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    If you delegate this responsibility to politicians, then they, like voters, will not draw up a rational policy - it will be clouded by scaremongering/tabooness. So why can't we make drug policy independent of politicians and voters - delegate it to a board consisting of drug experts and economists. These professionals will then be able to draw up a pragmatic policy based on facts, and to quote the widely respected Economist -" The legislation of drugs is the least bad option".
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    I do think governments already rely on independent think tanks and experts when they try to tackle the most complex and controversial issues... However even economists and drug experts are bound to have their particular and biased views on their subject. Economics is probably one of the most ideologically driven subject matters there is.
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    (Original post by Glowy Amoeba)
    I do think governments already rely on independent think tanks and experts when they try to tackle the most complex and controversial issues... However even economists and drug experts are bound to have their particular and biased views on their subject. Economics is probably one of the most ideologically driven subject matters there is.
    They do receive advice from them, but at the end of the day politcians do not want to make those tough and bold decisions on taboo subjects - blame the ignorant and fearful voter if you like. One only has to recall how the death of one schoolgirl, Leah Betts, can really cloud voters judgement on how harmful a drug is, against expert opinions. And this is more about an irrational fear/ignorance than biasness.
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    (Original post by Fusion)
    They do receive advice from them, but at the end of the day politcians do not want to make those tough and bold decisions on taboo subjects - blame the ignorant and fearful voter if you like. One only has to recall how the death of one schoolgirl, Leah Betts, can really cloud voters judgement on how harmful a drug is, against expert opinions. And this is more about an irrational fear/ignorance than biasness.
    Well that's democracy for you. Freedom to make bad and impulsive decisions.
    However since the public is ignorant enough to be swayed one way so easily they can be swayed the other. The general opinion of drugs will probably evolve enough anyway so that one day the drug market will shrivel and die out on its own. As of now, it is true that massive legalization of drugs is a distant prospect and that politicians will continue to seek reelection above all else. But wait and see, wait and see...
 
 
 
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