Home Affairs Committee - Drugs: Breaking the CycleWritten evidence submitted by Malcolm Kyle (DP151)

In addition to the many societal costs of prohibition, it has a long history of driving the spread of harder or more dangerous drugs:

Poppies to morphine to heroine to krokodil.

Coca to cocaine to crack.

Ephedra to ephredrine to speed to methamphetamine.

Marijuana to skunk to dangerous synthetic concoctions such as “spice” or “bath salts”.

Mushrooms to ecstasy to 2CB/designers.

At every step the reasons for the rise in popularity of the new form of the drug are one or more of the following:

It may be easier to smuggle.

It may be more addictive, thus compelling the buyer to return more frequently.

It may be cheaper to produce therefore yielding more profit.

Like a game of “whack a mole” a shutdown of producers in one area will mean business opportunities for another set of producers with a similar product.

Imagine if we were to chop down every single tree on the planet as a response to our failure to prevent tree-climbing accidents. That’s what our misguided drug policy looks like.

Prohibition Prevents Regulation : Legalise, Regulate and Tax!

If all else fails give up!

January 2012

Prepared 8th December 2012