Politics Alcohol and cannabis Friday 23 March 2007
One of my main pet peeves is the arbitrary injustice of our western society's drug policy, and the ease with which a big portion of the population is brainwashed by the law.

Yet another study, published in the leading medical journal The Lancet, ranks alcohol as a more dangerous drug than cannabis, yet in most western countries anyone using the latter can be arrested, get a criminal record and have his life partly ruined, while even the worst binge drinking abuser of the former goes free. All this for no rational reason other than "the law is the law and must be obeyed".

The ranking of drugs in The Lancet is based on three factors: physical harm to the user, addictiveness, and impact on society. Heroin and cocaine rank first and second, alcohol fifth, cannabis 11th.


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