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Repeal the Prohibition of Certain Drugs

Comment 2nd July 2010

My idea, in layman's terms is to legalise several Class B and C drugs, namely Cannabis, LSD and Ecstasy. Now I urge you, before you ignore this as "hippy trash", I am not a drug user, although living in a democratic country that should have no effect whatsoever on whether my opinion is considered or not.

Although, in someways I am, two of the most toxic and dangerous drugs available to humans, I can consume, legally, on a regular basis. I am speaking of course about Alcohol and Caffeine. However for the purpose of this arguement I will focus on Alcohol.

So let me give you two facts.

  • The United Kingdom's Science and Technology Select Committee considers alcohol far more harmful than marijuana.
  • Alcohol is one of the most toxic drugs, and using just 10 times what one would use to get the desired effect can lead to death. Marijuana is one of – if not the – least toxic drugs, requiring thousands times the dose one would use to get the desired effect to lead to death.   This “thousands times” is actually theoretical, since there has never been a recorded case of marijuana overdose.

So why is it that alcohol is readily available almost anywhere, when the safer drug, is not?

I believe certain drugs, not all should be legalised. For the most part this is down to an individual's human rights at being able to put whatever they want into their bodies, whether it is good for them or not. The government should not stop this.

I do not believe all drugs should be legalised, and i think restrictions should be placed upon those which are sold. For example; the obvious restriction would be no one under the age of 18 being allowed to purchase them. But restrictions such as making it illegal to consume the drugs in a public place would allow people to enjoy drugs in their own homes, without affecting others.

 

I think Britain has a chance to lead the world with this idea,

Why does this matter?

I am a 16 year old male, living in a country, which is in a tough position right now, and normally, despite what may be said, young peoples ideas are swept under the rug and seen as useless. However, our country is in an economic mess and I for one believe everything that can possibly be done to help improve it, should be done.

Every year, alcohol abuse alone costs the NHS £3 Billion, and Nicotine costs a further £2.7 Billion on top of this. I know much of this can be regained through government taxation on these drugs, but what makes them different to other illegal drugs?

Surely, the benefits of legalising drugs such as Cannabis outweigh the negatives. For example, legalising the drug would:

  • Enable the government to tax the drug, bringing in millions of revenue, with far lower costs to the NHS.
  • Enable the government to control the drug, reducing the risk of more dangerous or toxic chemicals being included in the drug, than what may be available on the street.
  • Reduce crime, many gangs rely on drug dealing to fund other, larger scale crimes, if the government were able to sell the drug, the gangs market would surely dry up.
  • Save money for the Police, who are forced to spend millions of the limited budget tackling drug related "crime".
  • Help Children. I know this is an odd one, but at some point in a child's life they will be offered drugs, and despite governments attempts to inform children of the risks in schools, many will still choose to accept. But what is better for a child, taking a drug such as Cannabis, which is unlikely to cause any damage to the child, or alternate "legal" highs, such as weed killer and deodrant, which have left families without children?

I know my opinion will probably be ignored, and this is unlikely to be read by anyone of any real authority, but if this does reach the eyes of someone important, just think carefully, because sometimes swallowing your pride and accepting that you are wrong can be the best thing to do, especially when it concerns people's lives.

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