Debate on Royal Commission on drugs

Lord Norton

My Question for Short Debate, ‘To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to establishing a Royal Commission on the law governing drug use and possession’, has been scheduled for next Wednesday (9 March).  It takes place for one hour, starting at about 7.30 p.m.   Readers are very welcome to suggest points I should cover.

262 comments for “Debate on Royal Commission on drugs

  1. andria77
    18/03/2011 at 12:52 pm

    His prohibitionist days might be numbered…Is it possible he? she doesn’t deserve this much attention from dignified social activists such as ourselves? Or (dare I ask) is it possible that this person is one of us set up to show how foolish there arguments are?
    Well one can Live in Hope after many years of shooting up dope!

  2. 19/03/2011 at 10:47 am

    Id like to add the following to what jason said.

    Butcombeman “Cannabis causes more harm than all drugs but tobacco & alcohol. The proportions of personal & social harm from any drug is dependent on not just their individual potential for harm but prevalence. Cannabis is the third most prevalent and the most used illegal drug”

    this statement point out the ludicrousness of your argument on so many levels.

    firstly cannabis is the thirdly most used drug in the UK but it kills 0 people

    alcohol and tobacco kill about 150 000 between them a year.

    if prohibition is about reducing the amount of damage done to society, which it claims to be. EVEN if cannabis did the third largest amount of damage to our society – why are the top two legal?

    its is senseless.

    “The proportions of personal & social harm from any drug is dependent on not just their individual potential for harm but prevalence”

    i agree – but i think you have missed your own point entirely – as individual potential of cannabis to harm is very very tiny in comparison with alcohol, tobacco, prescription medication and poor diet/inactivity.

    so its potential to harm on a wide scale is also minimal in comparrions

    its opinions such as yours which makes it illegal for me to consume medicine which Helps me live a much better quality of life.

    and if its evidence your after – there’s PLENTY on the beneficial effects of cannabis on MS.


    • Ed
      19/03/2011 at 4:30 pm

      Clark even more disgusting is the notion that based on his own personal misinformed beliefs, he has the right to keep you from your medicine. He can choose not to use it if he wishes, but is nothing more than sheer pig headed arrogance to believe you should live in pain and discomfort to conform with his twisted and naive ideals.

  3. james
    20/03/2011 at 1:22 pm

    hi’ i’d just like to say im 17 yrs old and i used think cannabis is harmful and can kill you.i soon reallised, after doing my own research, cannabis has never killed anyone and compared to tobacco and alcohol is pretty much safe in my eyes. this makes me feel like the government has brainwashed me and many millions of people out there. it just makes me have no faith in the whole government systems and the people in it.

    • Ed
      20/03/2011 at 3:11 pm

      One of the problems with the current policy is that it has no basis in science or evidence. Cannabis is illegal based on personal ideals and prejudice, backed up with fear of tabloid reprisal.

      Of course the government cannot admit to that, so they need some false claim of harm (which does not justify prohibition anyway) in order to make their laws seem less oppressive.

      The downside to all of this is that it brings government policy and the law into considerable disrepute.

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