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

Julian Brazier and Cannabis: who regulates the sources?

A few weeks ago our MP made a number of statements regarding the controversial retailers UK Skunkworks after a young man, Matt Ford of Whitstable, almost died from the effects of smoking one of their products. I responded by saying that while these legal highs are untested and potentially dangerous, some of our illegal drugs are relatively safe. I sent Mr Brazier a copy of the story. Here is an extract from his reply: “I am told by sources I respect that cannabis is both a much more potent drug than its namesake of the 60s and 70s and that … Continue reading Julian Brazier and Cannabis: who regulates the sources?

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