Thursday, May 20, 2004

Is free Heroin, the best way to slash crime

Johann Hari Britain's Young Journalist of the Year discusses the legalisation of Heroin

1 comment:

Tom said...

Also interesting are Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. They have a very pragmatic view that the money spent on drug enforcement is simply a bad investment, an example they gave (on Hack) was something like $30,000 to prosecute a cannabis possession for an average of a $100 fine (I don't recall the exact figures.)

Their goal is to simply stop prosecuting petty drug offences due to their excessive cost. Defacto legalisation supported by the community, with the government and legal system catching up later. Apparently, this is a tactic that has worked with many other major policy shifts in the past, such as decriminalising of homosexuality.