Legalise Cannabis & Psilocybin Mushrooms

The contining criminalisation of individuals using these drugs is not of benefit to society.  Making cannabis illegal has not stopped its use, and people can easily pick mushrooms in the countryside so it is impossible to police anyway.

At the present time people are buying low quality product at extortionate prices, lining the pockets of the dealers and encouraging an illegal industry which is associated with high levels of other types of crime.

If legal people could buy these 2 plants over the counter, and they could be taxed by the Government in the same way as cigarettes and alchohol..  It would remain illegal to deal.

Why is this idea important?

The contining criminalisation of individuals using these drugs is not of benefit to society.  Making cannabis illegal has not stopped its use, and people can easily pick mushrooms in the countryside so it is impossible to police anyway.

At the present time people are buying low quality product at extortionate prices, lining the pockets of the dealers and encouraging an illegal industry which is associated with high levels of other types of crime.

If legal people could buy these 2 plants over the counter, and they could be taxed by the Government in the same way as cigarettes and alchohol..  It would remain illegal to deal.

Legalise Psilocybin Mushrooms

Section 21 of the Drugs Act 2005 outlaws fungi containing psilocin or an ester of psilocin (which would include psilocybin). This law was rushed without enough debate in the 'wash-up' period of 2005. This law should be repealed due to a complete lack of evidence and misunderstanding of the effects of psilocin and psilocybin.

Why is this idea important?

Section 21 of the Drugs Act 2005 outlaws fungi containing psilocin or an ester of psilocin (which would include psilocybin). This law was rushed without enough debate in the 'wash-up' period of 2005. This law should be repealed due to a complete lack of evidence and misunderstanding of the effects of psilocin and psilocybin.

Legalise and tax hard drugs

The good guys have lost the 'war on drugs'. The winners are international criminal syndicates which are making billions out of smuggled heroin, crack etc and their local sub-contractors.

The losers are:-

–  the poor types who take up these substances and so ruin their lives;

– the ordinary citizens who are robbed and assaulted in the addicts' quest to service their habit;

– the prisons whose resources are overwhelmed by huge numbers of addicts;

– the taxpayers, who fund this entire, futile exercise.

My proposal is that these drugs ought to be sold via pharmacies and bear a tax similar to those on tobacco and alcohol, thus raising millions for the exchequer whilst driving the drugs barons out of business in the UK. Just like tobacco and alcohol they should be available on demand to anyone over 18. I choose pharmacies because, unlike other retailers, they already have secure storage for dangerous drugs.

Those who applaud the nanny state will protest, insisting that unformed young minds would want to try these things out and would be hooked. Certainly that would happen in some cases – but it happens now, so that is no argument.

Einstein defined lunacy as continuing to do the same thing and expecting a different outcome. In those terms we've been lunatics for a generation. Let's try sanity for once.

Why is this idea important?

The good guys have lost the 'war on drugs'. The winners are international criminal syndicates which are making billions out of smuggled heroin, crack etc and their local sub-contractors.

The losers are:-

–  the poor types who take up these substances and so ruin their lives;

– the ordinary citizens who are robbed and assaulted in the addicts' quest to service their habit;

– the prisons whose resources are overwhelmed by huge numbers of addicts;

– the taxpayers, who fund this entire, futile exercise.

My proposal is that these drugs ought to be sold via pharmacies and bear a tax similar to those on tobacco and alcohol, thus raising millions for the exchequer whilst driving the drugs barons out of business in the UK. Just like tobacco and alcohol they should be available on demand to anyone over 18. I choose pharmacies because, unlike other retailers, they already have secure storage for dangerous drugs.

Those who applaud the nanny state will protest, insisting that unformed young minds would want to try these things out and would be hooked. Certainly that would happen in some cases – but it happens now, so that is no argument.

Einstein defined lunacy as continuing to do the same thing and expecting a different outcome. In those terms we've been lunatics for a generation. Let's try sanity for once.

Repeal criminalisation of psylocybes

Reconsider the classification of psylocybe ('magic') mushrooms as a Class A drug in the UK, as part of a wider review of drug classification and a serious scientific and sociological appraisal of drug prohibition in general.

Why is this idea important?

Reconsider the classification of psylocybe ('magic') mushrooms as a Class A drug in the UK, as part of a wider review of drug classification and a serious scientific and sociological appraisal of drug prohibition in general.

Remove the classification of psilocybin mushrooms as Class A drugs

Reverse the "Inclusion of mushrooms containing psilocin etc. as Class A drugs".

 

The Drugs Act 2005 – Part 4, section 21:

http://www.opsi.gov.uk/acts/acts2005/ukpga_20050017_en_5#pt4-l1g21

Why is this idea important?

Reverse the "Inclusion of mushrooms containing psilocin etc. as Class A drugs".

 

The Drugs Act 2005 – Part 4, section 21:

http://www.opsi.gov.uk/acts/acts2005/ukpga_20050017_en_5#pt4-l1g21