Decriminalise Cannabis

The decriminalisation of Cannabis and other recreational drugs. 
Criminalisation of any recreational drug simply does not work. It goes against basic human freedom. It puts far too much money into the hands of criminals instead of creating a new business opportunity for many hardworking people. Billions of dollars are wasted jailing people who are in no way shape or form, a threat to society. May die from drugs that are laced with other poisons. Many more die from drug related dealings and having to purchase a simple drug for recreational purposes from usually violent criminals. Drugs are much easier for youths to obtain when illegal (I know from personal experience). Billions of dollars in tax revenues are lost. Medical research of the potential benefits of these drugs is hindered. There is no reason to criminalise a recreational drug. 

Why is this idea important?

The decriminalisation of Cannabis and other recreational drugs. 
Criminalisation of any recreational drug simply does not work. It goes against basic human freedom. It puts far too much money into the hands of criminals instead of creating a new business opportunity for many hardworking people. Billions of dollars are wasted jailing people who are in no way shape or form, a threat to society. May die from drugs that are laced with other poisons. Many more die from drug related dealings and having to purchase a simple drug for recreational purposes from usually violent criminals. Drugs are much easier for youths to obtain when illegal (I know from personal experience). Billions of dollars in tax revenues are lost. Medical research of the potential benefits of these drugs is hindered. There is no reason to criminalise a recreational drug. 

A defensible, logical, evidence based drugs policy.

The Government should listen to the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs on issues of drug policy and not interfere in its affairs. Drugs policy should be based on scientific evidence and facts rather than politics.

Note: This isn't the same as calling for legalisation of any or all drugs. This is about the Government listening to experts in the field instead of putting people at risk by ignoring advice for the sake of votes.

Why is this idea important?

The Government should listen to the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs on issues of drug policy and not interfere in its affairs. Drugs policy should be based on scientific evidence and facts rather than politics.

Note: This isn't the same as calling for legalisation of any or all drugs. This is about the Government listening to experts in the field instead of putting people at risk by ignoring advice for the sake of votes.

Take the profit out of the drug crime industry

Drugs are at the root of a lot of crime and costs to the health service. Control is the answer. Take the control away from the criminals

Don't legalise drugs distribution nor legalise drug use if it is from a non government source. 

Make it legal for registered addicts or REGISTERED DRUG USERS to obtain their drugs through a governement system.

Properly health service controlled drugs reduce the massive health issues based around the garbage that is produced by the drug gangs. That means long term a massive saving to the health service

Produceing the drugs on a free/very low cost issue.  Removes all the profit for the criminals. If there is no profit then they will not distribute it.

The crime that is caused by this would be reduced massively

Its only the politics of the thing that is preventing the resolving of this problem. Start from the 1st Jan 2011  four years of good results will prove to voters how brave and good this idea was.

Why is this idea important?

Drugs are at the root of a lot of crime and costs to the health service. Control is the answer. Take the control away from the criminals

Don't legalise drugs distribution nor legalise drug use if it is from a non government source. 

Make it legal for registered addicts or REGISTERED DRUG USERS to obtain their drugs through a governement system.

Properly health service controlled drugs reduce the massive health issues based around the garbage that is produced by the drug gangs. That means long term a massive saving to the health service

Produceing the drugs on a free/very low cost issue.  Removes all the profit for the criminals. If there is no profit then they will not distribute it.

The crime that is caused by this would be reduced massively

Its only the politics of the thing that is preventing the resolving of this problem. Start from the 1st Jan 2011  four years of good results will prove to voters how brave and good this idea was.

current drug policy failure

I am a pharmacy worker in the south of England and dispence drugs on a regualar daily basis.From aspirin to zopiclone i handle all kinds of drugs, some of which i can only dispence if i wear gloves as they are so toxic.
In my opinion the current laws regarding the use of certain illegal drugs are not only outdated (1971),but are actually counter productive in their approach to harm reduction and misleading to users as well as the general public.
To put it bluntly the current classification of drugs is not only flawed, but unscientific and potentially dangerous.
One example is the re-classification of Cannabis…
If you pidgeon-hole cannabis in the same drug section as a more dangerous drug,there is the inherant danger that Cannabis users may regard that drug as no more harmful than Cannabis, as it is in the same section.
Most informed people know that Cannabis is one of the safest drugs on the planet,even if they don’t use it themselves (bearing in mind that there is no such thing as a 100% safe drug).We have thousands of years of evidence to support this fact, from archaic script of the medicinal use of the drug through time, to the present day American style Cannabis prescribing. Unfortunately thanks to modern day ‘reefer madness’ tabloid hype and political pressure, a large proportion of the the UK public still thinks that society would descend into chaos if Cannabis was made legal, and sneer and tut when the dutch example is refered to.
Given the current economic climate this is unfortunate as it would not only free up police and court services time,as well as emptying a fair amount of prison space (which as we all know = money) but also generate a huge amount of revenue through direct product taxation or even some kind of ‘home grown’ tax if it were truly controlled, and not just said to be controlled, by the state.As it stands now the only people in control of the illicit drug trade are the criminal underworld which also has links to terrorist chains which then goes on to perpetuate even more crime,only this time on a larger more grotesque scale.(911,7/7 etc)

