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Published on 8 December 2010  by encod

EU READY TO END DRUG PROHIBITION

PRESS RELEASE

ON THE PUBLIC HEARING ON DRUG REFORM AND CANNABIS REGULATION, A WAY OUT OF THE CRISIS?

See a video registration of the hearing here



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BRUSSELS - The European Union will not block any initiative of EU Member States to start the legal regulation of cannabis and other currently illegal drugs. This was repeatedly stated by Dana Spinant, the new Coordinator of the European Commissions Anti-Drugs Unit, at a Public Hearing on Drug Policies in the European Parliament today.

The hearing was organised by Member of European Parliament Michael Tremopoulos (Greens, Greece) and ENCOD, a coalition of citizens for drug policy reform. It brought together the expertise of representatives of civil society -among others leading Spanish activist for legal cannabis Martin Barriuso, spokesman of the Union of Dutch Coffeeshops Marc Josemans, and Richard Cowan, former director of NORML, USA’s largest reform organisation. Members of European Parliament Rui Tavares (GUE/NGL, Portugal) and Dennis de Jong (GUE/NGL, Netherlands) also spoke at the event.

Marisa Felicissimo (Encod), Dana Spinant (European Commission), Michael Tremopoulos (MEP) and Marc Josemans (LOC)

The hearing considered the financial implications of decriminalisation of drugs and regulation of cannabis for public expenditure. Based on an extrapolation on data provided by the EMCDDA the total amount that could be generated by a combination of measures could be estimated between 35 and 60 billion euro/year, or between 70 and 120 euro/year for each of the 500 million people who reside in the European Union.

In March 2009, the European Commission published the results of a research report ("Report on Global Illicit Drug Markets 1998 – 2007", edited by Peter Reuter and Franz Trautmann) which conclude that prohibitionist policies are failing in their main objective, which is to reduce the demand and supply of illicit drugs. The report even stated that these policies might be a crucial factor in generating and increasing harm to individual drug consumers, their direct surroundings and society at large.

"Drug prohibition is a blessing for organised crime", said Dennis de Jong, Dutch Member of the European Parliament for the Socialistische Partij (SP). "My own government unfortunately is now moving towards more repression on the coffeeshops. In stead of the more reasonable approach towards regulation, the authorities now want to ban foreign visitors by installing membership cards, which will only increase the illegal market".

The testimonies of Barriuso, Cowan and Josemans made clear that legal regulation of cannabis is taking place in several parts of the world and has produces satisfactory results. Decriminalisation of drug use as has taken place in the Netherlands and Portugal does not lead to increased use, but to safer conditions for drug consumers, and more efficient approaches in law enforcement. The same goes for Spain: "In the Basque country, the Cannabis Social Club model, a form of collective cultivation of cannabis for personal use, has been recognised by authorities and proves to be a very succesfull approach that is not questioned", explained Martín Barriuso.

Martín Barriuso and Dana Spinant

On the hearing Encod called on the European Commission to evaluate the costs of drug prohibition in terms of public spending and the benefits that alternative policies could generate. But Dana Spinant made clear that the Commission has no competence to take any initiatives for opening the debate on drug reform. "The responsibility lies entirely with the EU Member States, it is there where you should address yourself", she said.

Dana Spinant, Michael Tremopoulos and Marc Josemans

Dana Spinant and Martín Barriuso

Dennis de Jong and Richard Cowan

Rui Tavares

Joep Oomen

Photo: Derrick Bergman / G0NZ0 Media




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  • EU READY TO END DRUG PROHIBITION 9 December 2010 20:02, by peter dubovsky
    yes thats a good idea

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    • EU READY TO END DRUG PROHIBITION 26 January 2011 17:25
      I’m guessing that you all smoke cannabis then? Although you a make a fair argument, there is a reason that it has been banned for this amount of time. There ARE downsides, it is a known fact that cannabis is a ’gateway drug’. People after a period of time will become desensitized to its effects and so search for a bigger and better ’high’. Not to mention the fact that making it a legal substance is just asking for the underage population who may have never tried it to go out and get it just as easily as alcohol.

