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Legalize marijuana

Casual Drug Use Seldom Harmful, British Study Says
London, United Kingdom: Few drug users suffer harmful effects from their use of marijuana
or other substances, according to a British report released this week by London's Foreign
Policy Centre think-tank. The report, titled From War to Work: Drug Treatment, Social
Inclusion and Enterprise, recommends shifting drug enforcement away from casual drug users
and focusing instead on hardcore addicts and specific drug-related crimes.

"The vast majority of people are able to use drugs without harmful effects," states the
report's author Rowena Young, Director of the Kaleidoscope drug treatment center. The
report states that most drug users voluntarily cease using illicit substances before their
use gets out of control, and advises law enforcement to "focus on problematic drug use and
drug related crime, both nationally and internationally, and relax its stance towards
recreational use among those for whom drugs are unlikely to become a problem."

The Foreign Policy Centre study comes just days after the release of a report by
Parliament's Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) backing efforts by the British
Home Office to downgrade marijuana possession to a non-arrestable offense. A forthcoming
report by the British Home Affairs Select Committee is expected to make a similar
recommendation regarding pot and possibly other drugs, including ecstasy. That report is
due to be released later this spring.

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