In a world where all drugs are legal

February 2017, London

In a world where all drugs are legal, drug dealers will still exist. They will sell their drugs how and where they want, pay taxes where necessary, and be held accountable for the quality of their product.

In a world where all drugs are legal, addiction will still exist. People will need help, and all forms of aid will be available. This support will cost less than what is spent on drug-policing a world where drugs are illegal.

In a world where all drugs are legal, children will be at a risk of taking drugs. Innovative, informative and truth-based education will provide children with their ability to choose.

In a world where all drugs are legal, some people will use drugs. This will be their choice. If they cause problems, they will be punished accordingly. If usage affects their work, an employee can use this as grounds of dismissal.

In a world where all drugs are legal, the value of drugs will drop. Mexican gangs will have to find other things to fight about. Farmers in Afghanistan will be able to grow opium. Cocaine will be produced in Bolivia and shipped cheaply to the western world. International aid will target drug-use through education and employment opportunities.

In a world where all drugs are legal, drug use won’t increase. Informed, recreational use will increase, while misinformed and unsafe use will decrease.

In a world where all drugs are legal, drugs will be a taboo. Social stigma will follow the use of drugs; much like in the world where drugs are illegal.

The only difference is that people will be trusted with what they do to their own bodies.

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