Rather than declare that there are "no safe drugs," as Health Minister Tony Clement is expected to do when the anti-drug campaign is launched, the government should consider accepting that -- for good or bad -- drug use is a personal choice. As such, there is little it can do to prevent it. But given that it is a personal choice, society has little obligation to pay for the consequences of misuse. Legalize most drugs, but also declare no welfare for addicts. Let private charities supply relief and health care for those who abuse drugs. That would at least compel some users to confront the economic costs of their choices and might -- might -- discourage more Canadians from taking drugs than any preachy government advertising campaign or assault on casual drug use.
I would personally legalize all drugs, but Gunter gets it - legalize drug use, which doesn't hurt anyone but the user, and, if your social spending policies are in conflict with this, then change your social policy before you quash peoples' freedoms like bugs. With the resources that you free up, fight real, violent crimes. Catch rapists. Put more murderers in prison. Etc, etc.
Mainstream journalism and common sense drug policy. Together at last!