Drug use and misuse is a hugely important issue, agreed?
Then I have a challenge for you. All of you.
First though, a question.
Do you know for a fact…;
… that prohibition is keeping a lid on dangerous drugs, and any alternative would be a disaster?
…that prohibition is a disaster, for the world’s poor and rich alike?
…that the truth is somewhere in between A and B?
Do you have enough confidence in your position to actually put it to the test? Do you want to prove the other side is wrong?
Of course you do.
At Transform we also think that whatever position you take in the drug policy debate, all rational people can agree policy should be evidence-based. That of course means carrying out the research needed to settle the arguments, but that work has not been done yet. For example there has been no audit of the cost effectiveness of drug enforcement measures in the UK, let alone a systematic comparison of the health, economic and social implications of current policies and alternatives.
So I invite everyone from the Legalise Cannabis Alliance to supporters of European Cities Against Drugs and most importantly, all the individuals reading this, to call on the government to commission a comprehensive and independent cost-benefit analysis (CBA) comparing current UK drug policies with other options, including a health-led legal regulation and control approach. Then, whatever the outcome, future policy can be based on fact not ideology.
To help you, we have written a template letter to send to your MP, or to amend and send to the Home Office if you prefer. Of course, feel free to write your own letter calling for a CBA if you don't like our text. Please also link to this page from your websites, and circulate it to your friends, colleagues and supporters.
Go on, take the Transform challenge.
Unless that is, which ever side of the debate you are on, you are afraid that filling in the gaps in the evidence would prove you wrong...?