The report said the combined effects of crime, health and costs relating to drug prohibition policies leave the taxpayer with an annual bill of £16.785 billion a year.
In contrast, it estimates that legalising and regulating all drugs would cost just £5.951 billion a year, therefore saving the public some £10.834 billion.
And the Home Office response?
"The legalisation of drugs would not eliminate the crime committed by organised career criminals; such criminals would simply seek new sources of illicit revenue through crime. Neither would a regulated market eliminate illicit supplies, as alcohol and tobacco smuggling demonstrate."
Quite true….but rather missing the logic of the argument. Having drugs as illegal does\’t stop them being supplied. We accept this logic with tobacco and alcohol: better to have it legal, regulated, purity checked, than underground and unseen.
Exactly the same logic applies to drugs and as the report shows, we\’d all save money if drugs were indeed legal.