Sir, James Forsyth (“Don’t bet on Johnson decriminalising cannabis”, Apr 9) states that the evidence of drug decriminalisation is a mixed picture but omits mention of Portugal, which decriminalised possession of all drugs two decades ago. There has been no marked increase in drug consumption and drug-related deaths have fallen. Other benefits include reduced overall crime and savings for the taxpayer owing to the reduced need for policing. With the decades-long war on drugs a monumental failure, Portugal’s path is obviously the only sensible way to proceed for countries looking to make their citizens safer and save money.
Sir, The article by James Forsyth neglects to mention a crucial aspect of why legalising recreational drugs (not just cannabis) would be of