photo of pot smoker by Chmee2 - CCA six-year study of Britain’s drug laws by leading scientists, police officers, academics and experts has concluded it is time to introduce decriminalization.

The report by the UK Drug Policy Commission says no serious rise in consumption is likely if possession of small amounts of controlled substances are allowed.

The experts say that criminal sanctions should be replaced with simple civil penalties such as a fine or treatment programs.

Considering the billions of dollars spent on law enforcement, overcrowded prisons, and the families torn asunder by imprisoned parents, the United States — particularly its voters in seven states next month — would be wise to consider this and other studies when debating how to replace the failed “War on Drugs”.

Currently, 17 states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana, reports Think Progress. In the second half of 2012, seven more states will decide, either in the state legislature or via ballot initiatives, whether they will join them in legalizing the use of marijuana, in whole or in part.

Colorado, Washington and Oregon voters will see marijuana reform measures on their ballot November 6. Arkansas, Massachusetts, Montana and North Dakota will vote on medical marijuana initiatives.

(READ the story from the Guardian)

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