By Kenny MacAskill MSP for Centre for Crime and Justice Studies. If there is a ‘war on drugs’, it’s a civil war; the main protagonists our own people not some foreign enemy.

It’s a problem that’s rooted more in social and economic inequalities, than in the money and violence it generates. It’s also longstanding, having afflicted Scotland and other jurisdictions over the centuries.

Is there a simple solution? Probably not, given both the issues that affect individuals and the hedonism that others choose. Suggesting that there is one is foolish but equally so, is advising that even stricter legislation or ever more vigorous enforcement can resolve it.

That doesn’t mean nothing can or should be done. The harm to individuals is too great and the damage to society too significant to simply ignore it.

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