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Decriminalisation and Partial / Medical Legalisation
Monday 14 Aug 2000
So-called legal drugs such as alcohol and tobacco are only really legal in a
limited way. Their use is allowed in certain situations such as at home or in
licensed premises, and can be banned from public or private places.
Alcohol and tobacco can only be sold legally from licensed premises. Law
limits home production. This is why we do not advocate treating cannabis as we
do alcohol and tobacco. Cannabis is a completely different type of substance.
It is not a toxin and one cannot overdose. The controls applied to alcohol and
tobacco are not needed for cannabis.
Although wishing to see cannabis available on prescription for ill people, we
do not wish to see this as the only available source of cannabis. For a start,
such a situation may well encourage vast numbers of people to visit their
doctor who does not normally see them often. Legalising cannabis in this way
would increase the number of 'sick' people in the country, statistically,
which may reflect poorly on legalisation. Some substances only available on
prescription are illegal to possess unless obtained by prescription. Such
substances are not fully legal; they are not free.
Drugs such as aspirin, which is highly dangerous, are available in a variety
of outlets. Other dangerous substances are available from the corner shop
(glue), garage (oils), and over the counter at chemists (cough mixture). There
is no reason to limit the outlets of cannabis at all.
From The Report of the FCDA, Europe:
"The proposal of some people for 'partial' exemption from the
Prohibition in order to make cannabis limitedly available only as a curative
medicament, ostensibly has its origin in the emotional response of sympathetic
human beings to the needs of the seriously ill or moribund patients. 'Partial'
legalisation, however, on evaluation, is an impulsive idea - the reaction of
the heart, not the head - and implausible on the very health grounds on which
it purports to be based. To try to 'legalise' cannabis for but one of the two
groups of people (that is for the already-sick) is inimically discriminatory,
as it leaves the other group, who comprise the huge majority, condemned to
inevitable worsening of their good health, as described, until they too fall
prey to disease and early death. Those catastrophic results to health now
widespread in populations, produced directly by the Prohibition of
Preventative Cannabis, would be mitigated or avoided entirely by the
Preventative protection of a Relegalised cultivation, trade and general
availability. Complete Relegalisation of Cannabis provides the healthy
population with the pleasant and safe relaxant to use both as Preventative
Medicine and to reduce consumption of the malady-causing alcohol and tobacco.
At the same time, relegalisation makes cannabis available to patients and the
medical profession, as curative medicine of recommendation and advice, if not
prescription. Thus, the aims of the 'partial' legalisation lobby are
simultaneously achieved, without ignoring the equally deserving needs of those
of the population whose health requirement for cannabis is prophylaxis, or to
replace partially or totally noxious alcohol and tobacco. Certainly cannabis
is effective therapeutically and curatively 'in a wide variety of illnesses
and disorders, and if cannabis had always remained available as a recreational
substance of legal choice, those cancers which are tobacco-induced could in a
great many, theoretically even all, cases have been completely avoided, i.e.
prevented. Those individual men and women, the Prohibitionists, who are
responsible for the instigation and perpetuation of the fraudulent
Prohibition, are instrumental in and culpable for premature deaths. Indeed,
studies into these artificial products, i.e. 'concentrates '/THC, including
sections of La Guardia research, record diametrically opposed results from
those clinical studies into natural cannabis. For example, doses of lab-THC
can cause nausea and headache, two of the many adverse conditions for which
the resinous herb in its natural form is renowned as cure."
"Herbal cannabis in natural forms would yield little profit to the
pharmaceutical corporations, whilst eliminating some, perhaps in the longer
term much more, of the use of their patent drugs."
"Another ludicrous prevarication proposed by pharmaceutical
representatives is the irrelevant argument that each of the many, mostly
commonly occurring chemical constituents in the natural herb, be isolated and
tested for their potentials before legally re-allowing cannabis for 'medical'
or 'general' use, if at all."
CANNABIS: LEGALISE AND UTILISE
A MANIFESTO AND INFORMATION DOCUMENT 2000
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