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Should more illegal drugs be legalized?

March 24th, 2010
01:47 PM ET

Canada's tough stance towards illegal drugs is only increasing levels of violence in the country and isn't doing anything to stop the supply of drugs, according to a new study released by the University of British Columbia.

Should illegal drugs be legalized?

Should illegal drugs be legalized?

The report found that 87 percent of studies linked tough drug-law enforcement to increasing levels of drug-related violence.

"The gun violence that we've seen in B.C., as in Mexico and the U.S., appears to be directly attributable to drug prohibition," co-author Dr Evans Wood told the "Province Newspaper".

Prohibition "drives up the value of drugs astronomically, thereby creating lucrative markets exploited by organized crime."

Vancouver has seen a huge spike in drug-related violence since the national government launched its National Anti-Drug Strategy last year.

Woods notes that the violence can be attributed to a "power vacuum created by the removal of key players from the illicit-drug market by law enforcement".

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12:17 PM ET

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