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      • EU READY TO END DRUG PROHIBITION 27 January 2011 10:21, by encod
        If health problems caused by the consumption of a substance would be the reason to ban it, then why are alcohol and tobacco still legal? The ’gateway’ theory has been falsified long ago: for instance in the Netherlands, where adults have had easy access to cannabis for personal use since the end of the 1970s, heroin use is significantly lower (and first use age significantly higher) than in neighbouring countries. Waht’s more: if you wish to diminish the availability for minors, you will have to regulate the market for adults. Joep

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      • EU READY TO END DRUG PROHIBITION 3 February 2011 13:59, by Seán
        Gateway drug? Scientifically no one chemical has EVER lead onto another chemical. What gateway drug theory? Clearly it’s dealers who introduce new drugs to users. The gateway theory is the most ignorant theory of them all in the prohibitionist debate.

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        • EU READY TO END DRUG PROHIBITION 4 February 2011 00:03
          I’d say its more likely that its prohibition links it to other illegal drugs and thats how it becomes a ’gateway drug’. If it was legal/socially acceptable that link might not be so strong.

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        • EU READY TO END DRUG PROHIBITION 6 May 2013 19:25, by AL Collins
          True! "Gateway drug" is another term made up by those who simply do not understand the word R-E-S-P-O-N-S-I-B-L-E. It seems people who takes responsibility for their own actions,are about extinct. Everything has to be a "gateway" or "enabled" BULL! I had a friend in High School who tried it, said it was amusing & offered me some. I tried it & enjoyed it. We both smoked for a while, then moved on with our lives. He went into mortgage banking & retired at 45. I went into finance & am retired at 59. Why doesn’t anyone ever talk about the positive marijuana stories? If we had got into heroin, robbed stores & mugged little old ladies, we’d be "classic examples of marijuana users" or some such nonsense. Since it obviously had no adverse effects on our lives, stories like this are quickly swept under the table. Who wants to hear positive outcomes involving marijuana use? ::gasp::

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      • EU READY TO END DRUG PROHIBITION 10 February 2011 16:46
        Tobacco & alcohol are gateway drugs not cannabis, I doubt I’d of ever smoked cannabis if it wasn’t for the fact I was a tobacco smoker beforehand, I’ve since quit tobacco but still happily enjoy just cannabis, I have a very addictive nature but have never felt compelled to ever do anything but cannabis, come back when your head isn’t up your arse, thanks. J.

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        • EU READY TO END DRUG PROHIBITION 28 March 2011 02:10
          the gate is not the drug but the personality type.

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          • EU READY TO END DRUG PROHIBITION 6 April 2011 05:05
            thanks yoda. But yeah - gateway theory is basically a lame ass attempt to play the correlation/coincidence card... does drinking say...bacardi breezer or smirnoff ice lead into a life of alcoholisim and gambling....or does drinking milk lead to cancer? I know a few people who got cancer...they all drank milk btw...oh wait...again...same mistake coincidence doesn’t imply correlation...the gateway drug theory is as lame as a leper. I’m smoking weed 4 years now - I practically cut smoking out - down from a pack a day to 1-2. I’ve never touched coke or heroin or had thoughts about it - its foolish...’nuff said - pills don’t interest me the slightest....this is a pretty ineffective gateway drug :/ and I’ve a pretty impulsive personality and still...not a penny to it. Weed Regulation = Happier Society :) and more money for the f*cked economy :D

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      • EU READY TO END DRUG PROHIBITION 11 February 2011 14:21, by matthew
        where do i start my friend? Cannabis is not a "gateway drug" any more than alcohol. I have been smoking cannabis for 25 years and never have felt the need to try anything else. and to your second point. Under current laws in most EU countries cannabis is not a regulated market meaning the only age verification you need is a 20euro note. If cannabis were to be regulated chilren would find it much harder to purchase. Have you ever seen how strict they are in dutch coffee shops or LA dispenseries? The FACT is that cannabis has a symbiotic relationship with humans and many other organisms. It has been used since the beginning of human records (china 3000bc) only in the last 75yrs has it been illegal. I wonder why? No gov has the right to ban a plant. It is essentially saying god was wrong!

