Daily Roundup: Former UK Drug Czar Says ‘Stop the War’

1) The former drug czar of the UK is expected to call for an end to the criminalization of all drug use, arguing it is a public health issue. “Mr. Ainsworth told The Independent last night: “We need to take effective measures to rob the dealers of their markets and the only way that we can do that is by supplying addicts through the medical profession, through prescription. We cannot afford to be shy about being prepared to do that.” He said: “It is far better they are going to a doctor, or going to a chemist and are getting their script [prescription] than turning tricks as a prostitute or robbing their mates.” Mr. Ainsworth said his departure from the frontbenches now gave him the freedom to express his view that the “war on drugs has been nothing short of a disaster.” More news after the jump.

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