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Want A High-Head For Czech Republic

There are nations which are uptight concerning the use of drugs, and there is the Czech Republic which desires people to enjoy themselves and live it up. Under new regulations those in the Czech Republic will be allowed to possess up to 15 grams of marijuana or 1.5 grams of heroin without facing any criminal charges. At best anyone possessing these amounts might receive a warning but there is no jail time involved. In theory, the Czech government was attempting to be in step with other members of the European Union, but they have become among the most liberal in terms of drug use in Europe.

What does this mean? Nothing much, in reality. People will always gain access to drugs in one way or another, but allowing them to possess a few grams means that jails will not be as crowded. Drug laws invariably make drug lords wealthy and the police unhealthy since they have to devote time and resources to fighting a losing war.

Senior British Police Officer Urges End To Drug Laws

Richard Brunstrom, Chief Constable of North Wales, issued a powerful report which claims the war on drugs has failed and it is time to explore other alternatives. “If policy on drugs is in future,” he writes, “to be pragmatic, not moralistic, driven by ethics, not dogma, then the current prohibitionist stance will have to be swept away as both unworkable and immoral, to be replaced with an evidence based unified system (including tobacco and alcohol) aimed at minimisation of harms to society.” He notes in his statement, a report from the Chief Medical Officer of Wales who found in 2004 that 13,000 died from tobacco use, 2,052 died from alcohol and only 356 died from use of illegal drugs.

The war on drugs has failed just at Prohibition in the 1920s failed. One can only wonder how advocates of current drug laws would explain to a visiting Martian anthropologist why an array of drugs like Prozac are perfectly OK as are alcohol and tobacco, but other drugs are not. Our drugs laws make absolutely no sense and only serve to create a drug culture which produces violence and corruption. It is amazing how society fails to learn anything from the Prohibition era. Brunstrom, like most police officers, understands the current drug laws, at best, result in arresting minor players while those making millions live in peace and will never see the inside of a jail. Of the current 2,000,000 people in jails in America, one-third are there due to violation of drug laws. How does society benefit from such figures?