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Saw this article while looking through space news sites for xenobiology news. Even Americans want draconian cannabis laws changed. I don't know about there being a Roswell cover up or anything but I do recall reading some years ago that most americans believe in aliens and a government conspiracy on the matter. So that result shouldn't be too surprising I guess. I wouldn't normally post an article this bizarre but its actually from Discovery magazine which is one of the most professional news outlets available.
Australians are the biggest recreational marijuana users in the world so law reform is wanted here even more than in America where the prohibition was first initiated by fat cats to kill off the hemp industry. People are clearly tired of being told by big brother how they should live. The fact that marijuana law reform was the most petitioned request to the Obama government illustrates just how out of touch western governments are. Over 70 years of prohibition has bred public contempt for decision makers in government. Locking up harmless recreational users is a burden on police, courts, prisons and the public who must pay for this ridiculous enforcement of an unwanted prohibition.
Enough is enough. Drug use is a personal choice issue. Western governments have become nanny states in which the masses are treated like children and told what is best for them. Its time governments stopped locking up their citizens for life choices that hurt nobody.
Legalise cannabis, says drug expert
Dr Alex Wodak, the director of the Alcohol and Drug Service at Sydney's St Vincent's Hospital, says cannabis will soon be Australia's smoke of choice.
"In a few years time, we'll have more Australians smoking cannabis than we have smoking tobacco and by default that market is largely taken over by criminals," Dr Wodak told AAP.
"Having a black market of that size is not good for anybody and inevitably big black markets can only survive if there's significant police corruption."
He heads the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation.
"At the moment, we have no control over cannabis at all because the trade is run by criminals," he said from Lismore.
"By taxing and regulating it, we would start to have some influence over the way people use cannabis. Overall, the aim should be to try and reduce the harm."
Cannabis prohibition was expensive and ineffective, Dr Wodak said, with surveys showing up to 2.5 million Australians will smoke cannabis in 2010.
"It's easier for most Australians to purchase cannabis than to buy a pizza - it's a readily available substance," he said.
Yeah but a pizza costs as little as $5 on a Tuesday.
Beats me where these deadheads can find $300 an oz??? ( how would I know).
If this post is gone tomorrow -don't anyone be surprised!
Supporters say the ordinance -- which Alderman Daniel Solis plans to introduce at next week’s City Council meeting -- will raise revenue for the city and free up police to chase more serious criminals.
Their call for ticketing possessors of small amounts of pot, reported by NBC Chicago, echoes a similar suggestion made by Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle this summer. After calling the "war on drugs" a failure, she said the idea would reduce the county's inmate population, both saving money and potentially stymying future crime. Preckwinkle has floated the idea to Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy and his department was reportedly looking into the issue as of this summer.
Brain Damage and Dead Monkeys.
Friday October 28th.
Hopefully it'll end with all drugs being legalised. The drug war is a complete failure and should never have been initiated in the first place. Human beings are individual sovereign beings capable of making their own choices in life without nanny states thinking for them on every little conceivable matter. The world is far too overregulated and draconian drug laws are a costly nuisance. All drugs are recreational. Thats the point. People use them to have a good time. They aren't hurting anybody and shouldn't be penalised for it. If drugs were legalised and controlled we'd have less overdoses and bad batches of drugs killing users. Drug use would be out in the open and problem users could be easily identified and treated.
The churches are largely an irrelevant institution to most people nowadays. Australia has the highest percentage of atheists in the western world. If the churches truly claim to want the best for people then they won't stand in the way of cleaning up the drug industry and removing the black market. Street drugs are expensive just like any other illegal commodity and heinous crimes are perpetrated by addicts to aquire the cash for their habit. Churches and charities deal directly with the general public and are more aware of the social issues than politicians who are frankly out of touch. The public is already outraged, sore as hell that this senseless drug war has been going on for so long.
A real world example of what happens when marijuana is readily available can be found in Holland. The Dutch partially legalized marijuana in the 1970s. Since then, hard drug use ( heroin and cocaine ) have declined substantially. If marijuana really were a gateway drug, one would have expected use of hard drugs to have gone up, not down. This apparent "negative gateway" effect has also been observed in the United States. Studies done in the early 1970s showed a negative correlation between use of marijuana and use of alcohol. A 1993 Rand Corporation study that compared drug use in states that had decriminalized marijuana versus those that had not, found that where marijuana was more available ( the states that had decriminalized ) hard drug abuse as measured by emergency room episodes decreased. In short, what science and actual experience tell us is that marijuana tends to substitute for the much more dangerous hard drugs like alcohol, cocaine, and heroin.
