Legalisation would have to be accompanied by personal responsibility

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7031.636 (Published 09 March 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:636
  1. Ikechukwu Obialo Azuonye
  1. Consultant psychiatrist Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit, St Bernard's Wing, West London Healthcare NHS Trust, Southall, Middlesex UB1 3EU

    EDITOR,—Richard Smith argues for the legalisation of those psychoactive substances whose distribution or possession is currently a crime.1 The argument is presented in terms of the impossibility of stopping people from wanting to take illicit drugs, the failure of prohibitionist policies, the desirability of a reduction in the costs of enforcement, the possibility of education about drugs, the attraction of purer preparations of drugs being manufactured by large companies, and the right of individuals to do what they …

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