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Drug policy reform group urges Home Office to reschedule psilocybin

My eyes were opened to the terrible costs of having a drugs policy based on the criminal justice system and not on the public health system. Peoples’ use of drugs is a health issue, but currently it is seen as a criminal issue,” [said MP Crispin Blunt].

“That approach has been global now for 60 years and as a consequence we have not changed humanity’s demand to feel better and to have the products that make them feel better. We have now created a global criminal industry where the demand for these drugs can only be met criminally. That industry is worth around €500bn a year and we wonder why we have got problems. This industry has armies, can buy governments, and we are seeing an unmitigated public policy disaster as far as drugs policy is concerned. It is everywhere and we cannot protect our children.”

Original Article (Health Europa):
Drug policy reform group urges Home Office to reschedule psilocybin
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