Why is this idea important?

I am a pharmacy worker in the south of England and dispence drugs on a regualar daily basis.From aspirin to zopiclone i handle all kinds of drugs, some of which i can only dispence if i wear gloves as they are so toxic.
In my opinion the current laws regarding the use of certain illegal drugs are not only outdated (1971),but are actually counter productive in their approach to harm reduction and misleading to users as well as the general public.
To put it bluntly the current classification of drugs is not only flawed, but unscientific and potentially dangerous.
One example is the re-classification of Cannabis…
If you pidgeon-hole cannabis in the same drug section as a more dangerous drug,there is the inherant danger that Cannabis users may regard that drug as no more harmful than Cannabis, as it is in the same section.
Most informed people know that Cannabis is one of the safest drugs on the planet,even if they don’t use it themselves (bearing in mind that there is no such thing as a 100% safe drug).We have thousands of years of evidence to support this fact, from archaic script of the medicinal use of the drug through time, to the present day American style Cannabis prescribing. Unfortunately thanks to modern day ‘reefer madness’ tabloid hype and political pressure, a large proportion of the the UK public still thinks that society would descend into chaos if Cannabis was made legal, and sneer and tut when the dutch example is refered to.
Given the current economic climate this is unfortunate as it would not only free up police and court services time,as well as emptying a fair amount of prison space (which as we all know = money) but also generate a huge amount of revenue through direct product taxation or even some kind of ‘home grown’ tax if it were truly controlled, and not just said to be controlled, by the state.As it stands now the only people in control of the illicit drug trade are the criminal underworld which also has links to terrorist chains which then goes on to perpetuate even more crime,only this time on a larger more grotesque scale.(911,7/7 etc)

Medicalise – Not Criminalise – Drug Addiction

The Swiss and Dutch, are successfully treating drug addicts, including those hooked on hard drugs such as heroin as a primarily medical, rather than criminal problem.

There are several benefits to this policy including the fact that it frees up police time and removes the glamour from drug addiction, discouraging people from starting. 

The police are free to pursue dealers, burglars and other criminals, but not those possessing personal quantities and 'getting high on their own supply' in the privacy of their own home.

Why is this idea important?

The Swiss and Dutch, are successfully treating drug addicts, including those hooked on hard drugs such as heroin as a primarily medical, rather than criminal problem.

There are several benefits to this policy including the fact that it frees up police time and removes the glamour from drug addiction, discouraging people from starting. 

The police are free to pursue dealers, burglars and other criminals, but not those possessing personal quantities and 'getting high on their own supply' in the privacy of their own home.

Repeal of drug prohibition laws.

Control and regulate the distribution and sale of all recreational drugs. Accept the inevitability of recreational drug use and the failure of prohibition. Make drug use (including nicotine and alcohol) safer for everyone, both the user and society in general.

 

The logic for repealing drug prohibition laws is overwhelming and unassailable. Why are some drugs such as alcohol and nicotine perfectly legal whilst other less harmful drugs, such as cannabis and MDMA, illegal? It makes no sense why so much time, money and effort goes into criminalising people who seek alternative and safer forms of intoxication. It makes no sense why criminal gangs are given a near monopoly on one of the most lucrative industries in the world. It also makes no sense why two of the most toxic drugs, alcohol and nicotine, can be marketed and advertised to children.

 

Drug prohibition makes no sense. Our current form of selective drug prohibition makes even less sense. Educate people honestly about drugs and their various effects and then allow them to make their own decisions. Surely this is a basic and obvious human right.

Why is this idea important?

Control and regulate the distribution and sale of all recreational drugs. Accept the inevitability of recreational drug use and the failure of prohibition. Make drug use (including nicotine and alcohol) safer for everyone, both the user and society in general.

