5 thoughts on “An alternative to drug prohibition”

  1. Posted 14/05/2012 at 14:58 | Permalink

    I whole heartedly agree Chris!

    But you forgot to mention the repeal of the smoking bans in the same breath.

    The prohibitionists can all go to hell………just like the last time!

  2. Posted 15/05/2012 at 06:48 | Permalink

    The piece is marred by the usual ridiculous notion that ‘addiction’ needs ‘treatment’ as though ‘it’ is a ‘disease’. Bad habits are not medical problems. Snowdon spends his days railing against the public healthists, yet here he is labeling people’s bad habits as ‘treatable’. He’s fallen for a lie. A half assed effort at best.

    Of course drugs should be legal. But doing too much of anything does not make you a ‘patient’.

  3. Posted 15/05/2012 at 09:22 | Permalink

    Couldn’t agree more Chris. No way it is going to happen though, there is entirely too much political capital tied up in the ineffective, worthless and damaging “war on drugs”.

  4. Posted 15/05/2012 at 15:11 | Permalink

    Sorry Chris, but once again your whole article reeks of common sense, so is doomed to oblivion. You know as well as I do that politicians and prohibitionists just don’t do common sense. They are much too busy feeding their own addiction to power.

    Quite apart from the blind dogmatism driving those in whose gift it is to repeal any legislation pertaining to drugs, a major stumbling block to legalisation is the fact that there is nearly as much money tied up in the “War on Drugs” as there is in the illicit trade itself. Legalising drugs would put tens of thousands of enforcers on the dole and shut down a plethora of businesses that provide the hardware they use. This, I’m sure, is a point not lost on The Powers That Be.

    And then you have the situation where the general public have been comprehensively brainwashed over the decades about how terrible drugs are. (“Reefer Madness” anyone?) Ask any Joe Bloggs about opium, and he will parrot some garbage he’s read in the Daily Mail or whatever. So of course it would be political suicide for any MP to start suggesting the legalisation of all drugs.

    So despite the fact that all you say about the futility of prohibition is absolutely on the nail, no-one is going to stick his head above the parapet on this one. The misery and mayhem caused by prohibition will continue unabated into the foreseeable future, I’m afraid.

  5. Posted 01/07/2012 at 19:24 | Permalink

    Common sense from the author, but going nowhere fast. The main problem is, and will always be, parents concerned that their innocent children could be exposed to a world of vice. That is why prohibition will always have political support, regardless of the misery, waste, violence, incarceration, social decline and ignorance it causes. Parents aren’t rational when it comes to their children, and that is just human nature.

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