Mo Mowlam, the former cabinet minister responsible for drugs policy, is
calling for the international legalisation of the drugs trade as part
of a more effective drive to combat terrorism.

Writing in the Guardian today, Ms Mowlam says: "Rather than bombing
civilians in various Muslim countries, the United States and Britain
should begin to take a more intelligent approach to the international
drugs trade, namely to legalise it internationally."

Ms Mowlam, already an advocate of the legalisation of cannabis in
Britain, is unlikely to find her latest proposal embraced by Downing
Street but she will find support from some drugs specialists, who
believe the battle to stop trafficking, with its inextricable links
with terrorism, cannot succeed through mere suppression.

In her article she joins another ex-cabinet minister, Chris Smith, in
questioning the need to topple Saddam Hussein, arguing instead that an
effort to neutralise the illegal trade will do more to win the war
against terrorism.


Pubdate: Thu, 19 Sep 2002
Source: Guardian, The (UK)
Copyright: 2002 Guardian Newspapers Limited
Author: Patrick Wintour, chief political correspondent