A very good piece today totalling up the costs to the UK taxpayer of illegal drugs:
I personally am all in favour of legalising drugs because:
the dealers are the biggest problem, not the takers or the tokers. Take the dealers out of the loop and there is a big problem solved in itself.
quality can be assured and set by the gov.
tax! tax the drugs, money goes into the treasury rather than a dealer
pisses off the Daily Mail - reason enough.
drink is a problem, so maybe a more balanced approach to getting intoxicated is needed. Afterall, who ever saw two stoners fight or attack a shop window after a night out?
also, the revenue from the drugs could then be put back into tackling the problem, rather than trying to push it ever further underground