Recently, the drug crystal meth has been reclassified as a class A substance which means that people who now use it will face up to seven years in prison and an unlimited fine. Although this drug has as yet not taken root in the UK, this change in the law will now greatly encourage its promotion. We can be as sure as day follows night that this criminalisation will not only encourage its trade from the supply side but its consumption will spread down the age range.
I have read a lot over the years on the criminalisation of drugs and still find this paper by Paul Anderton to be one of the best.
The sad thing in all of this is that politicians really don’t learn from their mistakes. When politicians outlawed all kinds of fire arms it was obvious then that
Britain would soon become awash with illegal guns and gun crime – as is now the case.