Transform Drug Policy Foundation news release
15th October 07
North Wales Police Authority endorse call for the legalisation and regulation of drugs
North Wales Police Authority have endorsed a report from the North Wales Chief Constable that calls for the repeal of drugs prohibition and its replacement with an effective system of legal regulation and control for all drugs.
The report, which argues that the current system is ‘unworkable and immoral’, has had its three first recommendations endorsed by the Police Authority today:
2.1 That the Authority submits a response to the current Home Office consultation on drugs strategy.
2.2 That the Authority submits a response to the forthcoming Welsh Assembly Government consultation on the all
substance misuse strategy. Wales
2.3 That the Authority urges the repeal of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and its replacement with a Misuse of Substances Act, based upon a new ‘hierarchy of harm’ that includes alcohol and nicotine.
The fourth recommendation; for the Police Authority to affiliate to Transform, is pending discussions between the Authority and Transform:
2.4 That the Authority seeks affiliation to Transform Drug Policy Foundation which campaigns for the repeal for prohibition and its replacement with a legal system of regulation and control.
“It is hugely significant that the call for a legal regulation and control of drugs has now been publicly supported by the
“The Government have tried their best to avoid this debate in the current drug strategy consultation and review process, not engaging with any policy alternatives despite the obvious failings of the current approach that the
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