Sting has called for the legalisation of dagga (cannabis). He insists the US should spend the money it spends jailing users of the drug on tackling poverty and global warming. Sting stated that he feels dagga users are imprisoned for a crime that doesn’t hurt anyone. He said: “The ‘war on drugs’ has failed – but it’s worse than that. It is actively harming our society… People who genuinely need help can’t get it.” Sting is calling on fans to support activists at the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) that campaign for those jailed for no violent drug offenses to be released from prison. But his comments have upset anti-drug activists. “Sting should stick to singing and not meddle in matters he doesn’t understand. We do not need pop stars coming out and making irresponsible statements like that, said a spokesperson for DARE, which teaches schoolchildren about the dangers of drug use. Maybe Sting should indeed better stick to music, since concerns have been raised about the potential for long-term cannabis consumption to increase risk for schizophrenia, bipolar disorders, and major depression.