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  1. #1 The drug debate 
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    I'm sure this has been discussed before but as membership changes so too does the debate.

    Is the classification of illicit substances based on rational or empirical considerations? Or is it still based on historical and social conditioning?

    A review in 2007 by Nutt et al. categorised 20 legal and illegal drugs based on harm as measured by a composite of physical harm, social harm and dependence. Cannabis came 11th with tobacco 9th and alcohol 5th.

    Davis Nutt was later sacked by the government from his position on the UK Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs for his 'liberal' position on drugs like cannabis.

    Considering his position was based on evidence was the UK government right to sack him?

    And what is your view on the criminalisation of certain substances while a more harmful substances (according to this review) are legal?


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    Nutt, D., King, L.A., Saulsbury, W. and Blakemore C. (2007) Development of a rational scale to assess the harm of drugs of potential misuse The Lancet, Volume 369, Issue 9566, Pages 1047 - 1053


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    I disagree with the governments policy on drugs, because it's only made things a lot worse in this country. This is a very touchy subject, because any politician that's willing to do what's needed won't get elected again, so guess what, the problems only going to get worse. The U.S. has more people in jail/prison per 100,000 than any other nation in the world. Every city in this country has a serious gang problem primarily because of illegal drugs.

    My solution is to take the money out of selling drugs. I do have some ideas about how that can be done. It will not be very popular, but it could show very positive results within one generation. Anyone care to start a dialog on this subject?


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    i direct you to the politics forum. view the topic "legalizing cannabis: the economic arguement" despite the title, the arguement has digressed to a variety of arguements, although the economic one was well evaluated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by saul
    i direct you to the politics forum. view the topic "legalizing cannabis: the economic arguement" despite the title, the arguement has digressed to a variety of arguements, although the economic one was well evaluated.
    Thank you. Although drug use is a major medical problem, it's solution has to be political. I will jump over there and take a look.
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