[h2]Lords to discuss taxation and legalisation of drugs[/h2]
The House of Lords will today hear a call for a radical approach to illegal drugs, which could include their sale being regulated and taxed. The lords will be told prohibition has been a failure and has mainly benefited organised crime. Lady Meacher will launch the debate in advance of the 52nd UN commission on narcotic drugs in March. She will tell the lords that the UN goal of "a drug-free world" was unrealistic and that new approaches must be evaluated: "We are going down the wrong road and we have to remove drugs from the control of criminal elements and the mafia."