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OfflineCrapula
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Cannabis law sends 'wrong signal'
    #1336522 - 02/26/03 04:07 AM (14 years, 1 month ago)

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/2798285.stm


Cannabis law sends 'wrong signal'


Cannabis is to be downgraded this summer
The decision to relax UK laws on cannabis is sending out the "wrong signal" to the rest of the world, according to a UN panel responsible for drugs issues.
Home Secretary David Blunkett's decision to downgrade cannabis from a Class B to a Class C drug may also damage British people's health.

According to the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), relaxing the rules on cannabis may prompt an increase in its use.

The INCB's Nigerian president, Philip Emafo, said: "It is important that consensus prevails in international drug control.

"No government should take unilateral measures without considering the impact of its actions and ultimately the consequences for an entire system that took governments almost a century to establish."

It's quite worrying that we might end up in the next 10 or 20 years ... with our psychiatric hospitals filled with people who have problems with cannabis

Professor Ghodse
He added that young people were confused over "mixed messages" about drugs.

"On one hand you are telling them not to go to clubs and use ecstasy because it is dangerous, but on the other hand you are not doing anything about cannabis," he argued.

In a 90-page report published on Wednesday, the INCB also suggested that the policy on cannabis could lead to increased cultivation of the drug destined for the UK and "other European countries".

Last September a conference in Nairobi heard the UK's decision would "undermine the efforts of governments of African countries to counter illicit cannabis cultivation, trafficking and abuse".

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Mr Blunkett's initiative had led to "worldwide repercussions ... including confusion and widespread misunderstanding."

Critics of the government's stance say cannabis can cause cancers, heart disease and mental health problems.

Professor Ghodse, a former INCB president and in charge of studies into addictive behaviour at the University of London's St George's Hospital, said: "It's quite worrying that we might end up in the next 10 or 20 years ... with our psychiatric hospitals filled with people who have problems with cannabis.


Mr Blunkett is the home secretary
"Recreational use of cannabis is something that any government and any community should think very seriously about."

A recent study by the British Lung Foundation suggested that smoking three joints had the same impact as 20 cigarettes.

But the chief executive of drugs charity DrugScope, Roger Howard, argued that control of cannabis caused "disproportionately more harm to society than the harm caused by the substance itself".

He added: "The credibility of the INCB is thrown into doubt when its criticism of the UK Government's sensible proposal to re-classify cannabis is based on dubious science and misleading conclusions."

Professor Ghodse refused to be drawn on the specific issue of cautioning people found to be in possession of cannabis.

Illegal

"The board does not dictate to the countries how to deal with penalties," he said.

"Penalties are a national issue providing they are not in violation of the conventions."

Although he welcomed Mr Blunkett's statement last July that all controlled drugs are to stay illegal.

The government will make the final moves towards downgrading the classification of cannabis later this year.

When that happens people found possessing small quantities of the drug will only be arrested in "exceptional" circumstances such as blowing smoke in a policeman's face or causing a disturbance.





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"It's quite worrying that we might end up in the next 10 or 20 years ... with our psychiatric hospitals filled with people who have problems with cannabis "

----WTF!!!! It's these kinda of stupid ass statements that really make my ass hurt. What proof do they have that legalization of cannabis will increase the number of people in the psychiatric hospitals. Millions of people already smoke it and have for years. Why aren't they in the nut house? I personally think that people who make idiotic, unfounded statements like this are the ones in need of psyciatric help in order to cure their delusions.


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Re: Cannabis law sends 'wrong signal' [Re: Crapula]
    #1336988 - 02/26/03 08:01 AM (14 years, 1 month ago)

blah blah fucking blah. what a crock of shit. my guess is that the good ole US is jerking strings in the background. they don't want pot to be considered medically because they can kiss schedule 1 goodbye.


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Re: Cannabis law sends 'wrong signal' [Re: Crapula]
    #1343179 - 02/28/03 03:57 PM (14 years, 1 month ago)

Quote:

On one hand you are telling them not to go to clubs and use ecstasy because it is dangerous, but on the other hand you are not doing anything about cannabis," he argued




Wow.. that has got to be one of most IGNORANT statements concerning and comparing any drugs that I have ever seen. That just really pisses me off so much..WTF ..

Something that stupid.. I am sure the U.S. government is behind it.


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Re: Cannabis law sends 'wrong signal' [Re: Crapula]
    #1344665 - 03/01/03 10:58 AM (14 years, 1 month ago)

Quote:

A recent study by the British Lung Foundation suggested that smoking three joints had the same impact as 20 cigarettes.



God, I love these randomly generated figures...


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Re: Cannabis law sends 'wrong signal' [Re: TinMan]
    #1348131 - 03/03/03 06:09 AM (14 years, 1 month ago)

>>God, I love these randomly generated figures...

60% of all americans love them too =)


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Re: Cannabis law sends 'wrong signal' [Re: Crapula]
    #1350725 - 03/04/03 07:49 PM (14 years, 29 days ago)

what "mixed message is this moron talking about?
what about "hey kids you can join the swim team at school and learn to dive from the high board but dont jump off the bridge" is that a mixed message?
what a fucking moron!! not to mention in charge of a country no less


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Re: Cannabis law sends 'wrong signal' [Re: Crapula]
    #1351424 - 03/05/03 04:59 AM (14 years, 29 days ago)

Did they already downgrade cannabis in the UK?



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Re: Cannabis law sends 'wrong signal' [Re: Learyfan]
    #1354765 - 03/06/03 11:55 AM (14 years, 27 days ago)

Cannabis is being downgraded from a class B to a class C in the UK some time this year. :grin:


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