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As Derek Harper pointed out, random breath testing is a scam. However it’s even bigger than he thinks. The main target is cannabis because legal cannabis threatens the drug trade. Wherever it has been legalised the use of other drugs plummets. Let’s be clear, the drug laws have nothing whatsoever to do with protecting society from the problems of drugs. If they did we would see rather better results from 50 years of expensive and unexamined warfare.

The war on drugs has created one of the largest industries in the world; illicit drugs at approximately $300bn/year. Like the other giants –big pharma approx. $1,720bn, armaments approx. $1,700bn, oil approx. $200bn – the beneficiaries are the 1 per cent; the wealthiest and most influential people on the planet. No surprise the political systems and mainstream media they own are rarely allowed to address this scam. Anyone attempting it is immediately ridiculed, portrayed as druggies or friendly to criminals. The Greens mentioning last week, if we hope to deal with the problems they can cause, drugs must be a health issue not a legal one.

But, most of all, it’s a human rights issue. Growing and smoking a plant harms nobody and, therefore, is not criminal behaviour. Declaring this victimless activity a crime is the linchpin to creating one of the largest amounts of money on the planet. This has always been the object of prohibition. The opium wars, alcohol prohibition and now this, the most successful of them all.

It’s time prohibitionists were denied the moral high ground. They are being manipulated for profit.

 

 


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