I knew that this was coming. A harm reduction group tackles the Independent on Sunday’s reversal on pot.
They make the following points:
- The facts are all over the place.
- They fail to understand how drugs are used.
- We haven’t suddenly ‘discovered’ that cannabis is related to mental health problems.
Even if it’s all true – what exactly is the IOS recommending?
Even if it’s all true – what exactly is the IOS recommending? Ignore all other tedious witterings above for a moment and let’s assume that cannabis really is 25 time stronger than 10 years ago and this really has led to a ten fold increase in teen cannabis addiction (whatever that might be). What does the IOS then recommend in its leader as a response to the policy disaster under which this skunk apocalypse has emerged?Nothing: They say the the current policy is ‘about right’.
Do we get an exploration of policy alternatives or a consideration of progressive policy in other European countries where the problems are markedly smaller? No. Instead we are told that the ‘the fact possession of cannabis – and other drugs – is illegal acts as a important social deterrent’.