Legalise All Drugs: A Case For Ireland

In the 20th and 21th centuries, the governments of the world took part in a global experiment: recreational drug use was made a criminal offence in an attempt to discourage and ultimately eradicate drug use. The Drug War has failed to eradicate drug use, with global drug use rates still increasing over the past decade despite the efforts of law enforcement. The legalisation of all drugs in Ireland is proposed in this essay for the benefit of the Irish people, the Irish economy, and the addicts in our population. Three reasons given for this radical change to the criminal law system are: legalisation of drugs constitutes an economic war on drug cartels, rational drug legislation allows for health-driven policies towards individual drugs rather than a thoughtless blanket ban, and legalisation of drugs allows greater dedication of resources to scientifically-proven treatments of drug addicts. Continue reading