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Could Drug Courts win the Drugs War?

As the debate on the legalisation of drugs flares up once more we consider whether a more interventionist approach is advisable

By Josh Lowe  

Peter Hitchens is vehemently opposed to the legalisation of drugs © Yui Mok/PA Archive/Press Association Images 

Last week, I went to a debate about drug policy at the School of Oriental and African Studies. I was struck by how “stock” everything felt. The crowd, dressed in bronze jewellery, earthy fabrics and woolly hoodies, chattered before the start about decriminalisation, evidence-based intervention and, one suspected, recent chemically aided nights out. The panel, an all-star line up (in drug policy terms), ran the gamut of requisite opinions. At one end of the spectrum…

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