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Legal Cannabis May Ease Crisis


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The rules have changed, the game is still the same. Reviewing our drug policy is no longer a battle between drug users and politicians. Ireland's cocaine problem is expensive, and costly in terms of the lives of young, healthy, intelligent people.

Up until now, legalisation of marijuana wasn't a very important issue. It wasn't bothering a significant portion of the population. Organised crime was confined to ganglands, hard drugs were very much in the background, our drug policy wasn't on anyone's agenda.

Now we must ask the question, do we want to continue to introduce our children to drug dealers who sell cocaine through the vehicle of marijuana, a drug dwarfed by the harmful effects of both our legal and illegal drugs, or can we, as a country, finally face the prejudices we have maintained against cannabis and cannabis users?

Besides nipping the growth of hard drugs in the bud, benefits include crippling organised crime, unclogging the court system and opening up the doors for medicinal marijuana. That's not counting the unbelievable number of uses of the hemp plant ( food, fuel, paper, clothing and sealing resin ).

Legalisation doesn't have to be like the Netherlands. Consider a policy similar to Spain where marijuana can be grown and consumed in the privacy of one's home, but it cannot be bought or sold. Hard drug usage in these countries are among the lowest in Europe.

Source: Sunday Independant
Copyright:2007 Independent Newspaper Ltd
Contact: sunday.letters@independent.ie
Website: News from Ireland & Worldwide - Independent.ie


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This brings to mind a trend I have noticed over theyears.

Drug testing!
Since MJ stays in your system so long I have found that hard working folks that use to enjoy MJ are now turning to Other drugs since they don't stay in your system as long.
It's a sad thang Too.
Almost like the Powers that Be want People to use harder drugs ...
Thangs that Make ya' Go Hmmmmmm???!!??
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