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Change The Drug Laws? Learn From Holland’s Big Mistake!

Posted in Britain, Children, England, Europe, Germany, Government, Health, Mafia, Modern World, Police, Teens, UK, USA with tags , , , , , , , , on 03/06/2011 by floroy1942

A selection of celebrities, politicians and policemen among others have called for the legalisation of some drugs, and the decriminalisation of many others. This they have done in an open letter to the Prime Minister David Cameron, giving as their reason that the current drugs policy is not working. Well, I have news for these silly people, your plan isn’t going to work either!

Dutch Coffee Shop 'Menu'

I lived in Holland for over thirty years, and in 2004 the dutch government legalised the so-called ‘soft drugs’, for pretty much the same reasons put forward by the likes of Dame Judi Dench, Sting and Sir Richard Branson among others today. They have been trying to turn the clock back ever since!

After the law was passed it was possible to legally obtain cannabis etc in a coffee shop and have a ‘joint’ with your coffee. Cafe’s opened by the hundred all over the country, but mainly in the north (Amsterdam) and in the south (Maastricht).

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Once the word had spread, Holland became swamped in ‘drug tourists’ who came to the country from all over, turning it into the drug capitol of Europe. Attempts had been made by the government to restrict sale of the drugs to Dutch citizens, but that doesn’t work.

It Often Leads To Something More Dangerous

After some time the experiment was seen to be badly flawed, and for the last decade or more the government has desperately been trying to get back to how things were, but once the floodgates have been opened……..

So to be honest, I can find no sympathy with the views of these people when they say that significant harm has been caused by the use of criminal law regarding drug possession. These people claim in their letter: “This policy is costly for taxpayers and damaging for communities,” adding; “Criminalising people who use drugs leads to greater social exclusion and stigmatisation making it much more difficult for them to gain employment and to play a productive role in society. It creates a society full of wasted resources.” 

Sir Richard: Legalise Drugs!

So Sir Richard, let me put this scenario to you: You wish to decriminalize drug use, which means there will be no criminal record of drug use for a given individual. Does this mean you will accept drug addicts as pilots for your airline? Your plan means that when the applicant comes for interview you will not be able to tell if he is a drug user, and of course he will say no when asked will he not?

Chief Constable Lloyd, Let me put this to you: Do you allow drug addicts to enlist in the police force? If your answer is no, then how will you know if an applicant uses drugs if he has no criminal record?

Have Fun! You'll Pay For It Later!

Last year a total of 80,000 people ended up with a criminal record for drug possession, and in the last decade more than a million individuals have received the same.

It is true, many people do suffer when they have a record, and yes, they do find it hard to find employment, but they need to think of that before they commit the offence.

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I have always been of the opinion that people only turn to drugs because they lack the essential strength of character and moral fibre necessary to deal with life today. Its an escape from reality, and as for the teenagers who want to ‘get the buzz’ while out on a Saturday night, is that the only way they can enjoy themselves? If so I feel sorry for them!

Want A Responsible Job?

But lets look at the other side of the coin for a moment. If you are a prospective employer is it not in your interests, and those of your company, to know if someone is a drug user? Or maybe you are of the opinion that drug users are just misunderstood individuals, and are really as trustworthy and hardworking as anyone else?

What this ‘new approach’ is advocating is the introduction of a fine for drug possession instead of a criminal record so where is the deterrent in that?

One of the arguments put foward is that the fight against criminal elements in the drug trade have not been very successful, and this is true. But surely that is more a question of cooperations between nations, governments and police forces, for that is what is missing in the war against these people. Given sufficient cooperation, the police forces and military can take care of these people and put them out of business, but currently we see gangs protected by members of the police and government in some latin countries for example.

Legalising drugs will not stop crime:

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Drug Gangs Getting Rich Peddling Pain And Misery

The courts are also partly to blame, mainly for leaving the assets of the big men intact, so its ‘business as usual’ while they are ‘inside’ for a short while. Courts should be tracking down all assets of the drug gangs and taking it away from them so they cannot continue business.

It is without doubt a sad situation, and even more so for the millions of kids who’s lives will be ruined in the future by drugs. For me, the answer lies in dealing a death blow to the drug cartels once and for all, and this can only be achieved with international cooperation. Will it ever happen, I doubt it!.

Roy.

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