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    Gavin R. Putland

    Existing drug policies can be defeated in the courts. The reverse onus of proof in drug-possession trials is incompatible with the rule of law and therefore unconstitutional in all jurisdictions. So, if you are on the jury in a drug case, and if you are told that the defendant must prove that his/her possession was unwitting, it is your civic duty to put the onus of proof back where it belongs (on the prosecution), raise it to the proper standard (beyond reasonable doubt), and hand down a verdict accordingly.

    For details see “War on drugs needs retail strategy“.

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    See An End to the War on Drugs? and Rethinking the Drug War in the Americas and other reports on the summit of the Organisation of American States held in Cartagena, Colombia, on April 14 and 15. I haven’t seen any mention of the summit in the local press.

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    I heartily endorse Dr Wodak’s comments. Further to his argument let me add two comments.

    Salespeople. At the bottom of the illegal drug distribution chain are those addicts trying to pay for their habit by selling the drugs. They are often desperate, and are highly motivated to recruit new users. Legalise drugs and their supply lines disappear. Less salespeople, less new users.

    If the move to legalise drugs should show any signs of possible success, it will be strongly opposed by those profiting frommthe existing system. Doubtless any person or organisation wishing to maintain the “War on Drugs” will not lack for funds to promote their case. And few will realise where the money is actually coming from.


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