In my opinion: High time for these drugs to be legalised and taxed
I have been saying, for decades now, that our drug laws are a total nonsense and should be scrapped and replaced by common sense. And at last there are signs that views may be shifting!
We tolerate and exploit to the hilt the two most damaging drugs that we consume in vast quantity - tobacco that causes so much cancer, and alcohol that causes so much social disruption and domestic unrest.
So why, I have always thought, are we down like a ton of bricks on cannabis, not harmless but relatively so in proportion to those two accepted drugs, and so forbidding on all the other things that people elect to take with scant regard for their wellbeing and health. And even, increasingly, their very survival as more and more dodgy and unregulated chemicals get put on the market because of the supposed highs that they give to those who are unhappy with their lot.
I have argued, with the police, MPs, and elsewhere (even in the Western Morning News!), that the law needs to change to a regime where people should be free to take what they like, but that things like heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, and everything else, should be regulated in the way that tobacco is regulated, and only allowed on the market in a form guaranteed to be as pure as possible, so that people who indulge are not dying, as they are every day, from some unwanted side effect that was unanticipated, often due to the drug pushers padding out their wares with chemicals which are untried.
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I'm sure the tobacco companies, losing ground on account of the recent changes in outlook, would be keen to jump on a bandwagon and undertake to produce the favoured drugs in a pure form, thus far less dangerous to users.
And the government, one would surely expect, would be happy to pick up a tax on every such item sold.
And whatever tax they put on for the public purse, the drugs would certainly be cheaper than the price now charged by the criminal drug dealers.
And from being ridiculed for decades, along with everybody else who holds my viewpoint, it is interesting that the odd voice is now being heard expressing viewpoints close to my own. In Denver, Colorado in the USA, I understand that drug laws have now been relaxed to the extent that marihuana is now permitted to be grown and sold and smoked in that state, and it will be interesting how that impacts on the rest of the USA (or at least on the adjoining states).
In this country, the odd querulous voice from a policeman, used to picking up some of the damage, has been heard voicing doubts about our rigid policy.
But, suddenly, only last week, no less than the Chief of Police in the English county of Durham has publicly advocated relaxing the drug laws along the direction of common sense. So perhaps, who knows, I may yet live long enough to be able to smoke my first legal reefer!