Even if those decisions affect the lives of others? I don't see how legalizing drugs would make the problem go away,when you have people selling the drugs to other people and adiciting them to pay for there own habits. As long as there is serious money to be made from selling the stuff,legalizing it is a recipe for disaster,as I remember as I said Italy trying a similar thing and there drug-related crimes increased by around 200% as soon as they legalized it. All people don't use them to have a good time,also some are just selling the stuff for the hard money,and they don't care those lives they ruin to get it,as teenagers aren't aware of the dangers that the drugs bring as it only takes a couple of hits to become addicted.
As to your quote "The churches are largely an irrelevant institution to most people nowadays. Australia has the highest percentage of atheists in the western world" That may be true but people still respect the churches,especially the Salvation Army. It still has quite a big influence on the community of Australia as a whole. Trying to legalize it would bring their influence against legalizing it,on the grounds that it exempts people that use every force under their control to literally force drugs on a unspecting teen populace,that has no idea just how much damage it can do. I had a friend that was addicted to drugs in this way,and it took him years to recover from it.
"Even if those decisions affect the lives of others?"
Everything affects everybody. The question which must be asked is whether legalisation affects other people in a positive or negative way. Clearly the answer is both so we have to weigh the positive against the negative. At present addicts are paying exhorbitant prices for drugs and crime is their way of meeting those prices. Old women having their bags snatched. Asians getting rolled at ATM's. Peoples homes getting invaded. Legalisation would eliminate the high black market prices and negate the need for users to resort to crime. People are going to continue to use drugs whether legal or not. Legalisation brings the industry out of the dark murky underworld.
"I don't see how legalizing drugs would make the problem go away,when you have people selling the drugs to other people and adiciting them to pay for there own habits."
Do you see a lot of drug related crime with tobacco junkies? Alcoholics often break the law but nobody is calling for another alcohol prohibition. It didn't work last time and wouldn't work today except in countries where the populace is religiously opposed to drinking such as in the middle east. Clearly prohibition has never made the problem go away. Besides, addiction is treatable when people aren't hiding their habit from authorities out of fear of being locked up in a cage with murderers and pedophiles. How does locking up a uni student in jail for smoking a joint help them? What about that kid in indonesia facing years of imprisonment for less than 2 grams of weed? Indonesia has followed americas lead and taken drug laws to the extreme. Yet drugs are plentiful there. We need to go in the other direction if we pride ourselves on being a fair democratic nation which upholds the rights of the individual.
Cannabis is not physically addictive although it can be psychologically addictive in the sense that users enjoy the experience and wish to repeat it. Like TV or chocolate is psychologically addictive. Quitting causes no cold turkey shakes or other ailments. Unlike alcohol and tobacco which are horribly addictive.
"As long as there is serious money to be made from selling the stuff,legalizing it is a recipe for disaster."
If it is legalised then there wont be any serious money to be made. Do you hear about many bootleg alcohol arrests? How about chop chop tobacco? There is not much of a market for them because they are legally available in shops at reasonable prices.
"Trying to legalize it would bring their influence against legalizing it,on the grounds that it exempts people that use every force under their control to literally force drugs on a unspecting teen populace,that has no idea just how much damage it can do."
It would be hypocritical of Churches to take a stance against cannabis after making so little effort to stamp out the evils of alcohol which causes domestic violence, hooliganism, vandalism, riots, murder, automobile deaths and teenage liver transplants to name but a few.
"I had a friend that was addicted to drugs in this way,and it took him years to recover from it."
I'm sorry about your friend. My best friend died about 8 months ago. He was a chronic tobacco smoker. Legalisation of drugs isn't going to fully resolve all the problems related to drugs but I believe it is a step in the right direction. Prohibition has been a complete waste of resources. It has achieved nothing. Tax payers are footing an enormous bill with no apparent benefits. Meanwhile australian citizens are being arrested and jailed for disobeying unjust laws. Otherwise law abiding citizens I might add. The fact that so many people are refusing to obey these laws is indicative of how little respect the public has for them. Even politicians and police smoke dope in australia.