Drug Classification – Spinning the truth

This morning I listened to the news on the BBC and heard Professor David Nutt say that the drug ecstasy should be downgraded from Class A to the less serious Class B as it was no where near as dangerous as other Class A drugs such as heroin and cocaine. Then I listened to a member of the current government say that this was outrageous and that this would send the wrong message to people.

“Send the wrong message” – Now what does that remind me of? Oh yes, “Spin”.

DRUGS-RELATED DEATHS 2007

It seems to me that the Blair/Brown regime has built an edifice of bullshit by continually worrying about what “message” it is sending. It seems to me that if you have a grading scheme for drugs but place everything in the top category from fear of “sending the wrong message” you undermine the whole scheme.

Having encountered drugs as a teenager I well remember the obvious falsehoods and hysteria put out by “the establishment”. This misinformation  directly contradicted our own experience and we quickly learned not to trust adult opinion on the subject.

When considering what message the government should be sending the government should simply tell the truth. Ah, but the truth. I don’t believe that Blair or Brown would recognise the truth if it stood up and kicked them in the teeth. Come to think of it the truth has kicked Brown in the teeth in the form of “No More Boom and Bust” ….oops!, ….the biggest bust since the Wall Street Crash. Yet he still hasn’t recognised it.

I guess that when it comes to the subject of drugs “the establishment” will always be TALKING BOLLOCKS.

 

 

 

 

Thanks to the BBC for the chart above and Wikipedia for the figures below.

 

Offence

Court

Class A

Class B

Class C

Possession

Magistrates

6 months / £5000 fine

3 months / £2500 fine

3 months / £500 fine

Crown

7 years / unlimited fine

5 years / unlimited fine

2 years / unlimited fine

Supply

Magistrates

6 months / £5000 fine

6 months / £5000 fine

3 months / £2000 fine

Crown

Life / unlimited fine

14 years / unlimited fine

14 years / unlimited fine

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