Decriminalise possession of drugs, celebrities urge government

Campaign headed by actors, academics and lawyers says current drugs laws stigmatise people and damage communities
02 June 2011
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Dame Judi Dench, Sir Richard Branson, and Sting have joined an ex-drugs minister and three former chief constables in calling for the decriminalisation of the possession of all drugs. The high-profile celebrities together with leading lawyers, academics, artists and politicians have signed an open letter to David Cameron to mark this week's 40th anniversary of the 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act. The letter, published in a full-page advertisement in The Guardian, calls for a "swift and transparent" review of the effectiveness of current drugs policies.

The Guardian (UK)
June 2, 2011