HOW TO LEGALISE DRUGS
There are many ways to legalise drugs.You often hear that a nation cannot legalise drugs on its own.That is not true, in fact, it’s quite the opposite.What is impossible, and will continue to be so for decades is for countries to agree to legalise them.Here is my proposal:
I.- MISSION:THAT ANY STATE WISHING TO LEGALISE ALL DRUGS DO SO WITHIN ONE YEAR.
II.- GENERAL OBJECTIVE (WHAT WE SHOULD HOPE TO ACHIEVE):PROMOTE DRUG CULTURE.
III.- SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES (WHAT SHOULD BE ACHIEVED IN PARTICULAR):
1.- Drug trafficking should not be classed as an offence or disciplinary penalty.
2.- Those imprisoned for drug trafficking should be released.
3.- There should be ongoing training on drug culture for everyone, including children and of course on drug-taking culture.
4.- The growing, production, distribution, manufacture and sale of all types of drugs should be encouraged.
5.- Drug tourism should be helped as much as possible, encouraging foreign tourists to visit us, from all ways of understanding life, to come to the country to take drugs.
II.- ADDITIONAL OBJECTIVES (WHAT WOULD BE DESIRABLE TO ACHIEVE):
Small effects can bring about major changes, things change when they are observed and changes of context can help to resolve conflicts.The following objectives have yet to be seen, but I intuit that they will be achieved because of the great awareness which would be brought about by having a great drug culture:
1.- Greater awareness of the use of motor vehicles (don’t drive tired, annoyed, under the effects of alcohol and other drugs, adapt speed to the state of the road, don’t take your eyes off the road…).
2.- Greater awareness of the dangerous effects of tobacco smoking, alcoholism and vices in general.
3.- Greater awareness of the importance of a healthy diet, of the harmful effects of eating disorders, of what is being eaten.
4.- Greater personal, family and social awareness of the illnesses which may or may not be associated to drug consumption:hepatitis, HIV and mental disorders (depression, anxiety, psychotic outbreaks, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, dual pathology…).
5.- Greater awareness of the risk factors in drug addiction:feeling alone, living alone, suffering mental disorders, indications during childhood and adolescence of a possible predisposition to addiction (great imagination, inventing friends…).
6.- Greater culture in the cure for unwanted addictions:therapy and better medicines.
7.- Greater culture in general on accidents, above all risks, especially at work.
8.- Greater awareness in adolescents of the damage caused by habitual consumption of alcohol and other drugs at their age.Perhaps drugs should only be commonly consumed after the age of 25, as the 15 to 25 age range runs the greatest risk of developing schizophrenia.And currently, it is not possible to know who is biologically predisposed to this illness.In addition, the brain, body and personality are being formed in these years.
Perhaps, in the future, with scientific progress it may be possible to say that adolescents and young people can consume some drugs habitually but currently, cannabis, the most popular illegal drug, is not advisable, at least not the female blossom nor hashish high in THCIt may be possible to consume male plants and hashish with a low THC content and high CBD content, I know nothing more about the subject and I may be wrong.
V.- OPERATIONAL OBJECTIVES (HOW TO ACHIEVE THE ABOVE OBJECTIVES, HOW TO LEGALISE DRUGS):
1.- A formal statement from the maximum state authority.It must be brief and clear.In short, it must say that from now on the State will call on all sectors to promote drug culture, drug-taking culture and help to attract drug tourism, tourists in search of drugs, to the nation.And explain what steps the State is going to take.
2.- Eliminate the offence of drug-trafficking from the Criminal Code and while this is being processed, grant pardons to all those condemned for this offence, within one month all such prisoners should be freed.Prisoners should not have to wait and their families should cease to suffer.
3.- Send a pleasant letter to the Government of the USA and the European Union.In short, telling them that the State is going to denounce the International Conventions on drugs of 1961, 1971 and 1988. That they don’t need to worry, that we know what we are doing, that this is not an experiment, it is a deep reflection on “what should be done”.If the USA or a European Union member state should answer rudely, pointing an authoritarian finger, we should simply reply that we hope relations with them will be good and that they “should be careful about closing a door to us, because a million windows will open”, and “be careful, if things get dirty, we will win”.
4.- Denounce the International Conventions on drugs.According to these Conventions if a State wants to come out of the agreement, it must send a letter to the Secretary General of the UN and wait for six months or one year, it’s that easy (articles 46.2, 29.2 and 30.2 of the International Conventions of 1961, 1971 and 1988 respectively).
5.- Send a pleasant letter to every nation in the world announcing our plans and taking the opportunity to invite their inhabitants to visit our country for a “free drug tasting” which they will love.They should also be reassured by telling them that everything will be done to ensure that our country will not export drugs to their people since their governments do not want them.
6.- Encourage the creativity of everyone in drug production and sales, in all sectors:natural, chemical drugs, new drugs, alcohol, soft drinks, gastronomy, sweets containing drugs, street sellers… there are no limits to creativity.
7.- Request help from all the experts against drug prohibition so they can give information and ideas on drug culture.In Spain there are many magnificent experts, in other countries too, and it would be useful to invite them so we can hear their ideas.
All objectives of a certain nature must be capable of evaluation over time so that results, progress and backward steps can be observed.Periods must be set which, when met will reveal the achievement or failure of the objectives.
VI.- MISTAKES TO AVOID:
Legislation should not be done fearfully, for example by not legalising certain drugs which are or will be enjoyed by certain people.Nor must production and sales be limited to certain people and places.If drugs are legalised hesitantly, there will be no drug culture and people will continue to go to prison for trafficking.
Finally it should be mentioned that this is an article written for all the States in the world, for their leaders, to encourage them to legalise drugs.On 15th July every year I will publish an article on the political and legal aspects of drugs.The next article for 2008 will be addressed to nations, to people, so that they “will legalise” drugs themselves even if that is contrary to what their leaders want.And I shall have a good time expressing my ideas.
Enrique Fornes Angeles (Law graduate), unpublished text written in July 2007.