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legalise, regularise and tax

Comment 6th July 2010

Drugs are not likely to go away , indeed market for legal 'highs' often produces more harmful substances. My generation(not always open to their parents now mostly pensioners about useage)- like the age of most politicians has mostly invariably tried or been casual user- honesty and a regualarised approach would surely lead to less criminal activity by association and procurement and supply.

Sadly, easy  tabloid demonisation and often press sensationalism and distortion has made talking about drugs and their recreational use – a career and press 'taboo'.

Most gangs related and other illicit activities and some ASB stem from Criminalisation.

We must remember that during the 1980' most of the black economy was taken up the drugs trade and one could almost watch and guess which assets and property investments and lndirectly later pensionfunds,etc.  were assisted by the global free market expansion. So lets not pretend otherwise.

That certain drugs such as heroin and crack have dependancy and expand quickly in economically disadvantaged area is no suprise as is the stealing and violence that becomes part of the street trade. Making drugs-less harmful or moderated in density – 'safer' – the more addidicative ones and carrying health warnings and codes of behaviour thereby- is surely more economic and long term socially regenerative. Tax as per alchohol and cigarettes and raising the legal age to 21 as a staged regularisation would surely offset current health ,dependancy and recuperation scheme costs aswell as taking away from criminal enterprise and anti-social behaviour since prohibitions fosters the street code as alternative to the criminal justice system and associated conventional mores once this divorce occurs by usage or even casual usage.

 Regularisation will in itself be a lenghty process with its own set-backs and pitfalls but must be preferable to the current situation and ,to many, hypocracy of dual standards of morality.

Equally, there will still be associated health concerns and illnessness – but also there will be some who see drugs prohibition  as a means to camoflage economic interest and attacks on human rights and genuine social inclusion by the same token and lack of concern for the common good .

 

Why does this matter?

banning substances throughout history has usually failed and masked deeper social and economicmalaise, inequality and lack of socially inclusive opportunity and access to opportunity.


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