A new book creates a blueprint for the post-prohibition world

13/11/09

Transform, a renowned drug policy organisation, released on Thursday their new groundbreaking publication “After the War on Drugs: Blueprint for regulation”. Not only was the book launched in the UK but also at the DPA conference in Albuquerque as well as in locations around mainland Europe, South America, Asia and Australasia.

Although much is written about the case for legalizing drugs, what makes this new publication unique is that it proposes specific models of regulation for each drug with a rationale justifying the regulation. The book also highlights the negative aspects of unlicensed sales of narcotics as there are exploitive profiteers in the legal market as well as the illegal market. Readers of the book will probably agree with this motion and hopefully few people believe the answer to the drug problem is to allow McDonalds to start selling heroin.

The aim of the 215 page publication is to bring this topic out of the dark and show that legal regulation of drugs can be a sensible and pragmatic solution to a common problem. The book’s author Steve Rolles, who is also head of Transform’s research department. "Drugs are here to stay, so we have a choice - either criminals control them, or governments do."

The book is welcomed by many experts who support a more grown-up look at drug policy as its argument takes middle ground between aggressive prohibition and free market legalisation. An argument put forward by many who campaign for a more liberal drug policy is that making a drug legal will not necessarily increase consumption. A recent study showed that even though Holland has the most liberal laws in regard to cannabis the Dutch are among the lowest users of cannabis in Europe.

More and more people are opening their eyes to the fact that more liberal drug laws would not necessarily lead to drug-fuelled anarchy. Transform says that the ideas put forward in the book would reduce crime and improve public health. In the U.S state of California, lawmakers are looking at the possibility of legalizing and heavily taxing marijuana to alleviate huge budget deficits. Officials say that it could generate 1.4bn USD and save vast sums in prison and policing costs.

For more information about the book visit the Transform website