How can we get past endless, polarized arguments about drugs which are often based on faulty reasoning and begin working towards creating policies which foster healthy communities?
“Having cut down our sister species ' the Neanderthals and the Denisovan ' many generations ago, we're now working on our first and second cousins. By the time we're done, it's quite possible that there will be among the great apes not a single representative left, except, that is, for us.'
We admitted to ourselves, and to other human beings, the destructive nature of our consumption.
To assign to one group of drug users our moral condemnation and stigma while remaining largely silent about the majority who abuse more harmful but legal drugs is an exercise in cognitive dissonance.
The responsibility for these 35 fentanyl deaths lies with our draconian prohibition laws.
Maybe we don't understand how punishment "works", or if it works at all.
The positive health outcomes with respect to tobacco control might be applied to a regulated cannabis market.
In my last post, I suggested that there are features shared by the RCMP and the Hells Angels. Both are identifiable organizations or "gangs" which attract young people by offering excitement, camaraderie and the prospect of status and material rewards. Canada can fund its own gang several times larger than our national police force through "incentivized" … Continue reading Solutions to Crime, Part 1: Peacekeeping Canada
A lawyer practicing in Nanaimo once told me, “There’s only two gangs in town. One has a clubhouse and the other has a headquarters”. The lawyer’s views were informed by what he considered to be the group’s ability to avoid convictions for breaking the law. When I later thought about what he said, the similarities … Continue reading RCMP and Hells Angels: Not as Different as We Think!
The police should now admit that it is immoral for them to enforce the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) as it pertains to marijuana. Laws must be justified on some moral basis in order for them to be supported by the public. Without support, our police lose the moral authority to enforce cannabis laws. Over … Continue reading The Immorality of Enforcing Marijuana Laws