beyond the softening of cannabis prohibition
What cannabis prohibition
has achieved is to gift control of a market worth billions each year to organised crime and unregulated dealers.
Peter Reynolds, the elected leader of campaign group CLEAR, said: "The harm of cannabis prohibition
is far greater than the harm caused by cannabis itself.
was first introduced in the U.S.
Public opinion continues to move against cannabis prohibition
, but no national-level figure of any standing is willing to speak out for change.
"Whether the politicians take the lead or the advocates take the lead, the time has come to end cannabis prohibition
," Johnson said.
In this context of unprecedented public receptiveness to repealing cannabis prohibition
, four centrist drug policy specialists--Jonathan Caulkins of Carnegie Mellon, Angela Hawken of Pepperdine, Beau Kilmer of the RAND Corporation, and Mark Kleiman of UCLA--have published Marijuana Legalization, a handy little paperback that aims to tell us "What Everyone Needs to Know" about the subject.
Alcohol legalisation has successfully kept the alcohol industry free from organised crime while the cannabis prohibition
has made cannabis readily available to teenagers and draws criminals into our neighbourhoods trying to sell the drug to our kids.
* SIR - Since I expressed my opinion on cannabis prohibition
(Letters, May 11), I have considered all the evidence which has been presented to me countering this and further research.