 

The logic for repealing drug prohibition laws is overwhelming and unassailable. Why are some drugs such as alcohol and nicotine perfectly legal whilst other less harmful drugs, such as cannabis and MDMA, illegal? It makes no sense why so much time, money and effort goes into criminalising people who seek alternative and safer forms of intoxication. It makes no sense why criminal gangs are given a near monopoly on one of the most lucrative industries in the world. It also makes no sense why two of the most toxic drugs, alcohol and nicotine, can be marketed and advertised to children.

 

Drug prohibition makes no sense. Our current form of selective drug prohibition makes even less sense. Educate people honestly about drugs and their various effects and then allow them to make their own decisions. Surely this is a basic and obvious human right.

Repeal of drug prohibition laws.

 






Control and regulate the distribution and sale of all recreational drugs. Accept the inevitability of recreational drug use and the failure of prohibition. Make drug use (including nicotine and alcohol) safer for everyone, both the user and society in general.

 

The logic for repealing drug prohibition laws is overwhelming and unassailable. Why are some drugs such as alcohol and nicotine perfectly legal whilst other less harmful drugs, such as cannabis and MDMA, illegal? It makes no sense why so much time, money and effort goes into criminalising people who seek alternative and safer forms of intoxication. It makes no sense why criminal gangs are given a near monopoly on one of the most lucrative industries in the world. It also makes no sense why two of the most toxic drugs, alcohol and nicotine, can be marketed and advertised to children.

 

Drug prohibition makes no sense. Our current form of selective drug prohibition makes even less sense. Educate people honestly about drugs and their various effects and then allow them to make their own decisions. Surely this is a basic and obvious human right.

Why is this idea important?

 






Control and regulate the distribution and sale of all recreational drugs. Accept the inevitability of recreational drug use and the failure of prohibition. Make drug use (including nicotine and alcohol) safer for everyone, both the user and society in general.

 

The logic for repealing drug prohibition laws is overwhelming and unassailable. Why are some drugs such as alcohol and nicotine perfectly legal whilst other less harmful drugs, such as cannabis and MDMA, illegal? It makes no sense why so much time, money and effort goes into criminalising people who seek alternative and safer forms of intoxication. It makes no sense why criminal gangs are given a near monopoly on one of the most lucrative industries in the world. It also makes no sense why two of the most toxic drugs, alcohol and nicotine, can be marketed and advertised to children.

 

Drug prohibition makes no sense. Our current form of selective drug prohibition makes even less sense. Educate people honestly about drugs and their various effects and then allow them to make their own decisions. Surely this is a basic and obvious human right.

Repeal Drugs Prohibition

The UK has long participated in the "Global War On Drugs". In spite of this, all research and anecdotal evidence suggests that the use of currently illegal drugs is increasing.

Arguements are made pertaining to the health and societal aspects of drug use being detrimental to the country. This is almost always overstated and often detracts from rational discussion on the subject.

What is proposed?

  • The prohibition of all drugs currently illegal to posses or use should end.
  • Those who wish to purchase previously illegal drugs should be able to obtain them from licenced and reputable vendors such as chemists.
  • Registration could be implemented in order to allow analysis of purchasing patterns to identify those who are potentially at risk from any proven health concerns.
  • VAT to be applied to these sales earning the government much needed revenue.
  • Quality control to be ensured by those licenced to manufacture and supply.

Why is this idea important?

The UK has long participated in the "Global War On Drugs". In spite of this, all research and anecdotal evidence suggests that the use of currently illegal drugs is increasing.

Arguements are made pertaining to the health and societal aspects of drug use being detrimental to the country. This is almost always overstated and often detracts from rational discussion on the subject.

What is proposed?

  • The prohibition of all drugs currently illegal to posses or use should end.
  • Those who wish to purchase previously illegal drugs should be able to obtain them from licenced and reputable vendors such as chemists.
  • Registration could be implemented in order to allow analysis of purchasing patterns to identify those who are potentially at risk from any proven health concerns.
  • VAT to be applied to these sales earning the government much needed revenue.
  • Quality control to be ensured by those licenced to manufacture and supply.

Decriminalise Cannabis along the same lines as the Netherlands

The arguments are well worn, but to me it boils down to:

Cannabis is not so harmful, that it is reasonable to impose the kind of legal penalties on it that currently exist in the UK

The BBC summarise the key points here ( http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/693257.stm )

Why is this idea important?

The arguments are well worn, but to me it boils down to:

Cannabis is not so harmful, that it is reasonable to impose the kind of legal penalties on it that currently exist in the UK

The BBC summarise the key points here ( http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/693257.stm )