I watch, listen & read about issues on drug law, esp. in Aotearoa/NZ & recently I wondered ‘what is the biggest LIE/piece of misinfo. in the WAR on Drugs ?’;
‘That the War is achieving its stated outcomes !’ This is just total bullshit.. unless your stated outcome is; Black-market, Corruption & Gangsters etc.
In 1920s (‘roaring twenties’) USA they learned all this with Alcohol prohibition.. its nothing new, what I & others are saying, BUT the definition of INSANITY is to repeat something over & expect a different outcome. This is precisely what they are doing though !
The only explanation I can see; that there are a section of society who rely on ‘DRUG Prohibition’ for their lifestyle & wellbeing. I choose to call them.. ‘The Prohibition Industry‘ They know precisely what the laws are doing, but they say things like (as said recently by a current NZ minister)
“The benefits of decriminalising or legalising cannabis do not outweigh the harm it causes,” Mrs T said.
OR does she mean the harm ‘prohibition causes’ ?
The main problem these LIARS face is that other OECD countries now allow ‘regulated cannabis’ & they are plainly seeing;
1) lower arrests, only people supplying youth OR driving high
2) financial costs; many $millions are spent on policing the prohibition & it achieves almost no reduction. In fact the use rates in countries that maintain prohibition, (eg NZ) have higher use rates, reported by UN
3) licensed grower/suppliers (taxed), paying annual license fee; diverted to Education, treatment for those who do have negative effects from use.
4) take it from the gangs etc. reduce ‘organised CRIME’ & corrupt ‘officials’ (massive underworld)
SO; why are we still putting up with this B-S.. because too many kiwis vote for the right-wing party who support STATUS QUO
The other big lie is; ‘that you can’t separate medicinal (cannabis) & recreational use of MARIJUANA’ (they even use the slang word in the med-use context): ‘Medical marijuana’ is almost anathema to I&I