How am I supposed to take you seriously when I know more about the effects of illicit substances than you do? Who do I turn to? Who is going to help me? My problem is not the adverse effects of cannabis because as far as I can see, there are none (subjective to the individual). No, my problem is prohibition itself, driving the price of all illicit substances through the roof and draining my bank account, not to mention the constant state of fear I’m in because the penalty for mere possession is absolutely absurd. Drug use is not a criminal problem but a health problem, if you do indeed choose to see it as a problem at all. My question is, isn’t it about time we changed the law and stopped raiding peoples’ homes for possession? I don’t even know why I’m asking, of course it is.
It’s good that you have a good knowledge of illicit substances and their physical and psychological effects. This undoubtedly will be of benefit to you if the choice you are making is to use them. However, I think it’s worth pointing out, if you don’t know this already, that things tend to change all of the time particularly with legal / illegal highs and so in order to enhance your safety, learning about these substances can only be good for you if you wish to remain safe. You sound as if you know your substances so I hope you would agree that it’s not right to say that there are no adverse effects associated with cannabis use. Yes it is dependent on the strength of the drug and the individual etc but to say there are no bad affects from cannabis would not be correct.
You state that your problem is prohibition itself in which case let me inform you that no one is going to help you here as there will be no movement on the law anytime soon. That is not to say that there should not be a proper debate about it. CTT has no opinion one way or the other and serves to provide impartial information and advice based on current research, scientific evidence and clinical practice.
You also say that prohibition drives the price of illicit substances through the roof. Actually if and when drugs get regulated you will find that there will be a year on year real increase in price most likely above the rate of inflation. Try to think back to how much cigarettes and alcohol cost ten or twenty years ago. I can assure you that the price of illicit drugs has not increased in line with these legalised drugs. In fact the burgeoning market in cannabis in those US States that allow it has those local governments excited at the tax revenues likely to be generated. I wonder if your bank account is drained because actually you have a problem in regulating your consumption in line with what you can afford. If you feel you need more detailed information please contact D.A.S.H - Drug Advice & Services Helpline or have a look at these websites for more support. Motiv8, Drug Aware, Talk to Frank, Isle of Man Drug and Alcohol Team.