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