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      • EU READY TO END DRUG PROHIBITION 11 February 2011 19:58
        I’m sorry but alcohol is the gateway drug.....FACT!!!!

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      • EU READY TO END DRUG PROHIBITION 17 February 2011 19:22
        @26th january 17.25 are you an idiot?!gateway drug?so i started drinking milk okay, does that mean its a gateway to alcohol?its a personal decision whether or not someone wants to go away and take cocaine or heroin, as it is to try cannabis!its harmless, if used in moderation!just as everything else is. ban alcohol!

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      • EU READY TO END DRUG PROHIBITION 21 February 2011 03:29, by The Irish Kush
        There is NO scientific evidence which says it is a Gateway Drug, I smoke plenty of cannabis and I don’t feel the need to touch other drugs. Alcohol is more harmful than cannabis, any underage youth can easily get their hands on alcohol or cannabis regardless of the laws. Many studies have been done by American companies funded by the goverment, their studies showed that cannabis is NOT a gateway drug, it does not increase the chances of cancers and mental illness’ http://www.moleculewear.com/420-10-...

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      • EU READY TO END DRUG PROHIBITION 23 February 2011 23:31, by truth man
        its not a gateway drug i know men in there 30s and 40s that have smoked weed since they was 15! and never tryed any think else. about 3 quaters of these people are now minted because of hard work. you sir are a victim of the media !!

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      • EU READY TO END DRUG PROHIBITION is GOOD 28 February 2011 14:14, by Kyle (New Zealand)
        Its only a gateway drug because it’s illegal, can’t you see that. I don’t smoke tobacco or drink alcohol, how does cannabis want me to go out and try harder drugs, cannabis does me fine, has for 10 years. you ideas are outdated and wrong.

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      • EU READY TO END DRUG PROHIBITION 8 March 2011 21:46
        RE: Gateway drug: I’m still waiting to get addicted to herion, I’ve been looking to take ’it’ to the next level, because having a relaxing smoke after work isint really doing it for me anymore & my guy said ’needle drugs’ was ’where it at, yo’. If you want to take shots at gateway drugs, maybe you should talk first about the legal ones. If I had never smoked a cigarette I’d don’t know how I would of developed my metamphetamine addiction. Interesting statistic: Holland (or the Netherlands) has 80% less hard drug addicts than Dublin. We’ve got basically the same climate but I cant seem to thumb down why were are so different... ...Also, its a known fact that illegal substances are easier to obtain (as a minor) than regulated substances. Do you know any drug dealers who ask for their customers age cards? ’’Not to mention the fact that making it a legal substance is just asking for the underage population who may have never tried it to go out and get it just as easily...’’ excuse me. blah blah blah.

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      • EU READY TO END DRUG PROHIBITION 23 March 2011 01:28, by john
        cannabis is not a gateway drug ive smoked it for years and have never thought of trying any stronger or different drugs! also it is as easy to get as alcohol for people of any age so it wont make any difference legalising it, it will just put more money into the government and be better for the economy!

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      • EU READY TO END DRUG PROHIBITION 23 March 2011 14:33, by Paul Donnelly
        Gateway drug common stupid thing to say do you smoke cannabis because anyone who does usually hasn’t the slightest idea of wanting to go do harder drugs the real story is as you build an immunity to it you begin to smoke more and more that’s all really having sold it myself for 3 years and smoked my fair share the only thing its a gateway to is relaxation and fun if it isn’t legal people will get it anyway no matter what laws are in place. The largest downside I can see so far is being very hungry or perhaps slightly lazy i would how you say lack the initiative to go get food so some how I don’t think i would have it in me at this stage to go find a bag of the terrible cocaine or other watered down poisonous drugs which flood the streets. the money one can make selling cannabis is fairly ridiculous i can imagine the yearly profits the government would make from taxing the stuff plus yeah less crime so why not because some foolish old people don’t like the idea of a drug that’s less dangerous than anything you can buy in a chemist impossible to overdose on cannabis small minded people cant see the larger picture.

