Saturday, 30 November 2013

The inevitable tide of cannabis

The inexorable pace of the relaxation of cannabis laws continues:  last year it was the two American States that legalised smoking of the weed; earlier this year Switzerland legalised possession and this week Berlin has voted to open its first cannabis cafe.

District Mayor Monika Herrmann says the "prohibition policy" of the past few decades has failed: "We now have to think about offbeat solutions."

In Britain, sadly, the same old hypocritical old farts continue to push for harsher prison sentences while secretly making money from the drugs industry.  It is hypocritical because the Blair government reduced possession from a serious criminal offence to a slap on the wrist; analysis of drug residues reveal that traces of cocaine have been found in the wash rooms at the Houses of Parliament and in many of the areas reserved exclusively for legal staff in our Crown Courts.  The very people who are prosecuting us for growing harmless cannabis and seizing our money for themselves are the ones consuming more powerful narcotics.

500,000 people are growing cannabis in the UK, 6,000,000 are smoking it, in excess of 9,000,000 citizens now have criminal records.  At what point do the politicians and judges finally recognise that if they do not stop prosecuting people for no good reason the notion of a law-abiding society as we know it will collapse?

Berlin has given in to the inevitable by voting to allow the opening of the first Cannabis cafe in Germany.

Hundreds of thousands of Germans pop down the road to the Netherlands every year.  The Dutch government estimates that in excess of one million tourists per year visit Amsterdam alone purely because of the country’s relaxed drug policy. Both France and Germany have in the past put pressure on the Dutch government to alter their cannabis policy (which is “OK it’s against the law but who cares?").  The Dutch word is officially “Gedoogbeleid”.

In response the Dutch have restricted the sale of cannabis in establishments near the border.  They have, however, resolutely refused to restrict the right of their own citizens to have a little harmless fun.

Finally the Germans have accepted that, in a democracy, they have to listen to the people – a novel idea that the British could try some time.

1 comment:

  1. It's about highest time that the people realize the real issue:

    Denial of cannabis by Prohibition ‘law’ premeditatedly inflicts suffering, blindness, and, in many instances, death. Those who maintain any use of life-saving cannabis to be "illegal" should be regarded and treated as perpetrators of the gravest of crimes, and deemed unfit to hold any public office in a democratic society.

    The Report collates Empirical Evidence and the Findings of Fact of official clinical studies which exonerate cannabis and vindicate all cultivation, trade, possession and use. The Report establishes massive ulterior money-motive and prejury behind prohibition; and indicts government.

    The Report presents irrefutable Legal Grounds for Restoration: Relegalisation, Amnesty & Restitution.