- #1715730TedEMemberMember since: May 6, 2006
Replies: 2244TedE March 31, 2019 at 10:55 pm
We need a roadside test for THC to enable the rapid identification of impaired drivers.
TedE - Papakura -#1715765lilith7MemberMember since: April 9, 2017
Replies: 2003lilith7 April 1, 2019 at 11:17 am
Lilith, agreed. As long as, while we are having that discussion and educating people, young and old, about addiction, we stop putting users in jail – very happy for the dealers to be jailed as long as they’re not also addicts or in thrall to the dealers – I think it’s really important to keep adventurous, immature youngsters out of the correction system.
Absolutely; the Dunedin study showed that when teens are sent to prison,then there’s a high chance they’ll continue with a life of crime, but if they can be kept out of prison, then the percentage of them becoming reasonable, non criminal adults is up in the high 90% range.#1715788Hero42MemberMember since: July 18, 2008
Replies: 11742Hero42 April 1, 2019 at 4:40 pm
We can also learn from the past.
Consider what the UK did to control drugs until the US told them to stop.
Until 1916 drug use was hardly controlled, and widely available opium and cocaine preparations were commonplace.
Between 1916 and 1928 concerns about the use of these drugs by troops on leave from the First World War and then by people associated with the London underworld gave rise to some controls being implemented.
The distribution and use of morphine and cocaine, and later cannabis, were criminalised, but these drugs were available to addicts through doctors; this arrangement became known as the “British system” and was confirmed by the report of the Departmental Committee on Morphine and Heroin Addiction (Rolleston Committee) in 1926.
The Rolleston Report was followed by “a period of nearly forty years of tranquillity in Britain, known as the Rolleston Era. During this period the medical profession regulated the distribution of licit opioid supplies and the provisions of the Dangerous Drugs Acts of 1920 and 1923 controlled illicit supplies.”
The medical treatment of dependent drug users was separated from the punishment of unregulated use and supply. This policy on drugs was maintained in Britain, and nowhere else, until the 1960s.
Under this policy drug use remained low; there was relatively little recreational use and few dependent users, who were prescribed drugs by their doctors as part of their treatment.
In 1961 the international Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs was introduced. To control global drug trading and use, it banned countries from treating addicts by prescribing illegal substances, allowing only scientific and medical uses of drugs. It was not itself binding on countries, which had to pass their own legislation.
Following pressure from the US, the UK implemented the Drugs (Regulation of Misuse) Act in 1964. Although the Convention dealt with the problems of drug production and trafficking, rather than the punishment of drug users, the 1964 Act introduced criminal penalties for possession by individuals of small amounts of drugs, as well as possession with intent to traffic or deal in drugs. The police were soon given the power to stop and search people for illegal drugs.
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