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      • EU READY TO END DRUG PROHIBITION 23 March 2011 21:54
        absolute nonsense

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      • EU READY TO END DRUG PROHIBITION 24 March 2011 01:44, by Dee
        the only reason cannabis is a gateway drug is because when buying an illegal drug you come into contact with those that sell harder drugs. Without that link there would be no supply to the normal person of the hard drugs. there is no other drug which is similar to the feeling of cannabis consumption it is much less harmful than alcohol to the system. The only harm contained in it is the illegal market adding foreign objects to the plant to add weight to it. If it was legalised it could be monitored to prevent contamination and the government would benefit financially instead of funding organised crime as is done at present. It could be a multi-million dollar industry, look at the income that alcohol tax has brought. Also teenagers will always want what’s forbidden so keeping it illegal encourages them to use it, prohibition doesn’t work.

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      • EU READY TO END DRUG PROHIBITION 5 April 2011 06:27
        lol ok! gateway! i take it your a alcoholic, i think u will find alcohol to be stronger then cannabis would you mine alcohol banned for this long?

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      • EU READY TO END DRUG PROHIBITION 5 April 2011 23:44
        In my opinion, it is only a ’gateway drug’ because of prohibition. Where one obtains such, is in a illicit market. The gateway notion is attributed to that many other harder drugs also exist in such a market, although, not due to the pharmacological effects or properties of cannabis.

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      • EU READY TO END DRUG PROHIBITION 6 April 2011 09:37
        perhaps you should educate yourself a bit more ...it wasnt banned for health reasons it was banned because big companies ie the plastics industry wud be out of business and the pharmacutical companies cant patent it. It is now scientifically known that it kills cancer cells. Is beer a gateway drug to spirits? Thats just not a good enough argument anymore.

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      • EU READY TO END DRUG PROHIBITION 11 April 2011 01:49, by Howard
        Personally I would rather see underage smoking then underage drinking. Underage drinking causes countless problems both socially and economically eg violence and vandalism. You dont smoke weed and cause trouble, you relax, enjoy the finer things in life and most of all you are not aggressive and a danger to the public. As for a "Gateway Drug" total and utter bullshit. I no people who would have been taking coke for years and have never had a joint or tried it and didnt like it. People have the choice weather they want to take drugs or not. Its in our nature to be curious. So if your going to take it your going take it weather your offered a joint, a line of coke or extacy pills. Anyway alcohol is a much more dangerous drug. Countless killed for drunken attacks, accidents and drink driving. I could ramble on forever about its dangers... The whole gateway drug notion is a scape goat by the government as they as stuck in there old mind set. Prohibition ring any bells? Let me no how that works out.

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      • EU READY TO END DRUG PROHIBITION 12 April 2011 23:50
        I’m assuming you don’t smoke cannabis then? I love the condensation in your tone, it comes through even when typing. Yes, cannabis will put you in situations where you will come in contact with harder drugs, but that’s is mainly because cannabis is piled in with all the harder drugs under this stupid umbrella legislation. So people that deal cannabis will usually deal something else to make ends meet. you don’t have to buy it. people have to wake up and take responsibility for their actions, it’s not the government place to regulate what you can and cannot consume because it’s potentially bad for you. Most of the recorded drug deaths, aside from the obvious heroine/ crack/ meth instances, are usually caused by people mixing alcohol with drugs, which is a big no no, or getting cut drugs off some scumbag. I personally smoke cannabis and I take harder drugs too but that was a personal choice, and no my life is not in tatters i live in a beautiful house, hold down a good job and relationship. There seems to be this mentality that if you ever touch off any of these illegal substances then you’ll immediately end up living out of a cardboard box and lose any intellect you previously had. I think it’s pure ignorance and it’s the same kind of ignorance/ arguments you get off creationists. They should be made legal, give people the right to make their own decision. As for the underage thing (THINK OF THE CHILDREN!) I could buy smoke when I was 14 easier than I could get drink cos DEALERS DON’T CARE WHAT AGE YOU ARE... and theres dealers everywhere.

