Someone said :
Alcohol and Nicotine are both drugs. Yet they are legal and taxed by the government.
I'd say Alcohol has ruined more lives/families in Ireland than Heroin or Charlie.
Legalise it, tax it, control it.
I’ve never been comfortable about placing alcohol and nicotine as the base line of a legal standard - when we do so casually, we are ignoring the grief, destruction and pain they have brought - despite the tax.
Looking onto any highly addict. destructive yet acceptable substances as a means of introducing while potentially encouraging another highly addictive substances into the mainstream seems a weak metholoogy of approach.
However I am pro decriminalisation, on the grounds of current research, medically aware and accessible approaches and the long term calling from those involved in substance abuse services.
We can't ignore the issue, but we can certainly refuse to allow the ploy to be about a distraction on the already ‘acceptable’ substances, rather than the wider need for authentic services, supports and responses.