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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

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Re: Drugs should be legalised, regulated, and taxed

I can only applaud the UK if they try to stop the prohibition of drugs. I do not believe in drugs. They are only medication. Some medications can be dangerous, and that is why they need to be sold with a medical prescription, and used with some precise posology. But to get this, we need legalisation.

A "drug" is only a medication which can become dangerous when it is prohibited. That should be obvious. Once prohibited, we create a criminal market which will target the kids at all street corners. They will not ask for an identity card, nor offer any posology: quite the contrary they will try to hook their "patient" with hazardous products without any quality and price controls.

Prohibition benefits only criminals and terrorists. It provides a simple way to get rich quickly, and to corrupt all levels of society--notably, the political level if only just to pursue prohibition. Al Capone was the main defender of prohibition of alcohol, for example. I am happy to see the UK coming back to reason on that subject. They will show a good example to everybody. To protect the kids, regulation and taxes are far more efficacious than prohibition and prison. Full legalisation is better than decriminalisation. In my opinion, the best would be the full *penalisation* of prohibition. It should be anti-constitutional.

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14 May 2018
Bruno F. MARCHAL
mathematician
IRIDIA-ULB
Brussels 1030.