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Legalising drugs is a dopey idea

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RADIO host James Whale supports London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s ‘steps towards the legalisation of drugs’, arguing that it ‘may not be such a bad idea’ since ‘prohibition has never worked’. 

Neither has the prohibition against burglary so perhaps we should legalise that too, with ‘strict safeguards’, of course, like those pertaining in all those places where the law has already been relaxed; where the appalling consequences for society, especially the poorest, have been swept aside in the cause of ‘freedom’, and the slope from ‘soft’ to ‘hard’ drugs is as slippery as the slope from ‘assisted dying’ to euthanasia. 

Legalising illegal drugs is not an answer to the problem, but it is often assumed that if the police do not have to spend so much time dealing with drug possession, they can devote their energies to more ‘serious’ crime. It can be guaranteed, however, that if this coalition of slightly dippy Left-wing progressives and Right-wing pragmatists get their way, crime will explode, detonated by an exponential increase in drug use. The recent appalling cases of child cruelty and murder will be as nothing compared with what would happen if parents and ‘carers’ were legally allowed to use drugs.

Not even Mr Whale would be happy to travel in a taxi, bus or plane ‘controlled’ by someone taking cannabis, but he invites us to ‘imagine the vast sums we could raise for the Treasury’ if drugs were legalised. We would then have to spend these vast sums on tackling even more crime and clearing up the social damage caused by widespread drug-taking. Legalising drugs is not a new idea, but it is a very dopey one.

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Ann Farmer
Ann Farmer
Ann Farmer is the author of By Their Fruits: Eugenics, Population Control, and the Abortion Movement (Catholic University of America, 2008).

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