Former minister Bob Ainsworth: 'The war on drugs is not working'

A former minister with responsibility for drugs policy has called for the decriminalisation of all drugs.

Bob Ainsworth, who oversaw the issue at the Home Office in Tony Blair's government, has said the approach of successive administrations had failed, leaving the drugs trade in the hands of criminal gangs.

Mr Ainsworth cited the example of the US outlawing alcohol until it ''came to its senses'' and realised prohibition was not working.

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