By Bethany Rielly / Morning Star

The war on drugs is fuelling racism, research revealed today, reigniting calls for all non-violent drug offenders to be released and their convictions erased.

In a new peer-reviewed research paper, more than 60 international experts, including bioethicists and psychologists, joined forces to demand an end to the “costly” and “ineffective” policy.

They called for the personal use and possession of small amounts of all drugs to be decriminalised immediately in Britain and the United States, followed by legalisation, regulation and restrictions on age, advertising and licensing.