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If America’s running up the white flag on drugs how long will the madness last here?

By johnboy - 17 June 2012 54

Cracked’s Adam Tod Brown has written an excellent piece on just what is involved in getting marijuana in California these days (and a rapidly growing number of American states).

I recommend reading it, but basically if you’re willing to tell your doctor a white lie (hello ritalin and oxycontin) you can buy weed as readily as booze and cigarettes.

Which is probably as it should be.

For years we too have been waging an unwinnable conflict against the recreational choices of our own citizenry, mostly at the request of US authorities.

But if they can’t be arsed anymore why should we?

Is it time to revisit drug law reform in the ACT?

What’s Your opinion?


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54 Responses to
If America’s running up the white flag on drugs how long will the madness last here?
farnarkler 8:55 pm 17 Jun 12

There’d be some great cake shops opening up if weed was legalised. Nothing beats a piece of spacecake to get the appetite going!!!

Pork Hunt 8:33 pm 17 Jun 12

c_c said :

Legal, not legal, really couldn’t care. I just think if you need/want the stuff there’s obviously something wrong with you.

Same goes for those who smoke nicotine or drink excessively (which is to say more than a glass with dinner).

If you really need to alter your mental state and drown out reality, you’ve got issues.

If I didn’t do that I would have issues, ever heard of a mental health beer or two?

poetix 8:30 pm 17 Jun 12

c_c said :

Legal, not legal, really couldn’t care. I just think if you need/want the stuff there’s obviously something wrong with you.

Same goes for those who smoke nicotine or drink excessively (which is to say more than a glass with dinner).

If you really need to alter your mental state and drown out reality, you’ve got issues.

Drowning out reality or having a slightly different perspective on reality? Personally, I think that those who worship sobriety have ‘issues’. Often being excessively boring. But I do speak as one who often enjoys a hearty breakfast of two Panadol, grapefruit juice and a sprinkling of paranoia. So there’s obviously something wrong with me…Sips vodka, which just happens to be legal, while other indulgences are not.

Bizarre.

bigfeet 7:45 pm 17 Jun 12

The link is incorrect.

I wouldn’t mind reading the article.

cranky 7:42 pm 17 Jun 12

An olde farts view.

Having lived in countries where the grass grows into trees (about 10 ft high), the rough at the local golf course is pure grass, and the poppy fields (stunningly beautiful) extend for miles, a couple of thoughts.

We have been coerced into the US way of thinking, a result of finding a bogy after Prohibition was defeated.

The UK had no real problem with heroin at the turn of the 20th century. It was not a problem.

I have never tried these substances, but from reading, grass is less a problem than alcohol.

I will never forgive the head man of the Salvation Army for backing that twerp Howard in totally forbidding any arguement which might decrease the penalties applied to drug use.

We have been led by our political masters, but greater thought is needed. Enough of being a lap dog.

LSWCHP 7:40 pm 17 Jun 12

c_c said :

Legal, not legal, really couldn’t care. I just think if you need/want the stuff there’s obviously something wrong with you.

Same goes for those who smoke nicotine or drink excessively (which is to say more than a glass with dinner).

If you really need to alter your mental state and drown out reality, you’ve got issues.

If someone really *needs* to do that, then yeah, I agree with you. But if someone simply chooses to drink more than a glass of wine with dinner I don’t think that means they’re heading for hell in a handbasket. At least I hope not, otherwise I’m in trouble (sips a little more Birks 2008 Tempranillo).

And if that same someone also wants to spark up a little reefer every now and then (you can tell I’m old fart) then what the hell. As long as they don’t harm anybody else then I don’t give a rats.

bundah 6:40 pm 17 Jun 12

You’ve opened up a can of worms here John. Perhaps we should start by decriminalising all drugs so that we can assess the impact before we go down the path of legalisation!

c_c 6:24 pm 17 Jun 12

Legal, not legal, really couldn’t care. I just think if you need/want the stuff there’s obviously something wrong with you.

Same goes for those who smoke nicotine or drink excessively (which is to say more than a glass with dinner).

If you really need to alter your mental state and drown out reality, you’ve got issues.

Jethro 6:21 pm 17 Jun 12

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

It’s so dumb pot is not sold the same as alcohol. In fact I would say its ar safer than booze.

That’s not an opinion. It’s a fact. Study after study has shown that the long and short term impacts of cannabis on the user and society are lower than alcohol. It doesn’t mean that it’s a harmless drug; it certainly isn’t. However, something being harmful doesn’t mean it should automatically be banned. A strongly regulated system of legalisation would be a far more effective way of trying to reduce harm.

Jethro 6:19 pm 17 Jun 12

I remember hearing somewhere that ACT Labor discussed the issue of medical marijuana at a meeting sometime last year. Don’t remember where I heard it, whether or not its true, and if it is, what ever came of it.

I think it’s past time to maybe try a new approach to drugs. I’ve written extensively in the past why cannabis should be legalised, so won’t rehash it.

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 6:01 pm 17 Jun 12

It’s so dumb pot is not sold the same as alcohol. In fact I would say its ar safer than booze.

Diggety 6:01 pm 17 Jun 12

I’ll back anything that removes the Government from our individual choices, if those choices only affect the individual.

PBO 5:26 pm 17 Jun 12

peter11 said :

I can’t see the difference between alcohol and marijuana ( in terms of damage to society )

Why not sell it and tax it. You will not only get the tax but cost savings from not having to enforce.

Since we have lost our title for porn and fireworks, lets make Canberra the weed capital.

I second that, it would generate huge amounts of revenue for the government and would create a tourism boooooooom maaaan!

Our local government likes to prattle on and on about how progressive it is, well come on, be progressive and do something about it.

I will personally guarantee that you will find no marijuana pills on the school-ground and no pot-needles or used hash-enema’s littering children’s sandpits. In fact i think that we (meaning all pot smokers) all will make that promise to you, our MLA’s.

Listers_Cat 5:23 pm 17 Jun 12

Legalising weed would almost totally remove all incentive for people to smoke synthetic cannabinoids which are all readily available in the ACT (and mostly legal despite recent TGA decisions since manufacturers just come up with new blends that circumvent the law). We have no idea what the long term affect is of smoking these synthetics are. At least with marijuana we know its mostly harmless.

peter11 4:13 pm 17 Jun 12

I can’t see the difference between alcohol and marijuana ( in terms of damage to society )

Why not sell it and tax it. You will not only get the tax but cost savings from not having to enforce.

Since we have lost our title for porn and fireworks, lets make Canberra the weed capital.

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