By  for Volteface. The UN General Assembly Special Session on Drugs begins next week. It’s the most significant international drugs summit in twenty years, and as it has drawn nearer I have been thinking a lot about what it means to protect children from drugs. It seems to me that a question we have to grapple with, no matter where we live and what the circumstances, is whether the criminalisation of drug use and possession among adults is justifiable on the grounds of protecting children. I think it’s not. And what’s more, I think this is universally the case, because it’s logically incoherent and self-defeating to claim it does. It harms those we should protect.

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