Experts: Decriminalize Drugs—All of Them
Canadian group argues that current policies are ineffective
By Kevin Spak, Newser User | Suggested by Ghille
Posted May 23, 2013 5:37 PM CDT
Possessing any of these ought to be legal in Canada, a new report argues.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A coalition of Canadian drug policy experts is calling on the country to decriminalize the use of drugs—not just, say, marijuana or other "soft drugs," but all drugs. Thanks to a "stunning display of unimaginative thinking," Canada has been cracking down on drug users, which has done nothing to hamper the flow of illegal drugs into the country, writes the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition. Instead, the strategy has only made it harder to treat addicts, the National Post reports.

The group says the underground marijuana industry alone is a $357 million annual business in British Columbia, and the government could take advantage by regulating and taxing it. The group also wants the government to provide clean needles and pipes for drug users who need them. Canada wouldn't be the first to try these sorts of measures, the experts note; the Czech Republic decriminalized all drugs in 2010. The result? Drug use remained essentially flat, and the social costs usually associated with drug use softened, says the CDPC. The group is run out of the Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addiction, notes Raw Story.

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salsabueno
May 28, 2013 10:12 AM CDT
funny (but not really) how alcohol is conspicuously transparent in any discussion about drugs. "yeh, i'll take a half-pint o' gin and..... a bottle o' tonic..... been a tough day, i gotta get something to kill this euphoria!" why alcohol is legal is beyond me..... btw i am an addict in recovery from several years of severe chronic pain management....... in the 350+ meetings i attended in my first year, alcohol was, at least 98% of the time, THE gateway to moving on to other substances. Alcohol is a drug. Not important why it might NOT be, and that's why it's legal, etc. Alcoholics are drug addicts. The segregation in treatment programs is a very negative force. If, after an intake period of any substance there are adverse results upon cessation of said intake, THAT is the one-way, irreversible point where true addiction as a disease has begun.... or is at least the singular point where it becomes an observable condition. Yes, there are MANY people who can use more substances for a longer time than others and not (yet) become sick when stopping use. Society is not receptive to facts such as these, and a big part of that is people cling to the "moral" aspect. A burn victim who has no other choice than opiates to handle pain ends up in the exact same position as a heroin addict, and is treated in the same manner in rehab. Why should he/she be forced to seek a sponsor and work steps aimed at character? Legalize drugs across the board? I'm all for it. The fair alternative to me would be to outlaw alcohol..... equal opportunity, eh? Imagine the consequences.
hempangle
May 27, 2013 7:30 AM CDT
Some of us think drugs should be wiped out.I don't have a right to say no one can do them.Nobody has appointed me god of the land.Some of us live to arrest people for using drugs and don't even loose any sleep over doing so.Doctors say that if you are on a prescription drug your not a drug addict.This is BS.Any thing that alters the mind in anyway is a drug. Passing judgement on people who are doing drugs and thinking your not doing drugs is BS.If we don't think that the USA isn't on drugs than why do we have cities with populations of 50 thousand have 17 drug stores
ron1950
May 25, 2013 2:48 PM CDT
like a lot of people I think that drugs should be wiped out but the only thing that is getting wiped out is my tax money trying to stop and a lot of honest people that sell thier souls for a kickback. So leagalize it.... mexico would love us that would get rid of thier drug lordsl and would get rid of a lot of money the gangs in the USA are making. It is like proabition we could not stop that. Just use the money we get by taxing and not spending on trying to stop them and use it to show people what drugs can do to you show the lady with no teeth or the man living in the gutter. I believe right now anyone could ask a few people and would be able to get drugs