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Podcast: Vanessa Baird on legalizing drugs

The world spends $100 billion on prohibition of drugs each year but it’s not working. Could legalization be the only way forward?

In this podcast New Internationalist co-editor Vanessa Baird answers some of the arguments raised by people in favour of prohibition and argues that legalization of all drugs is the only option. The magazine takes a more in-depth look at the arguments behind legalization, including startling statistics, a look at Guinea Bissau Africa’s first ‘narco state’, a report from Mexican journalist Sandra Rodriguez Nieto and prediction of what legalization could look like.

September’s issue of New Internationalist magazine is out now. To subscribe click here.

Thanks to Water Pageant for the music used in this podcast. Find out more about the band here on their website. Their new album, Sightlings, will be coming out in the UK this October.

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