Cue: A celebrity-led campaign to instigate the ;egalisation of drugs was launched this week with Sir Richard Branson, Sting and actresses Julie Christie and Dame Judi Dench amongst others, the signatories in an open letter to the Prime Minister. The demand coincides with the 40th anniversary of the 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act, and Samuel Luckhurst examines what prompted the act and its consequences.

In words: "With LSD readily available at anyone's disposal..."

Out words: "... has paved way for dependable misery."

Duration: 2 minutes 13 seconds

 

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Should Britain decriminalise drugs?