Former minister wants all drugs to be legalised
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Former government minister wants all drugs legalised

16 December 2010 Last updated at 19:48 GMT

A senior Labour MP, who as a Home Office minister had responsibility for drugs policy, has called for all drugs to be legally available.

Bob Ainsworth claims the war on drugs has failed...and their supply and production should now be put in the hands of medical professionals.

Ministers have insisted they remain opposed to legalisation and the Labour Party has rejected Mr Ainsworth's comments.

The BBC's Home Editor Mark Easton has the story.