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September 27, 2011

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Looking forward to listening to the interview!

State Control of Drugs is the only way Forward

For the last 40 years the world has suffered the disaster of Nixon’s War on drugs.
Fixing 40 years of failed drug policy will take cleverer people than me. But if the UK can host an Olympic Games, surly we can put a team of experts together to plan government control of drugs.

During prohibition in the USA, de-criminalising alcohol, would have left Al Capone running booze unhindered. Full ending of prohibition effectively closed down the gangs reign although admittedly, many became legitimate casino owners and public officials in Las Vegas.

The lesson from the USA is that medical marihuana dispensaries are a good half way point, and to be commended, but full state control of drugs is the only comprehensive solution.
The state needs to control drugs with;
Licensed and regulated manufacture.
Licensed and regulated supply via pharmacy’s.
Supply of drugs with clear health warnings.
Selling of drugs only to adults.
No selling to obviously inebriated adults.
Hard drugs to be supplied only under doctor’s prescription

I may not be 'the sharpest tool in the box' but, even I can work out that de-criminalisation of drug users leaves the supply in the hands of organised crime. But if it's any consolation to organised crime... look at going legitimate as an opportunity.

Great interview. I just ordered your book. I just read Matthew's comments and have a few of my own. I don't feel that I have the credentials for an expert opinion on the subject of decriminalizing drugs in America. However, it doesn't appear to me that the cartels would just let that happen - given their ruthless nature. I would be concerned that the cartels would employ local gangs in America to conduct some of the same barbaric intimidation tactics as we see in Mexico. Also, isn't marijuana just part of the picture? What about cocaine and synthetic drugs? Surely those would never be decriminalized. I understand that nobody wants their decisions directly influenced by intimidation tactics of others. However, I can't help but think that if the arms of the cartels are somehow able to reach out and touch some of our legislators (and their families), then it would have a paralyzing effect on the whole process.

In reply to Todd, I do think that the cartels and gangs will do something to curb decriminalization, but only at first. When they eventually realize that they are wasting their time, they will concentrate on flooding the states with just people, coke and meth. I have talked to a smuggler friend of mine about the whole weed thing. I was telling him that any self respecting pot smoker that I know wouldn't touch that stuff that they smuggle in. My friends who smoke says it's full of seeds and stems and it's a 'last resort'. Besides, in California you can buy it openly buy the strongest strains of pot on the planet, and even edibles that you don't have to smoke. The smuggler friend kind of laughed, and said "you know those busts with a ton or more of pot in an 18 wheeler? Those are sent through knowing that they will probably get busted. As soon as an 18 wheeler is found full of pot, they have to pull man power and dogs to thoroughly go through the truck, check the tires..... Then they will start sending the coke and meth though with less chance of being caught. While the Customs guys are taking their picture with two tons of crud weed, there is loads right behind it." Makes sense to me.

I understand both sides of those who would legalize it, and those who want to continue the fight. But I can't understand why it's illegal and alcohol isn't. Take all the deaths from every illegal drug in the US, triple it, and it's still less than those who die from alcohol. But they sell beer at the store that my kid buys his lunch at, but if he tries weed he goes to jail clogging up the courts, costing to take him to trial, probation... It's silly.

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