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Drugs should be legalised, regulated, and taxed

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k2057 (Published 10 May 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2057
  1. Fiona Godlee, editor in chief
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Some numbers in this week’s journal bear reflection. The war on drugs costs each UK taxpayer an estimated £400 a year. The UK is now the world’s largest exporter of legal cannabis, yet recreational and medicinal use are criminalised. Scotland has the EU’s highest rate of drug related deaths, double that of 10 years ago. The global trade in illicit drugs is worth £236bn, but this money fuels organised crime and human misery. Why should it not instead fund public services?

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