Young a casualty in war on drugs: commission

“We cannot relinquish drugs to the criminal market, nor to an unregulated free market,” Mr Cardoso said in an editorial that argues instead for “legal regulation and control”.

“The ongoing and future identified harms of current drug policies to our children must be considered not as unintended, but a result of negligence, recklessness or simple disregard,” he wrote.

Mr Cardoso is chair of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, which also involves the former presidents of Colombia and Mexico.

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IJDP 2011; in press