Drugs: Misuse

Home Department written question – answered on 5th April 2011.

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Photo of Bob Ainsworth Bob Ainsworth Labour, Coventry North East

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 1 February 2011, Official Report, column 686W, on drugs: misuse, whether her Department plans to undertake research into the effects of the criminalisation of drugs.

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)

The Home Office has no plans to undertake research into the effects of the criminalisation of drugs.

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Darryl Bickler
Posted on 6 Apr 2011 3:58 pm (Report this annotation)

Sadly both sides are still laboring under the premise that drugs are criminalised. It is basic to understanding the process to recognise that the law regulates persons with respect to their access to drugs. It is not that the problem is criminlisation of drugs as obviously that is a misnomer, but this linguistic trick masks a whole other level of misunderstanding; it is the criminalisation of persons of course we are opposed to, or rather the arbitrary criminalisation as what is offensive is how those regulations are imposed. There are two fundamental inequalities of treatment extant between the users of some drugs and the users of others. This differentiation is not a fair reflection of the primary law.

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