Tuesday, 27 January 2009

New Labour State Reclassifies Cannabis

It seems the New-Labour State has, in the face of it’s own advisors best advice, decided to reclassify cannabis as a class b drug.

Given that this decision is not based on the merits of the case, especially as having it de classified saw a 4% drop in its use, the immediate question that arises is, “What is their agenda?”

Interestingly, they effectively plan to record a persons details on the first “offence” and fine them on the second “offence”.

I don’t know what the percentage of the UK population is that at some time has tried cannabis but I suspect it is very significant. I would imagine thousands of essentially law abiding otherwise non criminal users are detected by the police every year.

To give an idea of the numbers, when surveyed 10% of people asked actually admitted they had used an illegal drug in the past year, that is around 3,100,000 people. Given that many of the repondants may not have admitted using drugs and that the majority of drug use involves cannabis that is a huge pool of potential cannabis users.

One effect of these new rules is likely to be a massive increase in the number and rate of additions to the New Labour State’s disguised National DNA Database.

Another effect is likely to be a considerable increase in revenue for the State in the form of fixed penalty or so-called “on the spot” fines.

Could either of these considerations influenced a cash strapped government anxious to push through a massively unpopular national DNA database?

Then there is the matter of pretending to be ”tough on crime and tough on the causes of crime”…

5 comments:

Crushed said...

You need to also bear in mind that many people if asked 'Do you ever use drugs?' will tacitly not include Cannabis. The law treats it as drugs, but most people of my generation regards drugs as being chemical. Cannabis is seen more as something that is illegal, but not really a drug as such. Because it doesn't bear any ressemblance in any way to the rest of the stuff seen as drugs.
A good many people will smoke pot quite often but will still not see themselves as drug users.

sarang said...
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Phil A said...

Sarang, Spammers like you get deleted. don't wast both our time, gos somewhere else.

Crushed. A very valid point.

I suspect cannabis use is so prevelant that it the State can only stamp it out with truly draconinan measures.

Hence my point about this being more a revenue raising and DNA collecting excersise.

Wolfie said...

It also allows the state to accumulate a box full of Damocles swords which they can dangle over people who need to be kept in line. Having a criminal record of any sort is already becoming a regular impediment to many seemingly innocuous professional positions.

Phil A said...

Wolfie, Surely that would simply prevent anyone caught from getting such a job, rather than something that can be brought up later, given that many jobs and even charitable work require a criminal records check these days.

I can only see this spreading to more jobs, after all McDonalds staff interact with children...