Norman Lamb, Lib Dem leadership contender said ‘War on drugs a catastrophic failure, UK must legalize cannabis’
Perhaps we shouldn’t make criminals out of people for choosing to use one substance in favour of another. Has prohibition achieved anything, other than to push the drugs trade underground and inflate prices?
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Thousands (a conservative estimate in my view) have been killed in the war on drugs, and too many young people have been criminalized unnecessarily.
According to Transform, the UK organisation which campaigns for the legal regulation of drugs, the government spends as much as £4 Billion of tax payers money on the domestic war on drugs. The organisation also points to Mexico’s increasing violence as another example of how the war on drugs Is failing: since 2006, there have been more than 100 thousand drug related killings there. See, I told you that “thousands” was a conservative estimate!
The Ban On Legal Highs
But still, the government is unwavering in its stance, digging in further like the trench warfare of world war one. Not only upholding the existing laws, but adding a few paragraphs more to incorporate just about anything they choose to the prohibition list. Even the government’s own advisers opposed the move. Professor Nutt was sacked from his role as chief drug adviser in 2009, a day after he claimed ecstasy and LSD were less dangerous than alcohol. You can’t work in government and go around telling the truth!
The European Drug Agency has actually come out against the ban citing
Sales of legal highs will be pushed underground into the “deep web”
A fantastic piece of fear mongering if ever there was, and the thought of the deep web being actually deep under ground is just perfect (for a comedy sketch show)!
Paul Griffiths, the EU drug agency’s scientific director, told The Guardian that “cryptomarkets” or “deep web” marketplaces that can only be accessed via encryption software pose a major challenge to law enforcement. Hahaha, they couldn’t resist giving BitCoin users a sneaky kick in the shin could they! Good work Europe: oppose banning anything that might give someone a bit of a buzz, because there’s a big hole in the ground that people throw crypto-currency into, and in return they get stoned?
Psychedelic drugs such as magic mushrooms and LSD should be legally reclassified so researchers can investigate their potential medical uses, an academic specializing in drugs has said.
I was never an academic, but I used to, and still do say something similar! It’s been twenty years since I last took a trip, or any recreational drugs. The few years that I was a regular user of LSD, are the same few years that I never suffered from migraine. Now, instead of preventing migraine, I relieve the symptoms of it with Codeine and Paracetamol, and, when I think it might stay down, tea made from dill seeds seems to have a knockout effect (oops, ban dill seeds, people are getting stoned). Taking these drugs makes me very drowsy and unable to work around heavy machinery on health and safety grounds. In contrast, taking LSD in my leisure time never affected my ability to work, so yes, maybe more medical research is needed. Or maybe, just legalise everything and let people work it out for themselves.
Prohibition drives trade underground
It is fact that prohibition does little or nothing to stop any trade in any product. Drugs are banned, people still buy them: in my youth, I knew where to buy just about everything from cannabis to heroin. Guns are banned: I bet you I can get hold of one without too much trouble; certainly in my past, I knew who to speak to, not that I ever did. Prostitution is band: the town I grew up in had a red light district; police in the area have shut it down; that’s highly inaccurate, they merely dispersed it out into neighbouring towns.
The point is, the more you push anything underground, the more you lose control of it. Sooner or later, government, your haphazard out of control policies based on knee jerk reactions and symptom treating, will be your end.