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''One part of the research was that we interviewed something like 50 senior police, senior magistrates, senior politicians, senior public servants. Every one of them, unanimously, said, 'You are absolutely right and we totally agree with you, we need to move away from prohibition, we need another social policy, and you will never catch me saying that in public'.'' Another world leader on drug policy reform is former Brazilian president Fernando Cardoso. In a recent opinion article in The Age
, he said: ''Prohibition has failed and we must redirect our efforts to the harm caused by drugs, and to reducing consumption. The war on drugs is a lost war, and 2011 is the time to move away from a punitive approach in order to pursue a new set of policies based on public health, human rights and commonsense.''
Drugs, legal and illicit, are widely used and effectively regulated in many cases. Crofts and many researchers the world over advocate moving the regulation of currently illicit drugs from the criminal justice system to the health system.
Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/getting-it-right-20110522-1eyt9.html#ixzz1NHs4ug7p