Drugs, time for better laws

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‘Drugs – time for better laws’ is Release’s campaign to engage the public around the issue of drug policy. The failure of the current system is clear: it is time to stop criminalising tens of thousands of people in the UK every year – it is time for better laws.
On 2 June 2011, Release wrote to the Prime Minister calling for a review of the current drug policies, with a view to decriminalisation of possession for all drugs. This letter had been signed by leading QCs, three former Chief Constables, academics, politicians and high profile celebrities including Sting, Mike Leigh, Julie Christie and Kathy Burke.

We will be publishing a report on the state of decriminalisation around the world early in the New Year. We are also undertaking research into the disproportionate policing and prosecution of drug offences and how it impacts on BME communities, the young and those living in deprivation.

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