drewett

Caterham, Surrey

Sir, The article by James Forsyth neglects to mention a crucial facet of why legalising recreational drugs (not only cannabis) are of

Source: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/times-letters-the-politics-of-cannabis-decriminalisation-k0j83xnbj

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