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Legalizing drugs: Amsterdam blow, "Toronto" vmazhet "- all" zatorchat?

May 3 2005

Around the so-called "soft" drug legalization and medical use in the West maintained a long-standing disputes. Particularly active fire dispute flared up in recent years around the drug, for which, along with a variety of nicknames, koi he is given in different parts of the world, there exists a universal name - "grass".

So what happens today with the "grass"? We do something with it all is definitely clear: the stupefying products, processing of hemp and, God forbid, the consumption in any form or by any concentration in our country is prohibited. But they have there, a liberal-democratic countries in this respect there are other views.

Kuri, but do not lose your head

In studies recently conducted in New Zealand, it was found that when used in adolescence, marijuana (cannabis, hashish, anasha) individuals at the genetic level, have a predisposition to mental illness. It is known that the result is also becoming an increased risk of depression, the development of schizophrenia, decreased ability to short-term memory.

In this regard, experts say, is not enough to rely on existing in most countries worldwide ban on "soft drugs". Particular attention should be paid to preventing the penetration of green snake smoking in youth circles. Another question - how to limit the availability of "popular" means?

In the UK, according to some estimates, currently there are more than 3.5 million people regularly consume marijuana (according to research from the Home Office, the figures vary from 2 to 5 million). About 15 million at least once in their life tried smoking "grass" . And that number may grow significantly. Indeed, more recently, in spite of numerous studies in respectable English "grass" recognized the friendly (in spite of all the depression and schizophrenia). This is reflected in the law on drug abuse: cannabis in the past year has been declared as dangerous and has taken a more "decent" place, hitting from Class B to the appropriate Class C - along with a milder drugs are not addictive.

It is at this very interesting place erupted bitter debate and refracted spears as medical justification sticks out like a bone in the throat and obviously prevents live all those who would allow drugs to the right and left.

Give outdoor "coffee shop" for everyone!

In democratic Netherlands, where cannabis is sold freely, and for medical purposes can be registered every the sick and suffering, has recently been considered more "progressive" proposal. The fact that, in his predilection for barbiturates, and hallucinogenic mushrooms Dutch went much further, an initiative to open the avenue (you can somewhat) in the city, which would have the only "coffee shops" where would be represented by "soft drugs", particularly of marijuana.

Currently, Dutch authorities are free sale "grass" with condescension - as long as the public begins a frank celebration of cannabis resin and the upper inflorescences and which receive cannabis. This provoked criticism in his time respectable citizens of the country on the contradictory legislation. Thus, the "marijuana problem" is quite sharp on the agenda.

For the record
A recent opinion poll revealed that 49% of the Dutch do not have anything against the further legalization of "soft drugs". Up to 63% voted against the consumption of "grass" in his own house.

However, the aspirations of the local Dutch rastamanov not come true because the government has not reached the level of consciousness, in which reside the ordinary citizens of the country. As a result, it has not gone toward the masses, noting that it is the desire of citizens at odds with the campaign, which the government is waging against the prosperous narkoturizma: smoke kosyachok in Holland became a sign of "good taste" in certain circles, the true lovers of incense.

Last week, the country's political leaders were discouraged activists advocating for the further softening of the law by announcing its final decision. After discussion, the familiar question of "soft drugs" and the introduction of new legislation in this regard, they flatly refused to complete legalization of marijuana.

In this dilemma arose not from scratch. With relevant proposals on the device specialized avenues (which can be compared to "street red light district in Amsterdam and other parts of the world - a distinction only in service), made the mayor of Maastricht Gerd Leers (Leers). That is how he intends to deal with the problems of drug consumption in the city: one can not eradicate the ingrained habit, you can try to take him out of the shadows.

There is a certain sequence, given the experience of the Prohibition, and, as the Soviet Union in the Gorbachev era, and America from 1920 to 1933. While in our country, "humiliated and insulted," flocked to the pharmacy, where they could purchase alcohol products, or perfume department, year of bought wholesale cologne, America saved the brightest minds of some of Armand Hammer. It was he who introduced into the trafficking ginger tincture, which is the desired consistency give the same effect as the notorious "tear Komsomol, or the famous Baltic tea."

However, smoking and the world is not without good people, and in the camp rastamanov appeared influential supporter of the "herbal" prospectuses. Alexander Pechtold (Pechtold), among other things, taking part in the development of legislative base on "soft drugs" and their use in Europe, supported the initiative Leersa and spoke in favor, noting that the boulevards - not a panacea, but at this stage they may have a positive impact on the resolution of the situation with drugs.

True, the voice of "best agitator" was drowned in the chorus of opposition, booed audacious plan. But hope still remained. As noted by the legislators, if really quite unbearable, then the responsibility for translating the controversial ideas in the city lies entirely on the municipal councils. Meanwhile, according to opinion polls, most of the mayors of the 30 largest cities in the Netherlands, including Amsterdam, Utrecht, Deventer, in favor of centralized control over distribution and consumption of cannabis and, consequently, have nothing against nabivshih nauseam prospectuses.

Policy of the Netherlands promised to fight for "grass" is far from over - and this year the parliament to prepare a legislative proposal that dubious establishments where illegal drugs are sold, including "heavy", it will be possible to cover a wave of his hand.

Therapeutic aerosol at "grass" appears in Canada

The situation around the "soft drugs" are not spared and Canada. Just recently there has been endorsed by the use of pharmaceuticals, which contained easily recognizable cannabis. Such a step may cause heated discussions in the next America, many states which the sale and consumption of "grass" were allowed until 1937, after which the country left on the "starvation diet": a pinch of marijuana could be obtained not only conditionally. To date, federal law inexorably in that regard, and only a dozen U.S. states, including California, use of marijuana for medical purposes is not prohibited.

Canada in the XXI century went on. She is on the right was a laurel wreath as the first state in which as a painkiller on prescription can without too much trouble to get the coveted bottle of spray - and forget. First of all, paradoxically, lucky Canadians affected by multiple sclerosis. It is hoped that some of them do not meet people with the mutated gene, which when exposed to psychoactive substances leads to the progression of schizophrenia. Mental disorder, combined with MS can give a killer effect.

Meanwhile, activists fighting for the denial of their rights lovers of marijuana and its legalization for medical purposes, pay attention to the western states on advanced countries: Great Britain, Holland and Canada, claiming that cannabis actually reduces suffering, and deserve to take a place on the shelves.

Vehicle that was a start in life in Canada, could appear on the shelves of health facilities in the UK in December last year. However, parliamentarians and government officials decided not to hurry up and wait for further scientific findings on the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes. Maybe next year marijuana in the new medical form will appear in the misty Albion, but over 5 years - in Europe, South Asia and, finally, the United States.

As is well known in the Roman clinic Gemelli, where John Paul II is undergoing treatment, on the shelves for the weary souls offered "The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown - that gave rise to a number of media slander. Five years the attention has fallen ill new pontiff, who heads the Roman Catholic Church, the doctors will be able to offer quality "grass" - to facilitate the mental and physical suffering.

And how can we?

And what do we, ordinary Russians who can not now regularly comes over to Canada and even closer to us to Holland? I think, amuse themselves with the thought itself, which sounded at the beginning of this story is: let my friends and I do not smoke the one or the other kosyachok, but when they do there in the West, all the young people will suffer from depression, schizophrenia and multiple sclerosis almost mladye nails at this time is we'll hope of the world. In my opinion, a pleasant thought. Intoxicate not less than marijuana ...

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