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Countries should consider legalising cannabis in light of futility of bans

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c5471 (Published 07 October 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5471
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

The United States and other countries need urgently to consider ways of legalising the sale of cannabis, as attempts to stop its supply have resulted in all-out failure and led to major harms, says a group of leading scientists.

A report from the International Centre for Science in Drug Policy, a global network of scientists and academic doctors committed to reducing the harmful effects of illicit drugs, says that despite “aggressive criminal justice measures” in the US cannabis is widespread and readily available.

Federal funding for combating drugs in the US …

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