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      • EU READY TO END DRUG PROHIBITION 13 April 2011 00:44
        are you serious if cannabis was legal there would be a lot more pros than cons one you say that it is a gate way drug lies many people who turned to to harder drugs are more likely to be under the influence of alcohol so alcohol is a gate way drug and thats sold legally. and so can young people not buy it now anyway who ever wants it is going to get it some how why would you not want consumption of something been used in everyday life of half the people in the world to be regulated if every country legalized cannabis there would be huge profit margins along with a decrease in crime for drugs possession of personal use and it would also take some money out of the illicit market. can you answer this question would you rather to see a scum drug dealer probably into alot more crimes making a profit or the government to use the money wisely and regulate it the way it is now is clearly never going to stop there is cannabis going around with contaminants that are more harmful than any illegal drug if it was regulated it could be grown by people who know how to do it and it will be clean and less harmful for human consumption if something can grow from a ground it should not be that harmful. if you looked at some of the cases of people been harmed from cannabis in all these statistcs i wonder how many of them were normal in the first place the only people who end up been a statistic are the ones who have problems already it would suprise people to do a statistic on the amount of cannabis users that have never felt side affects or any harm

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      • EU READY TO END DRUG PROHIBITION 13 April 2011 09:20
        I disagree. If it is regulated it would most definitely make it harder for kids to get. When I was younger and using it was ten times harder to buy tobacco to mix with the has then it was to get the cannabis itself. Legalization is the way to go I believe.

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      • EU READY TO END DRUG PROHIBITION 13 April 2011 22:44, by tokedesmoke
        just to say this, its easier to get drugs than alcohol in most countries these days as a minor!

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      • EU READY TO END DRUG PROHIBITION 14 April 2011 18:23, by Sue
        Hi there, As a woman of 41 i smoke cannabis every day, i have m.s. and it takes away all my pain, so nobody has the right to stop me smoking it, i do not agree that its a gateway.as ive being smoking it for years and never had the urge to try something else, anyway its a weed and it god’s nature, not something made in a room and god only knows what there mixing in it, so i say legalise it please.

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      • EU READY TO END DRUG PROHIBITION 15 April 2011 13:20
        the under age kids are getting it anyway illegally. by legalising it will put a stop to the gangesters that at the moment mixing it with crushed glass /sand/and chemical sprays that are poisining them now legalise it regulate it stop the profits going to the gangs.

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      • EU READY TO END DRUG PROHIBITION 16 April 2011 22:51, by skott
        i smoke cannabis and my first introduction to drugs was seeing people drink alcohol and smoke nicotine. Cannabis isnt a gate way its the legal drugs that are the gate way. Also people have been smoking cannabis for thousands of years and there are just as many strains now so i dont think that people will become desensitised. Alcohol is far worse than cannabis and so is nicotine.

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      • EU READY TO END DRUG PROHIBITION 20 April 2011 17:16, by bk2bk
        have you ever smoked it then how do you no it is a gate way drug i who have smoked it for 11 years now and never had a problem with panoria or going on to diffrent drugs i no planty more people that is the same, if that was the case all the duche people would be mad and that would be the 1st place the eu would shut down sorry.

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      • EU READY TO END DRUG PROHIBITION 23 April 2011 22:22, by mary jane
        alcohal is proven to be worse for your health. weed is called "a gateway drug" because someone who has access to weed will be able to get other drugs fairly easlie. nobody in history has ever died from using weed thousands die every year from alcohal poisoning. all drugs are verry verry easy to get. if you want to get high you will. be legilising drugs you eliminate dangerous impuritys suchs as pottasium syianide (sorry about the spelling) which is a verry potent poison. you also elimintae criminal gangs highist income genarater, which will drasticly cut down murder rates. you can also put laws in place which prevent children from getting there hands on these. soft drinks are bad for you, would you except if your government decided tomorrow people arent aloud drink them? nobody has the right to tell anybody else what they can and cannot take into there body.

