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Monday, March 19, 2007

Baby Boomers Stink

Not sure where to go with this one...But the Independent has reversed its position, taken a few years back in the late '90's, calling for the legalization of marijuana in the UK.
Record numbers of teenagers are requiring drug treatment as a result of smoking skunk, the highly potent cannabis strain that is 25 times stronger than resin sold a decade ago.

More than 22,000 people were treated last year for cannabis addiction - and almost half of those affected were under 18. With doctors and drugs experts warning that skunk can be as damaging as cocaine and heroin, leading to mental health problems and psychosis for thousands of teenagers, The Independent on Sunday has today reversed its landmark campaign for cannabis use to be decriminalised.
A couple interesting things to note, with the disclaimer that I haven't put a lot of serious thought into a rebuttal. To begin with, this is an example of why I'm not fond of arguments like this. For the reason that you leave yourself wide-open to attacks like this, putting yourself constantly on the defensive of defending the statement, "Alcohol is worse and we allow that".

My intial response to an editorial like this would be "So what?" Are they really saying we should continue a war that cost billions of dollars, tens of thousands of lives, and our civil liberties for a few thousand kids that might need mental health treatment because they smoked some strong pot? That is insane on every level. What has prohibition done so far to stop this, if kids are even going loony from the drug to begin with? Don't misunderstand me, I'm not giving ground on the potency issue. I largely think it is a load of shit that older generations use to simultaneously excuse their drug use while prosecuting a disgusting war on civil liberties, otherwise law-abiding citizens and......a plant. However, why waste time disputing THC percentage levels from 1972 as opposed to 2007. Who does that appeal to? Why not say: Look, this is another example of prohibition failing. If we had legal markets to purchase drugs, both casual users and addicts alike would be able to choose drugs of varying potency that suited their taste better. Or point out the cost/benefit analysis that I made at the beginning of this rant.

It's also important to point out that we are talking about a particular strain of marijuana, growing in popularity yes, but "skunk" has been around for some time now, it doesn't represent all pot in circulation and even within the strain potency can vary greatly. I can't get into the weeds on that particular issue, because I'm not a botanist, and there are actual qualified people who can speak to it much more authoritatively.

Full article here.

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