Now, certain prohibitionists like to make much – too much – of the possible impact of cannabis on mental health. This, they say, is sufficient cause to ban the drug and punish its users “for their own good”. Since it has been moved back up to class B, against expert advice, the maximum penalty for personal possession is five years’ imprisonment.
The difference in penalty is staggering, and reveals the extent of prejudice against drug use. If one already has poor mental health and is a risk to oneself or others, maximum detention is only for a year, and as a patient. If one merely increases the risk of developing schizophrenia by 40% or so, it can result in detention for five years as a criminal. Punishment simply for risking one’s own mental health is more severe than the restrictions on someone already suffering from a mental illness and at serious risk of doing harm to himself or others.
Quite, they\’re twats. Can we hang them yet?
Read the other two posts either side as well. Articulate case being made there.