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      • EU READY TO END DRUG PROHIBITION 16 June 2011 13:03
        Alcohole is a lot worse than cannabis, for mind and personality. I smoked everyday since i was 13 and im in my third year of physics, just got a first in my exams and i smoked while studying, and as long as your educated about other drugs before taking them, they can be beneficial too :P oh and it’s easier to get illegal substances than alcohole !!!! when under age, drug dealers dont ask for ID’s :P

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      • EU READY TO END DRUG PROHIBITION 4 August 2012 19:39, by unknown
        cannabis cannot be gateaway drug for a reason. you are talking about building up tollerance of cannabis. but that is easy to avoid by providing different type of strains. And knowing that not every strain got the same ammount of cannabinoids. and there is around 50 different type of cannabinoids that got different effects on the human body. so by changeing strains you avoid building up atollerance and with that insted of jumping from cannabis to some other drugs you would be changeing stains and be satisfied. hope you understand my thought

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      • EU READY TO END DRUG PROHIBITION 17 April 2013 04:17
        Its already way easier to get weed than alcohol, since its not regulated, and just gets picked off a plant and dried out people sell it every were. There is no age limit. You can get it in school, or were ever. there is always someone who is selling it. to get alcohol i had to find someone that was 21 and would be willing to risk getting in trouble, witch did not happen too often. if i want some weed i could just walk down the street and ask a few people were its at. 20 minutes later I get a choice of what kind I want, its too easy. Something needs to be done... Think about it the only people who benefit from it being banned are the people selling it or any party making money in any way off of the prohibition. A new drug dealer is born every day. THINK.... gotta take your own advice look at both sides of the problem. the positive HEAVILY outweigh the negatives If you do your homework.

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      • EU READY TO END DRUG PROHIBITION 25 July 2013 02:06, by mile
        Gateway drug you say? I guess "only" 25 years of using cannabis was not enough. I don’t even use harder drugs like alcohol or nicotine. Your "facts" are merely a beliefs.

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  • EU READY TO END DRUG PROHIBITION 9 December 2010 23:18, by AnonYMouse
    Some common sense, finally. Perhaps economic reasons will be the fuel for the seemingly inevitable cannabis legalisation.

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  • EU READY TO END DRUG PROHIBITION 14 December 2010 14:19, by Piel
    This is important as a crucial part in the making of changes in drug policy. Cannabis is not without dangers/side effects but these are much smaller than with alchohol and tobacco. Decriminalization, and in the future legalisation, will save us all money and discrimination.

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    • EU READY TO END DRUG PROHIBITION 24 December 2010 17:16
      What "dangers and side effects?" Aren’t you in fact just spouting so-called medical establishement propaganda?

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      • EU READY TO END DRUG PROHIBITION 11 January 2011 08:09, by X
        Everything has dangers and side effects. Many people has obsessions and habits they cant control. Example someone try to get sth else from cannabis than it can give. In beginning it would be kind of small shock for people. Inexperienced people some of them maybe use too much before realize what cannabis is. People who use now would get quality and less toxics as illegal hash. Decriminalize is big step to right way.

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        • EU READY TO END DRUG PROHIBITION 16 January 2011 15:11, by SIDUPAC!
          the study that became the foundation of the claim that marajuanna kills brain cells was proven by Dr Heathe. Dr heathe ’proved’ that Cannabis kills brain cells by pumping 63 pure columbian strength joints into monkeys through a gas-mask for 5 minutes. This then lead to brain damage... "4 minutes without oxygen, brain damage may result" st johns ambulance first aid guide. Its obviously a con for those who don’t wish to start asking questions. There has never been a death related to Cannabis. If any drug is illegal it should ONLY be illegal to PROTECT people from harming themselves. You need to smoke the weight of 7 full grown men in cannabis IN 15 MINUTES to overdose. Heroine is rightfully illegal as You only need a spoon-full to DIE from it. If TOBACCO is GARANTEED to harm you and ALCOHOL is GARANTEED to lower the control you have over your body.. then why is Cannabis... the ’drug’ that has never killed anyone, has many medical uses, and may be the answer to the depression (by legally selling it in shops like alcohol to fund EDUCATION SCHEMES for example) considered so DANGEROUS? Every time a new person high up in science tries to step forward to let people know that cannabis isn’t bad like everyone thinks and that it is THE least harmful drug out of ALL drugs including the LEGAL BUT EXTREMELY DANGEROUS alcohol and tobacco...... THEY LOSE THEIR JOB.

