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Legalise all drugs, top British police officer says

AAP | Tuesday, 16 October 2007

One of Britain's most senior police officers is set to call for the legalisation of all drugs.

Chief Constable of North Wales Richard Brunstrom said drugs, including heroin and cocaine, should be legalised in a shift away from a failed UK policy based on "prohibition", The Independent newspaper reported yesterday.

"If policy on drugs is in future to be pragmatic not moralistic, driven by ethics not dogma, then the current prohibitionist stance will have to be swept away as both unworkable and immoral," Brunstrom was quoted as saying in the newspaper.

Brunstrom said current policy should be "replaced with an evidence-based unified system (specifically including tobacco and alcohol) aimed at minimisation of harms to society".

His comments were contained in a report to be presented to the North Wales Police Authority yesterday as Britain's Home Office this week finishes gathering expert advice on strategy for the next decade.

Brunstrom will urge his colleagues to hand the report, entitled Drugs Policy – a radical look ahead, to Westminster and the Welsh Assembly, the paper said.