Monday Jun 13, 201106:28 PM GMT
Israel to consider legalization of drugs
Mon Jun 13, 2011 6:29PM
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A special committee has been tasked with studying the prospect of legalizing 'soft drugs' in Israel as traditional methods of fighting drugs continue to fail.


Following a major rise in the number of drug addicts amongst the Israeli population, several members of the Israeli Parliament (Knesset) have called for the formation of a special anti-drug committee to consider legalizing the possession and use of soft narcotics.

They have described the existing anti-drugs mechanisms in Israel as ineffective and obsolete.

Knesset members argue that the traditional policies employed in the fight against drugs have not only failed to reduce drug consumption but also led to an alarming rise in organized crime.

They have also asked for the committee to make an assessment into the position of soft drugs in society compared to cigarettes and alcohol.

Many advocates of drug legalization argue that the prohibition of drugs is the backbone of organized crime and drug trafficking. They argue that taxing soft drugs would pay for public education on the issue of drug use.

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