Journalist argues that politicians are too scared to propose legalisation and controlled use, but without radical changes many more lives will be destroyed or ruined.

This article titled “The war on drugs war is lost. Now it's time for a rational response” was written by Ian Birrell, for The Observer on Saturday 4th June 2011 23.06 UTC

This article is the subject of a complaint and rebuttal from HE Dr Samuel Moncada, Venezuelan Ambassador to the UK. His full response can be found here.

Four decades ago, Richard Nixon was casting around for a new enemy to shore up support for his unique brand of uncompassionate conservatism. Having risen to national prominence as an anti-communist campaigner, then turned his attention to crime, he found a new foe in the counterculture.

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