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Politics.Co.Uk, Comment: The War On Drugs Is Already Lost

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An excellent article by Ian Dunt here that argues that the prohibitionists are already defeated.

My comment:

There is a deep, deep inertia about drugs policy amongst all politicians. Well that’s the polite way to put it, the political way. The truth is they’re all a bunch of self-serving, hypoctical cowards who don’t give a damn about the misery, suffering and death which their policies cause.

Of course the intellectual argument is won. It was won 20 years ago. Every single life lost, ruined, corrupted and wasted since then is the responsibility of those who have waged the “war on drugs” because it was never a war on drugs, it was a war on people. It pretended to be in those people’s interests but it was exactly the opposite. It was based on lies and propaganda.

It is not over yet. David Cameron and Nick Clegg both have a long record of claiming liberal and enlightened views on drug policy. Now they have their ministerial cars everything has changed. In the front line they have placed the snide and obnoxious James “Broken Britain” Brokenshire. He is playing the repressive, Ronald Regan, hang ‘em and flog ‘em role with glee. Of course he will be dumped as useless cannon fodder if Proposition 19 passes and sets off a wave of reform but I am not optimistic, even though I want to be.

We have a serious fight on our hands still. Until we can expose and overturn the lies and deceit of people like Brokenshire the people have not yet won.

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  1. Great article! Saw it minutes before you published your feature above. Peter, what do you make of this :http://www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov/publications/pdf/mj_legal.pdf
    374000 entering casualty .. what are they doing? stubbing it out in their eye?

    Nick

    November 2, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    • It’s actully a very well put together paper Nick. I must say, if I was asked to put together an anti-cannabis flyer, I couldn’t do a better job!

      Peter Reynolds

      November 7, 2010 at 3:39 pm

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  3. I always thought that the reason for prohibition was money. Politicians always fund their illegal wars and secret service operations with drug sales. It is not just the CIA trafficking heroin back in the 70′s!

    Thanks to prohibition, the government has an almost unlimited supply of cash and control over you.

    daniel carter

    November 2, 2010 at 9:04 pm

  4. They are giving in just out of embarrassment, and as more people get to know as more embarrassed they get

    daniel carter

    November 2, 2010 at 9:05 pm

  5. Came across something relevant in the Economist some weeks back – it concerned the vast empire of jails in California now costing 11% of State expenditure (more than on HE) – the only result of the policy is loads of jail guard jobs and $100K a year for the guards!
    Decriminalisation just makes so much more sense, and did to me as a cop witnessing the massive increase in the trade and violence in the 70′s and early 80′s – we did some good work nicking quality villains but it was no use because there were so many in the queue behind even ‘Kingpins’.
    It’s not that long since drug money from control of poppy growing in India was on our government books. Various prohibitions, including by the Chinese, were just attempts to control the profits. Legalise the drugs though, not the crap behaviour around them.

    allcoppedout

    November 3, 2010 at 2:37 am

  6. Peter.

    Now we know the results for proposition 19 I feel we should be nothing less but optimistic. Even though some report this as defeat, I think it was asking allot when you consider the corruption that still exists regarding drug laws, not to mention also the brain washing and scare tactics. I also feel it will actually work to our advantage when in several years the anti see that nothing has changed, thing have only gotten worse and there own children are buying cannabis and whatever else is going from the thug on the corner. The same thug that will support the illegal trade in the name of an easy buck. I myself would say that 55% to 45% is not a defeat but more of an even stay that will change to our advantage soon
    Here in the UK with the surfacing of the medical cannabis issue, numerous respected members of society calling for control (even members of ACPO) it is quiet obvious that we have won even though cannabis remains illegal. What is reality though is that to many of the 6 million (and rising as people change from booze to herb) cannabis users in the UK the herb is considered legal. The law no matter how harsh will never deter the demand for such a wonderful healing herb.

    Architect

    November 3, 2010 at 3:15 pm

  7. come home from a hard days work and build a nice charas hashish spliff. make a beverage and go to work in the studio. 3 hours of production.

    Come home after spending too much at the pub and feeling sick and confused. Feeling like death the next day and having not much desire to work.

    Hmmmmmm cannabis is such a bad thing. LOL

    Architect

    November 3, 2010 at 3:19 pm

  8. As I see it Medical use of cannabis will come but it’ll be under the strict control of Govemment licence to the big phamacutical companys so the money/ revenue flows straight to them (and from the medical evidence thus far we’re talking about the biggest potential profits ever known). Personal cultivation (even for medical use) will still be ilegal (to ensure the money flows to them). Cannabis medication and cure is coming as long as you can afford it (and if you can’t GROW YR OWN)

    edi

    November 22, 2010 at 6:47 pm


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