Government’s reasons for keeping cannbis illegal

To really make sense of these arguments members of the Government need to take part in the discussion, to present in this forum their thinking and reasons and the obstacles they would encounter in changing the laws.

This applies to all of the proposals actually, because otherwise we are just going round in circles.

Their feedback would be helpful.

With regard to cannabis for example, I heard one MP who is known to have smoked "in his youth"  (and not one of those who just "didnt inhale"!) say he opposed it because "someone has to do the work…"   i.e. an assumption, probably based on his own experience, that users are just doped out and that he, by being a politician, is taking responsibility for society or something.

Another reason would be pressure for the US, who started the prohibition.  At the time they were still a very young, wild culture, who had only just stopped shooting "Red Indians".  They needed controls.  Now their Adminstration are agressive, arrogant bullies but the "special relationship" still counts and we do what they do in everything.

Incidentally, one of the things smoking creatively does is enable you to think for yourself: possibly some in government would prefer us not to?

Presumeably there are EU laws too.

But whatever the obstacles are, our message must have got across by now so it would be great if they could use this site to join in and answer.

Why is this idea important?

To really make sense of these arguments members of the Government need to take part in the discussion, to present in this forum their thinking and reasons and the obstacles they would encounter in changing the laws.

This applies to all of the proposals actually, because otherwise we are just going round in circles.

Their feedback would be helpful.

With regard to cannabis for example, I heard one MP who is known to have smoked "in his youth"  (and not one of those who just "didnt inhale"!) say he opposed it because "someone has to do the work…"   i.e. an assumption, probably based on his own experience, that users are just doped out and that he, by being a politician, is taking responsibility for society or something.

Another reason would be pressure for the US, who started the prohibition.  At the time they were still a very young, wild culture, who had only just stopped shooting "Red Indians".  They needed controls.  Now their Adminstration are agressive, arrogant bullies but the "special relationship" still counts and we do what they do in everything.

Incidentally, one of the things smoking creatively does is enable you to think for yourself: possibly some in government would prefer us not to?

Presumeably there are EU laws too.

But whatever the obstacles are, our message must have got across by now so it would be great if they could use this site to join in and answer.

Education and the creative use of cannabis

Because it's illegal, it isn't possible to educate people into its safe and positive uses.

Drug use is not the same as drug abuse.

There are many who do know how to use it well, for relaxation, fun, pain relief, and to aid the states of imaginative concentration so valuable to musicians, artists and software designers (without it, we probably wouldn't have personal computers or the internet). 

There are others who out of ignorance mix their drugs and dangerously lose control.

There are yet others who out of ignorance, fear and bigotry insist on enforcing irrational control on normal people.

The substance is a hypnotic.  It restores natural sensitivity to whatever you're up to, expanding your awareness of that and letting you turn the rest of the world down.

If all you do is smoke and then watch TV, of course you go psychotic, because that's the way of the Media, to terrify people into accepting control and buying more stuff.

If you know smoking it makes you into a criminal, you feel more and more excluded from society.

The alternative is to learn how to use it well, which depends on a freedom to educate.

Why is this idea important?

Because it's illegal, it isn't possible to educate people into its safe and positive uses.

Drug use is not the same as drug abuse.

There are many who do know how to use it well, for relaxation, fun, pain relief, and to aid the states of imaginative concentration so valuable to musicians, artists and software designers (without it, we probably wouldn't have personal computers or the internet). 

There are others who out of ignorance mix their drugs and dangerously lose control.

There are yet others who out of ignorance, fear and bigotry insist on enforcing irrational control on normal people.

The substance is a hypnotic.  It restores natural sensitivity to whatever you're up to, expanding your awareness of that and letting you turn the rest of the world down.

If all you do is smoke and then watch TV, of course you go psychotic, because that's the way of the Media, to terrify people into accepting control and buying more stuff.

If you know smoking it makes you into a criminal, you feel more and more excluded from society.

The alternative is to learn how to use it well, which depends on a freedom to educate.