According to British politician Norman Lamb, lawmakers in the country who have fought to keep drugs illegal have actually “almost certainly” taken drugs themselves. Lamb also stated that the global drug war was a “monumental failure.”
While speaking at a recent event for the Institute of Public Policy Research this week, Lamb said, “We have the crazy situation that, almost certainly, more than half of this government – half of the government ministers in a Conservative government – will have taken drugs in their younger years.”
“They put it down, in a very middle-class way, to youthful indiscretion, while other fellow citizens end up criminalized and their careers blighted as a result of taking a substance that is less dangerous than substances that are entirely legal,” he added.
Lamb also pointed out how the drug war enriches criminals and how many legal substances are responsible for more deaths than the ones that are illegal.
“This is pathetic, outrageous public policy.
At the same time as giving billions of pounds to international criminal networks.
What an extraordinary position we’ve got ourselves into,” Lamb said.
Lamb also pointed out that alcohol and tobacco are both far more damaging to health and society than the illegal drugs, saying that, “We have tobacco which kills about 100,000 people a year in our country.
We have alcohol which causes untold damage to families. We’ve lost our own former leader to an illness of alcohol addiction and yet we chose to criminalize young people for smoking a joint.”
Lamb has recently found himself on the forefront in the political battle against prohibition in the U.K., and last month, he spoke candidly about the drug war in the following interview: