The Government drugs policy is an obvious shambles hence the rethink but it is still blatantly missing the two biggest drugs, tobacco and alcohol.
While the minds are concentrating on new ways to punish the cannabis and heroin users of the nation, the legal drugs which do so much damage over the long term are conveniently brushed under the carpet.
A Royal Society of Arts commission has published a report that places tobacco and alcohol as more harmful than Ecstasy, LSD & Cannabis with only Class A drugs Cocaine & Heroin more dangerous.
Annually, the biggest killer is Tobacco that claims 86,500 lives, and alcohol which does for 6526 with illegal drugs claiming 2598.
The big clue as to why Cigarettes and alcohol is not a classified drug is the economics, with over £20bn being made from the booze and £3bn from the fags.
Sort out the drug problem by all means, the crime from illegal drugs costs the country over £19bn, but lets have the truth and allow us to make up our minds whether we want to damage our livers, blacken our lungs or turn ourselves into paranoid basket cases. Just because two are socially acceptable and make the Government a fortune, does not make them less dangerous.