Should recreational drug use be decriminalised?

The United Nations drug agency is in an embarrassing situation over its drug policy after Sir Richard Branson leaked an official document which appeared to back the decriminalisation of drugs. 

Sir Richard has previously said “While the vast majority of recreational drug users never experience any problems, people who struggle with drug addiction deserve access to treatment, not a prison cell”

Apparently the document from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime said liberalisation of laws on controlled substances may need to be carried out world-wide. But the significance of the two-page paper was immediately contested by UN chiefs in Vienna, who said it did not amount to official policy.

Sir Richard, who sits on the Global Commission on Drug Policy said that he was “delighted” by the new document which appeared to mark a new shift in policy by the UN.

With drugs still a major issue in most countries worldwide do you think using drugs for recreational purposes should be legalised? On the one hand a lot less people would end up in jail, criminals would have less power and society could help addicts. On the other, more people may take drugs leading to even more addicts. What are your views?


Should recreational drug use be decriminalised?

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28th Oct 2015
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No it should remain illegal as if its legalised drugs will be everywhere.
21st Oct 2015
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It should not be illegal for adults of drinking age to indulge in drug use. It should have the same consequences as alcohol. No one is going to stop a drug addict from using, and making it legal is not anymore likely to create new addicts than alcohol is to creating new alcoholics!
I agree with Munsterlander about being able to buy it from reputable shops if you want it and not on the streets where you have no idea what's been added. I do not use drugs but was married to an addict and life would have been a lot better if it could have been bought in a shop.
19th Oct 2015
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Yes it should be decriminalised. Most politicians have smoked dope-George Bush, David Cameron, Bill Clinton all said they did it when they were younger. Many pop stars have done it. Famous models snort cocaine. Do they go to jail? No they don't . So if they don't why should "normal' folk?
major red
19th Aug 2016
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so if the doped polititions jump off a cliff would you jump i hope not
Kentucky Kid
19th Oct 2015
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The War On Drugs has been a complete failure, has ruined many peoples' lives, and is a giant boondoggle. . One definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing over and over, and expect different results. British Columbia, Washington & Oregon State, with California just around the corner, has legalised or decriminalized cannabis - and the sky hasn't fallen. The sales tax revenue has been a huge windfall for governments at all levels. That organised crime has been denied a great deal of profit is cause for great celebration.
19th Oct 2015
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For the past 50 or 60 years every country in the world has fought a war on drugs and drug use. They have always lost the fight simply because people want to take drugs. I think they should be decriminalised and also people should be able to purchase drugs from licensed "shops". that will ensure the drugs are pure and also people with drug habits can be identified and helped if required. I agree with Richard Branson that people taking drugs need help not jail.

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