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Next Time A Young Person Dies From Legal Highs, Blame David Cameron, Theresa May And Jeremy Browne.

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See the excellent article in today’s Observer


Legal highs are the product of prohibition. If we made cannabis and MDMA legally available to adults under responsible regulation the market for these new, untested substances would virtually dry up.

We have at least 5,000 years experience with cannabis and for most adults, used in moderation, it is actually beneficial as a supplement to the endocannabinoid system and it helps protect against cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative and auto immune conditions.  Each year in Britain we hospitalise three times as many people for peanuts as we do for cannabis and that puts the health risks into proper perspective.

Similarly, MDMA is far less dangerous than aspirin or alcohol and if, as in Holland, we tested and certified the contents of a tablet we would protect people far better than the present inane and self-defeating policy.

The people who are directly to blame for the fact that our children are taking these dangerous, untested new substances are the idiots who run our drugs policy: David Cameron, Theresa May and, shamefully, against his own party’s policy, Jeremy Browne.

These weak, hypocritical, self-serving and cowardly politicians have allowed themselves to be bullied by the alcohol industry and a malevolent, sensation-seeking tabloid press into maintaining a policy that is simply absurd.

Written by Peter Reynolds

June 16, 2013 at 9:07 pm

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  1. Just wanted to say that I watched your debate with Peter Hitchens on the legalisation and regulation of cannabis a month ago and thought it was brilliant. I e-mailed my local MP, Arlene
    McCarthy (as well as some other MPs, I wasn’t sure who’s who) shortly after on the subject with a link to your debate, explaining why it’s the safest way to live with cannabis and asking why nothing is being done about it. The only answer I’ve had so far is from Brian Simpson’s PA, telling me that Arlene will reply to me, “setting out Labour’s position on the points [I] raise”. I don’t know how long I should be expecting to wait, but it feels as though I won’t get an answer. It’s sad that people can either be so ignorant or so unwilling to change, especially in government where policies must change with the new information and wisdom we constantly gain.

    I’ve only just found your blog and look forward to reading more. It’s reassuring to know that someone with a voice knows what they’re talking about!


    June 16, 2013 at 11:18 pm

  2. Peter, I have big problems with that headline. Drugs have dangers and sadly there will always be young people who die because of taking them. Drug policy should be based around minimising these dangers, but they will never be completely eliminated. Your headline only makes sense if the dangers can be completely eliminated. I can imagine the prohibitionists taking exactly this line when reform eventually happens – they will scream ‘TEENAGER DIES FROM LEGALISED DRUG AND IT’S ALL THE PRIME MINISTER’S FAULT’ or similar. It will be nonsense and will ignore the fact that fewer people will be needlessly dying than today, but that’s what they’ll say and that’s what pro-reformers have to defend against. If we use this argument, it will legitimise it when it is inevitably thrown back at us.

    Duncan Stott

    June 17, 2013 at 11:04 am

    • I disagree Duncan. The wilful dismissal of all the scientific and epidemiological evidence on the harms of prohibition makes those in charge of our drugs policy complicit in all harms that stem from it.

      I agree with you that harms from drugs will never be eliminated but current policy, disgracefully supported and promoted by LibDem Jeremy Browne, actually maximises harms.

      I can understand that Browne’s conduct must be a huge embarrassment to the Liberal Democrats as it is to me as a small ‘l’ liberal. What other reason can there be for such crass hypocrisy other than personal ambition?

      Peter Reynolds

      June 17, 2013 at 11:27 am

  3. The stuff you are writing blows out my mind.
    legal highs kaufen

    Tina Khamis

    August 8, 2013 at 10:00 am

  4. I strongly think Mr. Cameron is now against legalizing cannabis due to losing has son Ivan, six-year-old, who suffered from cerebral palsy and epilepsy and passed away. If cannabis (or RSO) Rick Simpson Oil had been available as a treatment, Been legal then his son may of still been here today. Mr. Cameron seem to be punishing other children and adults with cerebral palsy and epilepsy, cancer and other illnesses because of his loss. And want NO-ONE to have access to this wonderful, Miracle plant that can save millions in Britain. Peace to all.

    Legalize world wide

    September 26, 2013 at 10:51 am

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