Last week, the Chair of the Committee, Keith Vaz MP, invited Transform to give oral evidence to the inquiry during a debate on drugs legalisation with our Head of Research, Steve Rolles, on Radio One Extra. You can listen to the debate for the next few days here.
Our evidence shows how many of the issues and problems the Committee is grappling with in their inquiry stem from the criminalisation of drugs, rather than drug use per se. We also explain that there is a collective denial within Government and beyond that protects the policy of prohibition from scrutiny, the starting point of which is an ongoing refusal to separate drug harms from harms caused by drug policy, and prohibition in particular.
- From soft drink to hard drug; a snapshot of coca, cocaine and crack, By Mike Jay
- How cocaine markets have been hit by the financial crisis
- Transform publishes comparative cost benefit analysis of prohibition vs regulation of cocaine and heroin
- Shoveling water: War on drugs - War on people (film about coca eradication)
- It is not coca growing per se that fuels the conflict in Colombia, but the fact that cocaine is illegal