i just got this interesting email from an organisation called LEAP...
LAW ENFORCEMENT AGAINST PROHIBITION...
yes AGAINST...very interesting....
the following is the full content...
Call to regulate synthetic cannabis
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) Australia is calling
on all State and Territory Governments to STOP and look at the
mistakes of the past century before condemning law enforcement
agencies to another futile battle in stopping the trade in another prohibited substance...
Moves are underway around the Australia to legislate against synthetic cannabis;
one of its common names is „Kronic‟.
History has proven that there are numerous problems with the prohibition of drugs,
take alcohol prohibition in America in the 1920‟s as an example.
So what is synthetic cannabis? The first fact is that it is not an organic or natural product.
It is simply weeds (of unknown origin) that have been laced with a synthetic cannabinoid;
a compound that mimics the behaviour of THC, the active compound in cannabis that gets
the consumer stoned.
The synthetic compound has even been linked to a multi-national pharmaceutical company.
What is so bad about synthetic cannabis? If we want to put distorted morals first,
then any person who freely chooses to consume a psycho active substance should be
looked down upon and punished (unless that person is consuming alcohol), even if their
actions do not affect anyone else. But if we want to look at the scientific proof of the danger
of synthetic cannabis, the evidence is only anecdotal.
LEAP Australia believes that all mind altering, psycho active, psychopharmaceutical,
or psychotropic drugs should be regulated. What is occurring with synthetic cannabis
at the moment is the perfect opportunity for policy makers to use evidence instead of
emotion to reduce the harms that prohibition creates.
LEAP Australia believes that what matters with any drug is that access to it is controlled
by authorities not by a black market. You only benefit society by regulating products, you
reduce access to it, you can manage any harm the drug creates, you take away the allure
for youth, and you reduce and possibly eliminate the crime associated with their trade.
Finally, the revenues gained by taxation would more than exceed the health costs to assist
people negatively affected by the substance.
17 June 2011 was the 40th Anniversary of the phrase “War on Drugs”.
Since then over one trillion dollars has been spent trying to win the “War”.
It is estimated that organised crime is making $350 billion per annum globally
out of the trade in prohibited drugs.
All the statistics show that the “War” will never be won. The frustrating part of this “War”
is that we can turn it into a revenue earner for governments, reduce the impacts on every
sector of society and reduce the effects on the abusers.
A recent document from the Global Commission on Drug Policy, contributed to by LEAP Australia
Patron, the Hon. Michael Kirby; former prime ministers and presidents; former secretary general of
the United Nations, Kofi Annan; and, identities like Richard Branson, reported into bringing more
effective control over the illicit drug market.
Even former American President Jimmy Carter has recently called for a change in drug policy.
Politicians have enough scientific evidence available to them in this „information age‟ to
make decisions that are based on fact and proof, not on popularity, emotion and distorted morals.
It is time to start returning tax revenues to improve society instead of wasting it on a war that
will never be won and is negatively impacting on all of us.
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