The Stages of a Legal Regulation Approach
- Gangsters shouldn’t be in charge of drug distribution – we must end prohibition
- Drugs are dangerous and need to be Legally Regulated.
- Only approved companies should produce and distribute them.
- Only recognised and approved outlets should sell them.
- Only approved legally regulated drugs should be sold.
- Individuals should not be allowed to manufacture or cultivate drugs.
- Possession of unregulated or non-approved drugs should be an offence.
- Individuals should only consume ‘approved’ regulated drugs.
- Police should be able to enter without a warrant if unregulated drug production/cultivation is suspected.
- Strict enforcement should apply to possession and supply of all unregulated unapproved drugs.
- Strict Regulation has produced: state approved legal regulated drugs and outlawed underground unregulated drugs.
- A full circle, welcome to New Prohibition.
Is Strict Regulation Prohibition 2.0?
This model of Regulation was adopted in New Zealand to control New Psychoactive Substances. Worryingly, it received support from a number of key Drug Reformers.
A Human Rights Approach
Because prohibition of drugs is a damaging breach of human rights that has done more harm than the drugs ever could…
- Gangsters can’t be in charge of drug distribution we must end prohibition.
- Commercially sold drugs should be regulated.
- Only approved companies should produce them for commercial distribution.
- Only approved outlets should sell them.
- Only approved regulated drugs should be commercially sold.
- Strict regulatory controls are placed on all business practices (advertising, packaging, distribution, sale etc).
- Individuals can manufacture and/or cultivate ANY substance – for personal use only.
- Individuals can possess and consume ANY substance – for personal use.
- Registered societies and clubs can meet exchange information, knowledge and equipment.
- The fundamental human right for a person to consume in their body, what they choose, without threat, controls or punishment from the state remain paramount and must always be protected.
- All drug prohibition has been abolished.
The freedom, liberty and human rights of the individual must be protected from the controlling and paternalistic state, and against exploitation from multi-national corporations and businesses. It’s business activities that need regulating not people.