Sunday, September 30, 2007

just for fun

Just for fun, let's break down the Globe and Mail story on the government's new war-on-drugs plan.

There's also a health-care cost element to suggesting to young people that using illicit drugs is OK, the minister said.

"The fact of the matter is they're unhealthy," Mr. Clement said.

"They create poor health outcomes."

Well, we're not doing an outright ban on tobacco, fat, sugar, sedentary lifestyles, alcohol, etc. so I assume that Mr. Clement means that illicit drugs are unusually unhealthy because... err... well, because they're illegal, so there's no way to track down and punish people who cut them with dangerous substances like, say, rat poison. Solution? Make them more illegal!

"We're going to be into a different world and take tackling these issues very seriously because (of) the impact on the health and safety of our kids."

Ah, yes. The children. They need to be kept safe from the criminals who deal drugs! They're criminals because they deal drugs, whether or not they're doing anything that's actually endangering our children... and the gang violence! Yes, the gang violence... funded by the inflated prices of drugs caused by making them illegal.

Hmm.

Mr. Clement said treatment and prevention programs were his key priorities for the health element of the drug strategy.

"Yes, there's a justice issue to that," he said.

"But there's also a treatment issue, there's also a prevention issue."

Look, I think that there are a lot of drug users in this country who need help, but preventing and treating drug use through stricter bans is like controlling excessive drinking in the 1920s by continuing prohibition - it doesn't work... in fact, it does the opposite.

To his credit, it sounds like Clement did say at one point that he was in favour of safe-use sites for drug users... as far as policies within prohibition go, I think this is a relatively positive one, but the fact is that if Canada's government wants to help drug users, protect children and fight organized crime, stricter laws against drugs is the absolute last policy they should be considering.

4 comments:

jim bender said...

Clements' decision to pursue, arrest and prosecute people for addiction is stunned.But then again, did we expect anything smart from this guy??
We should be arresting the makers of Joe Loius' for poisoning our kids with their bad food, and maybe we should arrest people that eat too many raspberries.(diahhrea is a serious medical concern)
What about arresting diabetics for eating too much sugar? Hell, they cost us tons of money(ambulance rides when they go into a diabetic coma)and they throw their "fits" everywhere.
Hey, what about arresting crooked tories who fudged their campaign advertising records????
Arresting pot smokers is easy..too easy, but then again, the police want those easy jobs...instead of solving serious things like child rape, internet crimes, big business rip offs and murders, robberies etc...
The list goes on and on.
If I was a cop, I'd love the less dangerous job of arresting pot heads.
Awesome, lets' get all the addicts off the streets. This should be expanded to anyone who uses too much of anything, is addicted to anything, and speaks against the ruling CONS.
Orwell would be proud of these fuggers!

Gerry Nicholls said...

This further proves my point about Prime Minister Harper's plan to create what I call a "Red Reform Party".

To satisfy the Reform-style populists and so cons, Harper is getting tough on crime and in this case drugs; to appease the Red Tories and Liberals he is moving to the Left on fiscal issues.

zolton said...

Wow Jim your my hero!
Good artical too Janet.

Janet said...

Jim - you're right. If we're going to outlaw one thing for everyone's own good, then we should be outlawing everything that could be bad for us, or letting people make their own decisions about what to do with their own body... otherwise the government appears hypocritical and that just makes other laws (including ones that actually protect people) easy to write off.