Time to end the war on drugs

Richard Branson takes a look at Portugal’s decade-long experiment of drug decriminilization:

“In 2001 Portugal became the first European country to officially abolish all criminal penalties for personal possession of drugs, including marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines.”

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“Following decriminalization, Portugal has the lowest rate of lifetime marijuana use in people over 15 in the EU: 10%. The most comparable figure in America is in people over 12: 39.8%, Proportionally, more Americans have used cocaine than Portuguese have used marijuana. “

This does not even touch on the principle of self-ownership, which means that nobody – including the government – has the right to permit/deny me putting whatever I choose into my body, from food to medicines and drugs.

The flip side of this whole war on drugs – and one which I never hear mentioned, but which has real life-altering implications on actual flesh-and-blood human beings – is that of the legality of use of medical drugs which governments seem to think they also have the right to regulate.

In Canada, where the government pays for drugs of senior citizens, the government intentionally drags its feet approvinglife-saving medications: it costs the government less per pill and the treatment is considerably shorter!  It’s all about incentives…



Ninja squirrel!

The 2011 year roundup from Michael Geist

Michael Geist takes a look at technology laws in 2011 from A to Z.

Readers of this blog may be familiar with some, like:

“B is for Baglow v. Smith, an Ontario Superior Court decision which ruled that comments on a blog should not necessarily give rise to a claim in defamation, when the person alleging defamation has a right of reply in the same blog.”

Well worth bookmarking for future reference…