With the UK recently being crowned the European ‘Capital of Ecstasy’ and a 2014 Observer report finding that nearly one in three British people have taken illegal drugs, it would appear that the ‘War on Drugs’ has failed. The argument that rehabilitation, rather than punishment, is the best way to treat drug abuse is becoming increasingly popular. Various polls indicate that for the first time ever, over half the population agrees that cannabis should be legalised. Perhaps most importantly, drug use is increasingly viewed as being a personal issue which the state has no right to interfere with, let alone make illegal.
Yet what about the affect that drug use has on wider society? Would legalisation lead to an increase in the amount of drug users? Equally, what would a legalised drug industry look like?
To answer these questions, The York Union is proud to host Mail on Sunday journalist Peter Hitchens and Joana Ramiro from RT UK to discuss the motion ‘THB illicit drugs should be legalised’. Joana Ramiro, an experienced social commentator who has previously written for the Morning Star and VICE, will be for the motion. Peter Hitchens, the renowned conservative journalist, will be against it.
We hope to see you join us for what will be a passionate and thought-provoking debate!
To cover the expenses of hosting the event, we have a suggested donation of £2 from students and £4 from members of the public. The York Union is a strictly not-for-profit organisation and is run by a small group of volunteers.