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Should drug possession be decriminalised?

Post by Jennie on Fri 05 Aug 2011, 10:51 pm

Interesting read just here involving an inquiry the Lib Dems are making into decriminalising the possession of all drugs:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2011/aug/04/liberal-democrats-decriminalising-drug-possession?CMP=twt_fd


Be fascinating to see what people think...
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Post by Jennie on Fri 05 Aug 2011, 10:54 pm

While on the general topic, some people might want to share their views on this too:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-14402282

I was there, and was disgusted with the policing/secrurity at this event. It's known for drug use... yet a few HUNDRED were questioned/cautioned/charged. This number should have been more towards the thousands.
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Post by Jed on Wed 10 Aug 2011, 5:41 am

I don't think all drugs should be decriminalised, but I think the law needs to be slacker on marijuana and in some respects harder on alcohol. Alcohol makes people loud, aggressive and abusive (of course this is only some of the time). Marijuana can make people feel sick, slow down reaction times, confuse people etc. so both have their bad side but I think marijuana needs to be controlled and not illegal altogether. Not being able to smoke it while working, in crowded public places, while driving, while operating heavy machinery etc.

And also only able to buy a certain amount, per week. Of course that could be abused but it can be, and is, abused with alcohol just as much.

I'd talk about other drugs but frankly I don't have much experience with them and don't feel it's my position to say anything.
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Post by Dodson on Wed 10 Aug 2011, 8:42 am

Portugal decriminalised possession of coke and weed and incidences of drug crimes and use went down in both cases. Definitely a factor of it being cool because it's taboo or illegal. If it were legalised then it would reduce incidence of crime.
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Post by ChumbaWumba on Wed 10 Aug 2011, 10:35 am

God made green. Man made booze. Who do you trust?
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Post by Guest on Wed 10 Aug 2011, 10:50 am

Alcohol is far, far worse than weed. Weed doesn't cost the NHS £1bn a year, or make you hit your wife, or poison you, give you hangovers, cost loads, cause road accidents non-stop, cause fights, give the police a tough job in any city centre each and every weekend.

Drug laws (in general - but especially for weed) need to be relaxed. Severely.

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Post by Malky on Wed 10 Aug 2011, 11:10 am

LEGALISE IT.

Weed also stimulates the snack food market. All that money for the economy.
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Post by beth on Wed 10 Aug 2011, 11:32 am

Shinfo wrote:Alcohol is far, far worse than weed. Weed doesn't cost the NHS £1bn a year, or make you hit your wife, or poison you, give you hangovers, cost loads, cause road accidents non-stop, cause fights, give the police a tough job in any city centre each and every weekend.

Drug laws (in general - but especially for weed) need to be relaxed. Severely.
This is pretty much what I was going to say, except worded better. Cheers, Jack! ha.
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Post by Jess on Wed 10 Aug 2011, 10:21 pm

I think weed should be legal
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Post by blissof89 on Wed 10 Aug 2011, 11:26 pm

Weed should definitely be legalized.

It's kinda hard with other drugs. I personally believe some other drugs should be legalized, but it'd never happen due to the negative press that surrounds them.
Also, plenty of drugs are far too easy to OD on. To give yourself alcohol poisoning you have to consume a vast amount of alcohol which is a lot of work and takes time, you could drop fuck knows how many E's in a matter of minutes and end up a comatose wreck.
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Post by Malky on Fri 12 Aug 2011, 10:35 pm

Heroin should be decriminalised, fuck what the Sun says.
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Post by kappa99 on Thu 06 Oct 2011, 1:51 am

This could never happen, but I think if the government could go back, tobacco and alcohol would be illegal and weed legalized, and treated the same way as alcohol is now - buy it in shops, "pubs", cant drive or work on it etc.
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Post by Jennie on Thu 26 Jan 2012, 8:07 am

More on the topic,

Richard Branson recently posted on his blog:

http://www.virgin.com/richard-branson/blog/time-to-end-the-war-on-drugs

He also visited the House of Commons this week to discuss the growing debate with the Home Affairs Committee - http://www.virgin.com/richard-branson/blog/how-is-your-countrys-drug-policy
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Post by blissof89 on Thu 26 Jan 2012, 8:51 am

There is talk going on of changing the system in which people are sentenced for posession of small quantities of drugs.

http://apps.facebook.com/theguardian/commentisfree/2012/jan/24/war-on-truth-about-drugs?fb_source=recent_activity&fb_action_types=news.reads

Makes sense really, most people will go halves or whatever when buying drugs with friends. Like it says in that article, in theory if I were to pass a spliff around a group of friends I would in fact be supplying them with illegal substance.


The whole system around the criminalisation of drugs is wrong if you ask me, its freedom of choice, surely you should be allowed to consume what you wish. Legalisation of drugs would (within a little) remove the gang culture that surrounds the supply of them in many places, it would increase the the nations income through taxes on them, stop police from wasting their time giving little Freddy a caution cause he had a tenbag of weed on him, it'd stop people from taking shite impure damaging drugs cause suppliers are cutting them to line their own pockets.

Educate kids properly in school about the risks of taking drugs and what they do to your body etc, rather than the complete scaremongery that if you ever take drugs you will turn into a complete deadbeat junkie waste. Some of the rumours I've heard about drugs are laughable, probably topped by the whole "if you ever take LSD it makes you clinically insane" rumour that was going about for years. Most people don't understand drugs, and people fear things they do not understand.

In my experience, drunk people show far more violent, intimidating, behaviour than anyone I have ever seen on pretty much any drug.

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Post by ChumbaWumba on Thu 26 Jan 2012, 9:18 am

In the long run decriminalising drugs means the black market and criminals CANNOT make money from it to fund other illegal activities.

Less money spent attempting to stop illegal drug possession meaning more money for the UK to spend where it's needed to improve the health sector, education, low income families, creating jobs etc etc.

It's a no brainer for me tbh.
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Post by Jennie on Fri 27 Jan 2012, 8:44 am

It's not a simple as that.

The government are pretty much looped in shit either way. Getting out of the "criminalised" system that is already put in place is going to be a lot harder than if they had thought of doing it years ago.

Addicts involved in criminal activity are causing the crimes to fund the addiction. In some cases the only way these addicts can cope without the drug is to be prison. Getting them out of that loop is near impossible... and very expensive. I.e. Causes a crime to fund the addiction, gets sentenced and goes in to prison, gets released, cant cope in the community (maybe because they live in a deprived area, no support or little from family who are sometimes in similar situations, have no real education, home or relationships) so then they commit the crime to simple go back in to prison... when everything is a in routine again with no real stress. To get somebody out of this situation costs a lot of money, which is why the "criminalised" system just does not work. The money needs to go into organisations to ease the drop back in to community, or ideally not put them into prison in the first place!
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Post by Jaaakkkeee on Fri 27 Jan 2012, 8:09 pm

People can be addicted to alcohol which can land them in prison depending on what they get up to on a night out. Folk can spend all their money gambling and end up stealing to make ends meet.

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Post by Dodson on Sat 28 Jan 2012, 2:39 am

Addiction isn't limited to addictive substances, greed is a common human addiction, need for wealth
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