Drugs – Time for Better Laws

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'DRUGS - TIME FOR BETTER LAWS' is Release's new campaign engaging the public around the issue of drug policy. The failure of the current system is clear, it is time to stop criminalising 10,000s of people in the UK every year - it is time for better laws. Today we have written 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 has been signed by leading QC's, three former Chief Constables, academics, politicians and high profile celebrities including Dame Judi Dench, Mike Leigh, Julie Christie, Kathy Burke and Sting. You can read the text of the letter the Prime Minister here.

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO SUPPORT THE CAMPAIGN?

Please register below to sign up for the campaign, there will be many actions you can carry out to support the campaign in the coming weeks. The current system for dealing with drugs in our communities has failed. Release is calling on the UK Government to have an immediate review of the current policy. Please feel free to tweet and post to Facebook some of the reasons why:
  • CRIMINAL RECORDS FOR DRUGS POSSESSION LIMITS EMPLOYMENT EDUCATION TRAVEL In the last ten years nearly a million people have been convicted or cautioned for drug possession, the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 was introduced 40 years ago this year meaning that millions of people in the UK have been criminalised. This can be a barrier to employment, education and travel opportunities.
  • PORTUGAL'S DECRIMINALISATION OF DRUG POSSESSION HAS SEEN LESS YOUNG PEOPLE USING DRUGS Since the introduction of decriminalisation of drug possession in 2001, Portugal has seen a reduction in the number of young people taking drugs. This can be attributed to other factors but shows no causal link between decriminalisation and levels of drug use.
  • HARSH LAWS DO NOT REDUCE DRUG USE The USA has one of the harshest legal systems for addressing drug use and yet has some of the highest drug use per capita on earth.
  • PORTUGAL'S DECRIMINALISATION OF DRUG POSSESSION HAS SEEN LESS PROBLEMATIC DRUG USE Since the introduction of decriminalisation of drug possession in 2001, Portugal has seen a reduction in the number of problematic drug users.
  • CRIMINALISING YOUNG PEOPLE WASTES THEIR POTENTIAL Last year in England and Wales nearly 30% of all cautions and prosecutions for drug possession were given to young people under the age of 21. This effects their future life opportunities.
  • DRUG LAWS ARE DISCRIMINATORY BLACK PEOPLE 9 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE STOPPED AND SEARCHED If you are black in the UK you are 9 times more likely to be stopped and searched for drugs.
  • DRUG LAWS ARE DISCRIMINATORY BLACK PEOPLE 6 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE ARRESTED If you are black in the UK you are 6 times more likely to be arrested for drug offences.
  • DRUG LAWS ARE DISCRIMINATORY BLACK PEOPLE 11 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO GO TO JAIL If you are black in the UK you are 11 times more likely to be sent to prison for drug offences.
  • END THE WAR ON DRUGS. SIGN THE AVAAZ PETITION TODAY On Friday 03 June 2011 the Avaaz petition signed by people all over the world will be handed into leaders at the UN. It's at just over half a million, let's make it more.

Donate

If you want to make a donation to support the campaign text DECR13 £ followed by the amount you wish to donate to 70070 or go to donate.

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