Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Let's talk about drugs for a minute.

Drugs are bad, m'kay?
Sure they are. We all know that. That's why we have to do anything we can to wipe their influence out on society. No penalty is too harsh if even one person is helped.
Smith upgrades cannabis to class B | Politics | guardian.co.uk
The government today defied the advice of drug experts and upgraded cannabis from class C to class B.

The home secretary, Jacqui Smith, announced a new system of escalating penalties for adults caught in possession of small amounts of the drug from early next year.

Tougher sanctions will replace the current system of police warnings, and officers will be able to arrest first-time offenders.

I mean, what do drug experts know? They study about drugs, they think about drug policy, they do experiements, they collect data, but what do they know? Just more elitist hum-buggery. "We've got degrees. You should listen to us." Put a cork in it, Tarquin.
But things have changed. This isn't the gentle harmless pot you or I remember from when we were young.
This is skunk. It has the potential to end society as we know it.
Smith upgrades cannabis to class B | Politics | guardian.co.uk
Last week, Gordon Brown warned of the "more lethal quality" of much of the cannabis now available, described it as a gateway drug, and said that the reclassification was needed to "send a message to young people that it was unacceptable".

The home secretary told the Commons today: "Reclassification reflects the fact that skunk, a much stronger type of the drug, now dominates the cannabis market."

We have to stop taking it easy on these druggies. Kids with their boom-boxes and backwards ball caps need to stop being coddled. That's why we need to step up enforcement. Our jails sit practically empty because drug-fuelled crazies are out there on every street corner hopped up on mary-jane just waiting to swarm someone and beat the hell out of him because the liberal science elites have convinced liberal activist police officers to stop enforcing the drug laws.
Thankfully, the Home Secretary isn't taking any of that crap.
Smith upgrades cannabis to class B | Politics | guardian.co.uk
Smith said that the reclassification would mean "more robust" enforcement of laws banning the supply and possession of cannabis and a new approach to tackling cannabis farms and the organised criminals behind them.

Let's face it, Labour needs to show more backbone. Otherwise they can't differentiate themselves from the Tories.
Smith upgrades cannabis to class B | Politics | guardian.co.uk
The shadow home secretary, David Davis, said that he supported the decision to upgrade the drug but he criticised Labour's indecision over its classification.

He said: "The government's lax approach to drugs is the hallmark of our broken society under Labour."

"This long-awaited U-turn has followed delay, dithering and indecision when the country cries out for leadership," he added.

Sure, the elitist and anarchistic types have their data, but fuck that. They've got a liberal bias.
Smith upgrades cannabis to class B | Politics | guardian.co.uk
[The ACMD chair, Professor Sir Michael Rawlins's] council heard evidence that the potency of homegrown herbal cannabis tended to be two and a half times that of imported resin. But they said users now often moderated their intake.

They were also told that the incidence of new schizophrenia cases reported to GPs had gone down, not up, between 1998 and 2005, indicating a weak link between increased potency and use in the past two decades and mental health problems.

Since cannabis was downgraded in 2004 the proportion of young people using it has fallen each year from 25.3% in 2003-04 to 20.9% now. Among those aged 16 to 59, the proportion over the same period has fallen from 10.8% to 8.2%, according to the British Crime Survey.

Scientists warn Smith over cannabis reclassification | Politics | The Guardian
Professor Colin Blakemore, the former head of the Medical Research Council, said that cannabis use had fallen since 2004 and restoring the drug to class B status would be unlikely to protect those people who were most vulnerable, but would increase their chance of getting a criminal record. "The confusion over cannabis highlights the need for a proper overhaul of the present classification system, which the public neither understands or respects," Blakemore said.

And the talking points descend from the ivory tower. Just makes you sick doesn't it. The scaremongering they do in the face of such an imminent, catastrophic danger.
Smith upgrades cannabis to class B | Politics | guardian.co.uk
"Cannabis use is falling, as is the incidence of psychosis. We need public
education, not public flagellation."

Who's that? It's a Liberal Democrat. If two more filthy words have been imported into British politics, I don't know them.
Why do these people want your children to be in such danger of having to give toothless, meth-mouth blowjobs behind a skip down Pigfuck Mews, just so they can roll a spliff periodically? Foreign influence from illegal aliens. I don't know. But I suspect there's a connection.
My advice? Move to some tropical island somewhere where that sort of thing is accepted and leave us to us. Filthy foreign perverts getting stoned and thinking about your kids doing indescribable things like that. We ought to call the police.
Smith is thinking about the children:
Scientists warn Smith over cannabis reclassification | Politics | The Guardian
Smith told the House of Commons yesterday that she had to take into consideration public perceptions and the pressures on policing as well as the advice of the advisory council.

"There is a compelling case to act now rather than risk the future health of young people," she said. "Where there is a clear and serious problem, but doubt about the harm that will be caused, we must err on the side of caution and protect the public. I make no apology for that I am not prepared to 'wait and see'."

Scientists warn Smith over cannabis reclassification | Politics | The Guardian
The home secretary told MPs she had accepted the 20 other recommendations made by the ACMD, including a tougher enforcement campaign against cannabis farms, a crackdown on "head shops" which sell cannabis paraphernalia, including seeds, and a renewed public health campaign.

Smith confirmed that the police approach to those under 18 found in possession of small amounts would remain unchanged. The police will continue to have the discretion to issue warnings to most adults found with small amounts of dope.

But the home secretary made it clear that she has asked the police to propose a tougher enforcement policy with escalating penalties for repeat offenders including fixed penalty fines and in cases involving aggravating factors, such as those which happen in a psychiatric hospital, a prison or a school.

Supplying the drug to children, students, psychiatric patients or prisoners will also attract harsher sentences.

Smith knows better than we do, but not in some elitist, booky way. Trust her. Do what she says. She knows how to be tough on drugs and on social issues.
Police should harass young thugs - Smith | Politics | The Guardian
Police should be harassing badly behaved youths by openly filming them and hounding them at home to make their lives as uncomfortable as possible, the home secretary will say today.

The crime initiative is part of a government strategy to win back voters by proposing more radical approaches to tackling deep seated problems.

In a speech in London the home secretary, Jacqui Smith, will acknowledge that the number of antisocial behaviour orders being issued is falling, but will argue that there has been a shift to the use of parental orders instead.

As part of the crackdown on bad behaviour, she will urge police forces across the country to follow the example of Essex police, who have mounted four-day "frame and shame" operations by filming and repeatedly stopping identified persistent offenders on problem estates.

Drugs have to end. It's the only way we can free up the resources to win the fight against the twin corrupting influence of rap and heavy metal music.

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