Poison Deviny

What the incidents have in common is drugs. On the one hand we have criminals - whether bikie gangs or middle eastern crime gangs - fighting a turf war for the lucrative illegal drugs market. On the other hand we have those unfortunate victims of the drugs market, both the users suffering a psychotic breakdown in which they become a danger to the public, and the police who have to risk their lives to stop them.

Into the middle of this social disaster, rides the drug legalisation crowd, to make everything much worse.

Pushed along by St Vincent’s Hospital’s irrepressible Dr Alex Wodak, along with such luminaries as our new Foreign Minister Bob Carr, a think tank called Australia 21 released a report this month urging politicians to decriminalise illegal drugs because the war on drugs has been a failure.

The problem is not that the war on drugs has failed it is that we have surrendered our first line of defence to the criminals.

If drugs were legalised these gangs wouldn’t have customers (who would buy drugs illegally when you can buy them without risk of arrest and not have to worry about rat poison? If we made them here they’d cost less than the illegal kind which would be a much needed boost to our manufacturing sector)and thus no reason to war over territory in which to sell or a reason to take out competition. Legalisation would make the government money through taxation rather than cost it billions as the “war on drugs” has done for more loss than gain, because as Portugal shows drug decriminalisation leads to less addicts.

The Gillard government is quite happy to intervene and regulate to a ridiculous extent practices that are legal and less harmful such as smoking, drinking and gambling.

Yet when it comes to illicit drugs, they’re all softly softly, turn a blind eye and get the law out of it.

You can become physically dependent on tobacco and alcohol but it has been proven that the only addiction possible with marijuana is psychological. When considering cheapness and duration of effects the costs of a poker machine addiction are much worse. You can can overdose on hard liquor but doing so with marijuana is impossible. It’s as carcinogenic as cigarettes (only if you smoke it), the only link to schizophrenia is that it is often used as a medication by sufferers and like alcohol you really have to be abusing the stuff for it to have an affecton your memory. So why should we cater to Miranda’s minority when by legalizing it we can cut crime by eliminating a need for it’s illegal sale, the taxing of it would be a great source of government funds and the practices of illegal growth which attribute to harmful effects would be eliminated through regulation?
Classic Miranda: “Against recent triumphal announcements that the war on drugs has been a failure, and that drugs have won, stands Sweden. Once the most permissive country in the world when it came to illicit drugs, Sweden learned the folly of its policy as intravenous drug use grew exponentially in the 1960s.”
Here’s a counter example: “In 2001, Portugal became the first European country to abolish all criminal penalties for personal drug possession. In addition, drug users were to be targeted with therapy rather than prison sentences. Research commissioned by the Cato Institute and led by Glenn Greenwald found that in the five years after the start of decriminalisation, illegal drug use by teenagers had declined, the rate of HIV infections among drug users had dropped, deaths related to heroin and similar drugs had been cut by more than half, and the number of people seeking treatment for drug addiction had doubled.” - http://www.cato.org/pubs/wtpapers/greenwald_whitepaper.pdf