On Drug Policy, Europe Shows Us the Money—and It’s Ugly

The goal of balanced drug policy was revealed to be more rhetoric than reality with the release of the first set of national profiles on drug-related public expenditure by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA).

The profiles detail drug-related government expenditures in 30 European countries, finding that on average, spending on law enforcement and public safety greatly outpaced spending on health. Even in countries that position themselves as pioneers of harm reduction and drug treatment, the accounting shows how much policing and punishment are still the priority in Europe’s approach to drugs. In the UK for example, spending on public order and safety was 61 percent of the total drug budget—compared to only 13 percent on health. Belgium reported spending 62 percent of its drug budget on law enforcement, but less than one percent on harm reduction services. Sweden reportedly spent less than a single percent of its budget on harm reduction. Some countries like Austria, Poland, and Romania haven’t even bothered to report figures on their national drug strategies.

As numerous Open Society Foundations partners have detailed in the “Count the Costs” campaigns in Eurasia and Western Europe alike, the drug war is exacting a terrible toll in terms of prisoners taken, productivity destroyed, and people stigmatized and criminalized. The EMCDDA’s summary helps to show the link between these outcomes and national budgets that emphasize too many arrests, too little treatment and counseling, and not enough access to clean needles. Law enforcement will always be part of a balanced approach, but it must not be disproportionately prioritized over support for health-based interventions that can stop HIV infection and help drug users make positive change. Health services not only work better than prisons in many instances, but are cheaper.  

For the many countries looking to the EU for pragmatic leadership in drug strategy, this money trail leads to an ugly conclusion: the “punish and control” model is alive and well. European countries have ample evidence that health approaches to drug problems work. Now, they need to fund them.

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Really, in fact the policy is criminal.

In short, the allegations of "harm" by which Cannabis has been prohibited are, by disinterested scientific scrutiny, not substantiated: the "harm" has been competently , comprehensively and consistently dismissed. The allegations are naught by figments. The unfounded "law" has always been false; the Prohibition is an ongoing fraud; all Cannabis related prosecutions of citizens are malicious.

Currently, to use the term "drug" to describe cannabis is not simply untruthful, but worse, it is the premeditated adoption of an unconscionable Prohibitionist tactic of semantic abuse. This devious ploy deliberately associates mild, benign cannabis with potentially dangerous, addictive substances, drugs - of which alcohol is one such - to make cannabis appear to be something harmful, which the official empirical researches confirm is not.

Cannabis - The Benign Medical Herb

The official Empirical Studies into actual use of cannabis conclude:

1) use of Cannabis has no adverse effect upon mental or physical health: Cannabis is harmless, it even improves the mental and physical health;

2) use of Cannabis does not cause any impairment to mental and physical abilities: Cannabis is safe, it even enhances these herein named abilities;

3) modern Medical Case Histories show Cannabis to have numerous beneficial results to health: Cannabis is benign, it even cures from cancer and prevents one from other diseases.

These people's acquiescence to Prohibition is flagitious and fatal. Dishounourable self-interest produces their duplicity. They evade the guilt of their position which encourages governments Prohibition, by which the Owners and politicians cause suffering, incarceration, deaths and ecological disasters.

However, to consent to any measure is to share responsibility for its results.

The "law" is not simply "wrong"; it is the subterfuge of criminals. People's intentions , guilty or innocent, are tested by their stance: if individuals be selfish and dishonest, or money-motivated, predictably, they do not support Relegalisation; but the honest person supports RESTORATION.

In this sense, have a nice day.

U nas ochen jestoko -kaldiy den provitelstvo-Azerbaijana narushaet pravocheloveka i svoboda slova, Zapod (ES, ) publikuet-chto odin shaq k demokratii blizilsa.

The biggest Hippocratic truth is that governments world wide worry about what the individual does with their own bodies but continues to fund extractive industries.

Forced anti-psychotic drugs cause more suffering and misery then any illegal drug out there. Anti-psychotic drugs create obesity and chronic feelings of illness.

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