I wasn't going to reply to this in the slightest cause it is just so OT
The only issue with the current drug laws is the abitrary nature of
their creation which has lead to the hyprocritical scenario we face
where I can go to a public place (the pub), sit down and drink 2 bottles
of Tequila (destroying my brain and liver) and smoke 400 Marlboro
(destroying my lungs and the lungs of those around me) yet I cannot
anywhere bake myself a cannabis laced cake and eat it (at least not
legally and it is questionable what if any harm would some to me other
than the fact that my mental state will be temporarily altered:-) If
we criminalised alcohol and tobacco (and maybe some more common drugs
like caffeine, not that I could come close to bearing that) then at
least our laws would be consistent. The argument of cannabis as a
gateway drug is moot, as the only reason it is ever claimed as such is
because people try it before they try heroin, cocaine etc. The
"evidence" of cannabis as a gateway drug is due to 2 facts, firstly
alcohol is legal so no-one says anything about alcohol being a gateway
drug (how many drug users started with something other than alcohol,
tobacco or caffeine?) and secondly cannabis is illegal, and any contact
with cannabis is at best an indirect connection to drug lords whose
interest is in making as much money as possible, and that is not
achieved through cannabis.
We all know why the ar$ehole$ in government choose to leave this issue
alone, it is a vote loser unless and until there is a serious, full,
frank, open and intelligent debate coupled with a nationwide educational
policy on the future of drugs in Irish society. We need to address
alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, ecstasy, heroin, valium etc. and decide a
long term consistent strategy based on rational understanding. The
current politicians have chosen to follow "the war on drugs" mentality
which implies that any form of education beyond "drugs are bad" is
frowned upon as potentially encouraging the use of drugs.
Ian says that he doesn't want "some arsehole in government" to make
decisions on his behalf, but unfortunately this is exactly what is going
to happen always because no body of people are ever going to choose to
allow shops sell heroin to 5 year olds, the lines have to be drawn
somewhere. The key is to get the politicians to make decisions based
on the good of the country and not the good of their (and their parties)
quotas at the next election.
To be honest though, however passsionate I am about this issue, it pails
into insignificance when compared to the concern I have about issues
which would be completely on-topic for this mailing list such as:
International IP law, especially the recognition of the US Patent Office
as a credible entity and software patents as a priciple.
Always Delayed Slightly Longer and non skinny-band internet access in
Government spending on Free Software.
Copyright Fair Use
Monopolistic corruption of the technology market
And god only knows how many more I could list, but this mail is too long
> The point is that its up to the individual themselves and not some
> arsehole in government making decisions on behalf of me. Im well
> capable of making up my own mind on such issues.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: "John P. Looney" <john at antefacto.com>
> Date: Thu, 18 Oct 2001 10:42:10 +0100
> To: social at linux.ie> Subject: Re: [ILUG-Social] Legalise.
>>>> On Thu, Oct 18, 2001 at 05:13:02PM +0800, ianhowe mentioned:
>>>>> I feel its time now that little owl Ireland started to grow up and
>>> legalising Cannabis. I'm sick to my teeth defending this drug and
>>> see no
>>> harm in its use. What do yis think?
>>>> If it'll kill off smokers sooner, all the better. Just not around me.
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