Banning drugs drives users to gangsters

A while ago I noted that Julian Brazier really knows next to nothing about drugs, but feels compelled to comment on them anyway. In his latest our MP has welcomed the Bill proposed in the Queen’s Speech that promises to impose a ban on legal highs. This, of course, is a contradiction in terms because once substances are banned, they are no longer legal. The absurdity of the legislation is highlighted by the fact that in order to ban substances that have a psychoactive effect, the law also has to include exemptions, such as cigarettes, coffee and alcohol, all of … Continue reading Banning drugs drives users to gangsters

Time for discussion on potential of drugs

You may remember, a few years back, the public spat between the government and its advisor, Professor David Nutt, about the classification of drugs. Professor Nutt said that using Ecstasy was no more dangerous than horse riding. He was subsequently sacked from his post. This wasn’t because he was wrong. Indeed, he was, and remains, one of the foremost experts in his field. Unfortunately, what he said contradicted the popular belief, fostered by certain newspapers, and in certain influential circles, that all drugs are, per se, a bad thing. This is very strange. Most of us take drugs in some … Continue reading Time for discussion on potential of drugs

The War on Drugs is a War on Consciousness: in answer to Julian Brazier

In a recent story – Legal Highs vs Natural Highs, published here – I referred to an intervention my MP, Julian Brazier, made with the Home Secretary on the issue of legal highs. I sent a copy of the story to Mr Brazier who responded with the following letter: Dear Chris, Many thanks for your piece which I read with interest. This is a big complicated subject but boils down to the old question of whether to legalise or not. On one point of detail, I am told by sources I respect that cannabis is both a much more potent drug … Continue reading The War on Drugs is a War on Consciousness: in answer to Julian Brazier

Legal Highs vs Natural Highs

It often happens that there’s a confluence of stories which seem to illustrate the same point. Last week (21/09/’13) there was a story about legal highs in the Daily Mail. Karen Audino had released a picture of her son, Jimmy Guichard, 20, from Gravesend in Kent, who lay dying after suffering a heart attack and severe brain damage within hours of taking a legal substance from the controversial shop, UK Skunkworks, in Chatham, also in Kent. This is one of a number of UK Skunkworks shops in the South of England, which sell drug paraphernalia as well as legal highs. … Continue reading Legal Highs vs Natural Highs