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UK Police Chief Calls For ‘Ethical, Pragmatic’ Drugs Legalisation ::

Reported by Olly @ Trackitdown on October 12, 2007

Outspoken Welsh police chief Richard Brunstrom published a new report this week calling for all drugs to be legalised, in his latest bold move against prohibition.


"If policy on drugs is in future to be pragmatic not moralistic, driven by ethics not dogma, then the current prohibitionist stance will have to be swept away as both unworkable and immoral,” Mr Brunson declared, “Such a strategy leads inevitably to the legalisation and regulation of all drugs," (


The fearless police leader previously called for legalization on Channel 4 TV news several years ago, ‘if you're not mugging old ladies and not stealing from shops and not stealing cars, what actually is the problem.”


“Why shouldn't you be taking drugs? And that's the question we need to be asking ourselves. Why are these things illegal? What was the purpose behind it? Are these things actually that bad? Are they that evil? Are there better alternatives to controlling use of drugs if we still want to control them," he said.


His appeal contrasted markedly with Australian drug officer Acting Superintendent Rodd Henness who pleaded with users to ‘just say no’ following yet another death in Australia caused by a user taking PMA unintentionally.


"I want to make it clear that this dangerous drug could be found in any tablet sold as MDMA,” Mr Henness told the Australian.


"I cannot emphasise enough the enormous risk on your life and liberty when taking illicit drugs,” he added, “The contents, potency and effects of these drugs are an absolute unknown and you are gambling with your life when taking them.”


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