Prohibition is an ideologically driven failureBMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39402.477639.BE (Published 22 November 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:1060
- Stephen A Rolles, information officer
- Transform Drug Policy Foundation, Easton Business Centre, Bristol BS8 OHE
Califano's objections to legal regulation of illicit drugs are based on misrepresentation of the reform position bolstered by irrelevant, cherry picked, or misleading facts.1 A similar piece appeared in the Financial Times2 and was systematically critiqued in the paper's economists' forum.3 While Califano's rhetoric has since been moderated, and facts fine tuned, the conceptual flaws remain.
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