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The United States imprisons more people than any other nation in the world – largely due to the war on drugs. Misguided drug laws and harsh sentencing have produced profoundly unequal outcomes for different ethnic groups. The value of the global illegal drugs trade is estimated to be between $350-500billion a year; an economy that can’t currently be regulated or taxed. Should the war on drugs be replaced by decriminalisation strategies grounded in science, health, security and human rights? Is there a sensible case for legalisation, and how would that even work?