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          • EU READY TO END DRUG PROHIBITION 11 February 2011 19:37, by Sovereign
            well said. hit the nail on the head. hemp got a bad going over b the proghaganda machine, and it will take years for the real truth to be known by most of the public. hemp could save the planet, its a crime that it has being withheld for so long

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          • EU READY TO END DRUG PROHIBITION 4 March 2011 01:11
            well said!!! lets hope they wake up!!!

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          • EU READY TO END DRUG PROHIBITION 12 April 2011 21:15, by MJC
            I have 2 bros and 2 sisters all dead from alcohol/tobacco. My GP got me addicted to codiene then cut me off. I had 2 mths of torture going cold turkey from them monsters. The one thing that helped me afterwards was re-introducing marijuana to my life. Legalising medidal marijuana in California has saved the economy of that state. Full production resourses are already in place to supply all of Europe http://www.bedrocaninternational.co...

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        • EU READY TO END DRUG PROHIBITION 19 March 2011 21:56
          your a complete fool. Sorry you dont believe in the freedom of choice. Please stop holding the world back. Thanks

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      • EU READY TO END DRUG PROHIBITION 6 May 2013 19:12, by AL Collins
        Frankly, the only way there could be "dangers" from moderate marijuana use is if you are looking at it from the view point of a Twinkie.

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  • EU READY TO END DRUG PROHIBITION 22 February 2011 21:51, by free radical
    Here here! Prohibition must fall! Being opposed to prohibition does not mean being in favor of drug use. Legalizing a drug makes it less cool, and therefore less attractive to kids and teens. Basically, they only want to do it if it will anger their parents and teachers. Holland’s experience shows this, they have only a fraction of the teen pot use that we do. Go EU! Do it! End it! Legalize! Save lives!

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  • EU READY TO END DRUG PROHIBITION 7 March 2011 12:04, by Globalweed Smokersday
    Everyday they sit around talking is another tax giving millions of euros to non-tax paying criminals, the war on drugs is the problem, regulation and taxation is the solution. Prohibition of alcohol funded americas organised crime in the early 20th century, the prohibition of drugs is funding them now along with criminal gangs all over the world. We need to take it from them and let responsible, regulated business take over, it would create millions of much needed jobs along with going someway to helping us pay of national debts. This ridiculous situation needs to end now, they’ve been talking for too long, governments job is to use our taxes to provide healthcare, education and an infrastructure so the rest of us productive people can get on with their lives and create wealth, it’s not the states job to tell us what we can and cannot consume.

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  • EU READY TO END DRUG PROHIBITION 6 April 2011 06:02, by Herr President?
    Ah, EU is gone broke and today, all of the sudden, very conveniently, wants to start selling what they yesterday were referring to as Rape Drugs, Death Drugs and on and on. So who is responsible for jailing millions of people for nothing? Who is going to repay them and their families for countless destroyed lives during the decades of Made in U$A war on drugs? When are they going to be on trial for committing crime again human rights?

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  • EU READY TO END DRUG PROHIBITION 16 April 2011 23:00, by skott
    At last...... The E.U. has to recommend to all countries to seriously reconsider their own drug laws. Too many people whether innocent or guilty are dying on our streets because of prohibition, cartels and dodgy politicians and corrupt police. we need to decriminilise cannabis as soon as possible. Cannabis is a culture of many. We need to regulate,tax and be stringent with this just like alcohol. Free up jails and allow the police to catch the murders and peado’s and generate possibly billions from cannabis. It may not bring us out of reccession but its a damn good helping hand.

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