Cllr Ian Driver will be standing as an Independent candidate for the new Kent Police Commissioner role. Hoping to "save billions in police funding which can be re-invested into community policing," Driver told This Is Kent that if he is elected he will support "the reform of old fashioned and unworkable drugs and prostitution laws."
Driver's position on legalising drugs isn't entirely without substance. Journalist Nick Davies (author of Flat Earth News) has written extensively on the subject of drugs and makes the observation that:
"The core point is that the death and sickness and moral collapse which are associated with Class A drugs are, in truth, generally the result not of the drugs themselves but of the blackmarket on which they are sold as a result of our strategy of prohibition."
Davies goes on to add that, for instance:
"Heroin, so benign in the hands of doctors, becomes highly dangerous when it is cut by blackmarket dealers - with paracetamol, drain cleaner, sand, sugar, starch, powdered milk, talcum powder, coffee, brick dust, cement dust, gravy powder, face powder or curry powder. None of these adulterants was ever intended to be injected into human veins."
Nick Davies argues drugs like heroin aren't harmful in their purest form - it's the actions of unscrupulous blackmarket dealers which makes them dangerous. So if drugs were made legal and distributed safely, the blackmarket could essentially be eradicated overnight. But what do you think? Is legalising drugs the answer? I'm not fully convinced.