Human Rights: Lost in Legal Regulation?

When prohibitionists shape drug reform it results in Prohibition 2.0. Here’s the process to illustrate how reform ideas get hijacked:

A Prohibitionist Legal Regulation Approach

  1. Gangsters shouldn’t be in charge of drug distribution – we must end prohibition
  2. Drugs are potentially dangerous and need to be legally regulated.
  3. Only state approved and regulated companies should produce and distribute drugs.
  4. Only recognised and approved regulated outlets should sell them.
  5. Only approved legally regulated drugs should be sold.
  6. To support a robust Legal Regulated market, possession of unregulated or non-approved drugs must be an offence.
  7. To protect people from the dangers of drugs individuals must only consume ‘approved’ regulated drugs.
  8. Strict enforcement and penalties should apply to all possession and supply of unregulated unapproved drug.
  9. Because drugs are dangerous individuals must not be allowed to manufacture or cultivate drugs.
  10. Law enforcement should be able to enter without a warrant if unregulated drug production/cultivation is suspected in a building.
  11. Strict Regulation has successfully produced a Legal Regulation model which has state approved legal regulated drugs and outlawed underground unregulated drugs.
  12. That may sound unnervingly familiar. A full circle, welcome back to Prohibition 2.0.

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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 and was described as world leading reform. 

A Human Rights Legal Regulation Approach

Because prohibition of drugs is a damaging breach of human rights that has done more harm than the drugs ever could…

  1. Gangsters can’t be in charge of drug distribution we must end prohibition.
  2. Commercially sold drugs should be regulated.
  3. Only approved companies should produce them for commercial distribution.
  4. Only approved outlets should sell them.
  5. Only approved regulated drugs should be commercially sold.
  6. Strict regulatory controls are placed on all business practices (advertising, packaging, distribution, sale etc).
  7. Individuals can manufacture and/or cultivate ANY substance – for personal use only.
  8. Individuals can possess and consume ANY substance – for personal use.
  9. Registered societies and clubs can meet exchange information, knowledge and equipment.
  10. 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.
  11. All drug prohibition has been abolished.

Screen Shot 2014-09-01 at 9.29.09 am 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.

Julian Buchanan

7 thoughts on “Human Rights: Lost in Legal Regulation?

  1. Regulation, to succeed, should be built into the method and equipment of ingestion, i.e. instead of $moking, use a Vaporiser — or there is a quickly-learned way to Vaporise with your own cheaply handmade flexdrawtube one-hitter. $mokers of cannabis, tobacco or any herb are encouraged to $witch from $moke– hot-burning overdose monoxide $igarettes (700mg) or joints (500mg)– to a device with a narrow, screened crater where 25mg of the shredded tobacco rescued from a $igarette– or of sifted cannabis bud with a consistent particle size for Vaping– can be loaded for a “Single Toke”.

    Whereas a puff on a Joint or $igarette may achieve burning temperatures of 700C/1200F, destroying cannabinoids and adding combustion toxins, the object in Vaping is to maintain a temperature up to about 200C/400F where the nutrient is harvested as Vapour rather than as $moke. Hints on manufacturing the el cheapo utensil at free wiki article, “12 Ways to Make Pipes from Everyday Objects”– article needs more writing and especially pictures.


    1. Health promotion and social care education is needed to allow people to make informed choices, but we must protect their freedom.

      We should consider how the industry could be regulated to reduce harms and protect user freedom.


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