If drugs were legal, what would happen?

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As drug-related violence soars and use steadily increases, even political leaders, ex-drug tsars and former champions of the 'war on drugs' are admitting that it's been an abject - and costly - failure.

So what's the alternative to prohibition? To follow Portugal’s lead and decriminalize the use of drugs, including heroin and cocaine? Or to go the whole hog and legalize the lot?

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Price support for drug traffickers

Drugs have little intrinsic value. It's prohibition that gives an astronomical 'price support' to traffickers. The profits are extreme and so are the violence and corruption needed to protect them.

The catastrophic impact of the war on drugs

We visit Guinea-Bissau - Africa's first narco-state - which was once hailed as a potential model for African development. Now it is the continent's drug hub, and home to horrendous violence and poltical destabilization. The murder rate is three times the global average, with crack cocaine addiction rampant.

What would legalization look like?

In this special issue of the New Internationalist magazine Max Rendall, writer and medical doctor, answers some of the questions you might have about what is likely to happen if drugs are legalized. How would children and youth be protected? Would it be impossible to regulate or control drugs? Wouldn't hard drugs become cheap?

Fair trade drugs? Really?

We push the boat out further and ask if there's any mileage in the notion of 'fair trade' drugs.

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Read previous New Internationalist articles on the War on Drugs

In the meantime you can read previous New Internationalist articles that give a unique global perspective on the War on Drugs.

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