The Science Select Committee in the United Kingdom has published their Drug Report (1.2 mb PDF). The main thrust of the report is that the current system is based on historical assumptions rather than scientific assessment. Harm reduction is the key element.
Mr Phil Willis who chairs the committee, believes the only way to get “an accurate and up to date classification system” was to “remove the link with penalties and just focus on harm”, adding that this meant social consequences as well as harm to the user. “It’s time to bring in a more systematic and scientific approach to drug classification – how can we get the message across to young people if what we are saying is not based on evidence?”
“What we’ve had is a huge societal change over that period and what we’ve seen is that putting a drug into Class A does not stop people using it at all.”
No shit that the classification system is fundamentally flawed. Select Committee’s around the world have being reporting this for a long time now. The only trouble is change is so slow to come into effect it is virtually invisible with the US leading the “War on Drugs” and all the lapdog countries following suit.
The government propaganda machine that repeats “Say No to Drugs” and “Drugs are Bad” has been repeating the same refrain for 40 year to little effect. Normal, law abiding citizens repeat these mantras, as if they are holy writ, usually without stopping to consider their own hypocritical drug use, their daily addiction to caffeine, or sugar.
So the report proposes a reinvestigation of drug law based upon the harm caused. The table below shows the relative harm (physical and social) based upon ratings from independent experts.
You can see that two of the legal drugs Alcohol and Tobacco are rated in the top ten (Both ahead of Cannabis), while LSD a Class A drug is well down at 14.
Thanks to my friend of Hermitage Place for sending this to me