Saturday, March 17, 2007

About f***ing time too

Ten years on, The Sindie has admitted it was wrong about cannabis.

' Professor Colin Blakemore, chief of the Medical Research Council, who backed our original campaign for cannabis to be decriminalised, has also changed his mind.
He said: "The link between cannabis and psychosis is quite clear now; it wasn't 10 years ago."'

Its always the way.

Its about time the modish left got over its adolescent rebellion phase and had a mature debate about drugs.


Anonymous Paddy Garcia said...

Progress I guess, gradual breaking down of denial. Cannabis Psychosis has been around long before skunk.
Any type of cannabis can cause it.

3/20/2007 2:53 PM  
Blogger Charlie Pottins said...

Never having taken to smoking dope or the crap "alternative culture" that went with it, but having known many who did, I think I can look at this fairly objectively.
So far as I know none of the students and young workers I knew using grass in the 1969-73 period became psychotic or addicted. I did see individuals get into serious mental or physical trouble through messing with acid, or competitive drinking.
I've seen someone glassed for no reason but can't recall any hippy shoving a joint in someone's face.
I also witnessed serious trouble attributable to "purple hearts", amphetamines, which were freely available abd prescribed in the early 1960s. Not to mention the kids who got started on drugs by raiding their parents' medical cabinet. Many a GP's surgery served as pushers because they could not sort out what people really had wrong, and many a medical srudent when not getting pissed out of their head experimented with the stuff in the pharmacy.
I know parents who used to boast of their own dope smoking days but worry about their kids, and cite skunk. But had cannabis been legalised it would be licenced too (and taxed I suppose), so the grade and safety could have been controlled. Or do we take the deaths from alcohol and dangers of people drinking meths or moonshine, as an argument for prohibition?
And I'm speaking as someone whose drugs of choice are ale and scotch. Mind you I'd ban alcopops.

3/22/2007 1:15 PM  

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