A report by a group of prominent academics and government advisers has backed schmoo on the run's long standing proposals to change the law to allow the state to grow and deal cannabis for recreational use .... because the most dangerous thing about cannabis is cannabis prohibition.
"The damage done by prohibition is worse than from the substance itself," says Amanda Feilding, founder of the Beckley Foundation which brought together the 'commission' of experts who contributed to the report.
Unfortunately the Beckley Foundation seems to think that selling weak weed will stop people growing and dealing skunk on the black market - this is utterly naive. The only way to protect people's health is to legalise all forms of cannabis. Once natural but still strong strains of cannabis such as Nepalese Temple Balls, Acapulco Gold, Panama Red, Durban Poison etc are available, no one will want 'skunk' any more. These natural strains do not have the same bad 'psychosis' side effects as 'skunk', which is a product of prohibition.
The Beckley commission's ideas will be aired in March at a meeting in Vienna, Austria, of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs. The UNCND will report to a meeting of the UN general assembly later this year that will set international policy on drug control for the decade to come.