LA News Release, "Royal Scandal Shows Need to Legalise All Drugs" (January 2002)
In Association with the Libertarian International
London, Monday the 14th January 2002
For Immediate Use
Contact Details: Dr Sean Gabb, 07956 472 199, firstname.lastname@example.org
Royal Scandal Shows Need to Legalise All Drugs,
Says Free Market and Civil Liberties Think Tank
The scandal surrounding Prince Harry, who is alleged to have used cannabis, illustrates the climate of hysteria in which most debate on drugs policy takes place in Britain. So claims the Libertarian Alliance, Britain’s most radical free market and civil liberties think tank.
Libertarian Alliance spokesman, Dr Sean Gabb, said:
“It is astonishing that a young man who has occasionally drunk too much and smoked cannabis should be treated as some kind of moral degenerate. Prince Harry has been forced to attend a drug rehabilitation clinic, and will now be subject to random drug testing at his school. These are humiliations and violations of privacy that must have far more serious effects on the development of his character than almost any amount of experiment with mood-altering substances.
“Moreover, the way in which Prince Harry has been treated encourages the similar treatment of other young men in his situation. Already, the statements from St James’s Palace have been taken up by the usual crowd of health fascists, and used to justify their demands for still more of our tax money to waste and still more of our lives to control.
“Prince Harry is now 17, and was no younger than 16 when he allegedly first experimented with cannabis. We believe that, at these ages, individuals are old enough to make their own choices regarding lifestyle, and strongly condemn the use of any coercive attempt to regulate lifestyle at these ages.
“Needless to say, the Libertarian Alliance believes that all drugs should be relegalised - taking us back to the freedom of choice that individuals enjoyed before 1920. Prince Harry is simply the latest and the highest profile victim of a war on drugs that cannot be won, but that allows a war on freedom and dignity that has destroyed millions of lives in the past 80 years, created super profits for criminal enterprise, and corrupted the police forces and intelligence agencies of every nation.
“Returning to the case of Prince Harry, we do hope that if the Crown Prosecution Service is to be involved, it will treat him as leniently as it did the son of the Home Secretary in 1998 when he was caught not only consuming but also dealing drugs.”