comments to make to this sham of a consultation
What role do you think schools could play in better educating our young people
about drugs? Have you heard of FRANK? Take a look at www.talktofrank.co.uk and
tell us, do you think the messages about the highs and lows of drug use are right?
Schools can do very little, perhaps delaying age of first use but that's about
it. Young people need the law to protect them by properly regulating and controlling
the drug trade, this is impossible under the current regime. Talk to Frank is
an attempt to use advertising techniques to promote government policy and it's
information is compromised by the need to promote the policy of prohibition. This
sort of window dressing is no substitute for an effective policy of proper control
We also know that drugs are major source of concern for parents - what more can
we do to help parents, guardians and carers talk to their children and families
about drugs? And what support should be available if family members get caught
up in drugs?
Legalise, control and regulate the market and thus close down the street dealers.
Your drug policy is the cause of the concern parents have - as well as being the
real cause of so much of the violence was see around us today. Children are the
collateral damage caused by your policy of prohibition - protect the children
by ending this madness
Did you know that the police have the power to confiscate drug dealers' houses,
cash, cars and valuable possessions? Did you also know that the police can close
drug dens within 24 hours? The police rely on communities for intelligence, what
more can be done to help communities and their local police service work together?
Do the police and local communities have all the legal powers they need to tackle
Yes I do know all of this, but this situation only exists because prohibition
has created it. End prohibition and end the problem, we don't need new police
powers, we need an end to the cause of the problem which is the present drugs
strategy of prohibition.
The Government is committed to helping drug users build drug-free lives. Treatment,
housing, employment and education are all vital. What more do you think Government,
local services, the voluntary sector, private business and others can do to help
people stay drug free?
That is a daft commitment. If someone wants to use drugs then why try to force
them to stop? Educate and discourage yes, but trying to enforce abstinence is
utterly pointless. If people insist on using drugs make it safe for them to do
so, let them make their own way in the lives and stop trying to force them to
be healthy. Regulate the supply, ensure its crime free and clean - that should
be your aim, indeed it's you duty. The only role for enforcement should be against
anti social behaviour, measures similar to being drunk and disorderly, driving
under the influence etc etc should be applied to all drug use. If people want
to quietly get hammered that's fine by me and is not the business of government
to prevent it. Drugs can create addicts, but it takes prohibition to create junkies.
What information and action would reassure you that drug dealing and other drug-related
nuisances were being tackled where you live?
Legalisation is the only option. I want drugs to be sold in licensed regulated
venues by licensed and regulated - accountable - dealers. I want to know that
these dealers and venues are properly regulated to ensure they are run as orderly
houses (as with pubs). I want to know that you are imposing and enforcing proper
restrictions on the trade such as age limits, but also proper weights and measures,
standards of hygiene and so on. I want to know that drug dealers are informed
about the products they sell, that doses are properly regulated etc etc. I do
not want to live in a state of civil war as you seem to be proposing. If drugs
are dangerous, treat them as if they are dangerous with proper regulation instead
of pushing the trade down dark alleys and into the hands of organised crime as
you have done thus far.
The Government remains concerned that drugs can look glamorous to young people.
What more can we do to challenge this? Do you think we could do more through role
models, including those from peer groups? How can we get more young people involved
in challenging the drugs culture?
Legalise them, ban advertising etc etc. Make them an adult pastime instead of
pushing them underground and into the hands of street dealers who will by their
nature target kids. Ban all advertising and branding other than at point of sale
- and that includes alcohol. Being honest about drugs is something the government
is well understood not to be.
The Government is concerned about skunk and stronger strains of cannabis, because
of the reported serious mental health effects they can have. The Government is
therefore consulting on whether to make cannabis a Class B drug (it is currently
Class C) which could mean tougher penalties. What are your views? Do you think
this will help?
Advising on drug policy is a job for the ACMD, not an unrepresentative survey
like this, why is this question in here? Are you intending to form policy on the
back of media scare stories and uninformed opinion? It sure looks like it. The
cannabis policy is in a mess and reclassification will do nothing to improve it.
It will produce an unworkable law leading to even more contempt than many people
have already. Control and regulate cannabis so consumers know what they're getting
and enforce age limits on sales. Stop playing to the gutter press media in this
pathetic and sickening way. If cannabis has become stronger - or do you mean more
potent with less CBD content? - this has happened as a response to the prohibition
policy of the past few decades. A major problem with cannabis these days is contamination,
micro glass beads and so on. This may be a public health problem which you have
failed to address, please do so urgently. The issue of illegal farms, child exploitation
etc etc is also a result of your policy. Cannabis may be dangerous for some people,
but it is far too established in our culture to try to fight a war against. Legalisation
should have happened years ago, this latest move is sickening. Please stop following
the USA in its insane drug war and protect our people from the violence and illegal
economy it's produced.