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Top Cop Calls For Ecstasy Legalisation ::

Reported by Tristan Ingram on January 9, 2008

North Wales Chief Constable Richard Brunstrom re-opened the debate on legalising ecstasy this week, in a bold and outspoken interview on BBC Radio 4’a Today show.

Chief Constable Brunstom attacked prohibitionist drug laws as being ‘out of date’ and noted they cause more than half of recorded crime in the UK and announced he’s to start actively campaigning for legalisation of all drugs.

"The government wants evidence-based policy; the evidence is very clear that prohibition doesn't work, it can't work, an enforcement-led strategy is making things worse, not better,” the highly respected police chief pointed out.

"I think that the legalisation and subsequent regulation of proscribed drugs is now inevitable, and I think it's ten years away, not ten months away,” he predicted.

He also attacked ‘scaremongering’ and ‘rumour-mongering’ by politicians and much of the media, in particular the relentless demonisation of ecstasy.

"Ecstasy is a remarkably safe substance - it's far safer than aspirin," he claimed.

"If you look at the government's own research into deaths you'll find that ecstasy, by comparison to many other substances - legal and illegal - it is comparably a safe substance,” he added.

Drugs expert Danny Kushlick from Transform agreed, telling the Independent ‘the reason that people call Ecstasy "pills" is because we have no idea what goes into them.’

“If prohibition was brought to an end, we could see the introduction of proper ingredients lists, health warnings and quality control." Danny added.

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