Posts Tagged decriminalisation
‘Think Tank’ be buggered, the idiots are so damned stupid, the answer is right under their noses and I am not talking about a moustache!
‘Legal highs’ must be banned faster claims new report
Government efforts to clamp down on the sale of dangerous substances – known as legal highs – are failing, a think-tank has warned.
The Centre for Social Justice – set up by Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith – says the UK is a leading hub for selling the drugs online.
Last year, 52 people in England and Wales died after taking legal highs, up from 28 the previous year.
Ministers said they were banning whole groups of drugs to tackle the problem.
The report, No Quick Fix, says legal highs, also known as club drugs including Salvia and Green Rolex, have similar effects to banned drugs, but they can be sold legally as long as they are clearly marked “not for human consumption”.
They are often marketed as bath salts or research chemicals.
The drugs can cause permanent bladder damage, blood poisoning and death.
According to the Centre for Social Justice, there are now more than 130 UK-registered websites selling the products cheaply by mail order.
The report also says there are 250 types of these psychoactive substances in circulation – so many that they now outnumber controlled drugs.
The think-tank said one in 12 young people in the UK said they had taken legal highs – the highest figure in Europe.
In England, 6,486 people were treated in 2011-12 for abusing these types of drugs, an increase of 39% since 2005-06, it said.
CSJ’s policy director, Alex Burghart, said: “Last year, one death every week was related to legal highs – that’s a substantial rise on the year before so we know this is a serious problem.”
‘Faster on its feet’
There is a quick fix answer, and it’s so bloody obvious.
Decriminalise all drugs!
If drugs had never been criminalised, so called ‘legal highs’ would never have existed, there would never have been a need for them.
These ‘think tank’ types are nothing but a bunch of wankers who can’t see outside the frickin box.
If you decriminalise all drugs, ‘legal highs’ just disappear because people don’t want them, the people know they are too dangerous. But they are driven to them because ‘safer’ drugs aren’t available.
Think tank… they couldn’t think if their pathetic lives depended on it!
You never heard of “52, nor 28 the previous year dying” of cannabis, and probably not of heroin either. You also probably never heard of figures like “one in twelve high school kids” trying cannabis either.
Bunch of stupid bastards… I don’t know why I even spend my time writing about them.
Summit of the Americas agree war on drugs a failure
This weekend’s Summit of the Americas did not produce a joint communiqué charting the future of the hemisphere, but the 31 leaders agreed on one thing: The U.S.-led war on drugs has been a dismal failure.
The summit pledged to create a panel of experts through the Organization of American States to consider drug policy reforms, and new approaches to stem the violence and power of the drug cartels.
Even Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who has created mandatory-minimum prison terms at home for minor drug offences, seems to have moved beyond the rhetoric of a Reagan-era counter-narcotics crusade: “Everyone believes… that the current approach [to the war on drugs] is not working, but it is not clear what we should do.”
The onus is on the hemisphere’s leaders, including Mr. Harper and U.S. President Barack Obama, to consider innovative, evidence-based policies. The decriminalization of marijuana – which comprises between 25 and 40 per cent of the drug cartels’ revenues – is one option. In the Netherlands, where licensed coffee shops can sell small amounts of marijuana, the rate of cannabis use is just 5 per cent, versus 14 per cent in the U.S. The policy of tolerance helps the government regulate cannabis sellers, and also distinguishes between soft drugs and cocaine and heroin.
In Portugal, where all drugs were decriminalized in 2001, there has been a decrease in serious drug use and drug-related deaths, and a savings to the criminal-justice system. “The aim shouldn’t be to totally decriminalize the whole enterprise, but to set some reasonable standards so that people don’t become criminals for minor drug use and clandestine organizations don’t make obscene amounts of money,” said Allert Brown-Gort, a Latin American expert at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.
The problem with the current war-on-drugs policy is that it is unwinnable – and leads to weakened states, staggering levels of violence and continued drug consumption in Canada and the U.S. The U.S. spent $8-billion to help Colombia eradicate coca fields, only to have coca production shift to Peru and Ecuador and cartels set up new smuggling routes in weaker states. Guatemala and El Salvador now have the highest homicide rates in the world, while 50,000 people have been killed in Mexico since 2006.
In the words of Guatemalan President Otto Perez, a champion of drug liberalization, it is time to “stop being dumb witnesses to a global deceit” and consider treatment, harm reduction and decriminalization as viable alternatives.
Source: The Globe and Mail
Oh, they’ve just figured that out…
It has been evident for 20 years to everybody else!
As usual, the USA doesn’t agree, idiots!