“A whiff of change is in the air. Officials in two American states, Colorado and Washington, are pondering how to implement their voters’ decisions in referendums last November to legalise marijuana (cannabis). A dozen countries in Europe and the Americas have deemed the possession of some drugs no longer to be a criminal offence. A few Latin American presidents want a rethink of the “war” on the supply and trafficking of drugs.”
Which is of course good news. If the United Nations conventions on drugs which member countries have signed comes under sustained attack, things could change quickly.
Especially as there is no evidence to support the current models of recreational drug classification, just years of knee-jerk policy formulation.
Few advocate the prohibition of the widely used drug alcohol, so it follows the use of drugs that are associated with less harm than alcohol should not be prohibited.
Cannabis and MDMA are the two obvious candidates for reclassification as the use of both is associated with far less harm than the use of alcohol.
Reclassification would prevent the current distortions in the market which incentivize the involvement of organized, and disorganized, crime.
Additionally it would make for a much groovier scene.
To contribute to the cultural change required to effect the necessary legislative update, I take great satisfaction in removing the inaccurate phrase “alcohol and drugs” from articles I edit at work, either changing it to “alcohol and other drugs” or removing “alcohol and” leaving the conveniently short umbrella term “drugs”.
I wish I could have got hold of the article on the front page of yesterday’s Dominion-Post, Wellington’s daily, about a local festival.
Entitled “200 trashed teens treated”, the intro stated, nonsensically: “Dozens of drunk young festivalgoers - some of who had also taken drugs - disgraced themselves before they’d even had a chance to listen to their favourite bands at Homegrown.”
If the phrase “alcohol and drugs” were added to the banned list in the style guide I would be delirious :)
Speaking of which I feel a bit shit today as I’ve caught the cold going round.
I don’t think it’s a coincidence I always get sick during my Lenten abstinence observance as cannabis consumption has been associated with improvements in immunity from infection.
I’ve so far resisted the urge to break my fast however, partly because my lungs feel really good right now and I’d prefer not to assault them with irritants.
Yesterday I went for a pleasant swim in Days Bay but was slightly perturbed to sight two massive dorsal fins in the water shortly after I made it to land.
They belonged to two orcas which were gamboling in the waves very close to shore.
The harbor is clearly currently very popular with marine mammals, this from last week: http://vimeo.com/m/60724919