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The existence of ‘narco states’ involved in production and supply.
Cocaine and heroin cost more than their weight in gold.
Large prison populations made up of significant proportion of drug related offenders
Black people and other marginalised groups over-represented in prison populations
Reactive enforcement costs that outweigh proactive ones
A blanket refusal from senior politicians to debate the issue
Challenges to status quo coming from across the political spectrum
Policy makers who call for reform when they leave office