are we suprised?
Any suprised, I'ev said it before and I'll say it again - government policy is not made based on evidence, it is made based on mindless emotional responces of the repressed masses.
Any home office minister would have done the exact same thing, they've been doing so for decades. Same score with terrorism, porn, piracy, nuclear power and, climate change.
My mother was a mental health nurse I got a pretty solid founding knowledge in drug taking, she told me about some of the exciting side effects of drugs like speed (hallucinations a few days later ~ great) or just why would you want to sit around dribbling (heroin). Mums known a few people hooked on sleeping pills ~~~ go figure. But I experimented with this and that and had a nice healthy cannabis habit for five years. All in all 98% of drugs are pretty dull, but I did love being stonned so very much, lazy weekends lost to the fuzzy haze and a half tonne of crisps and jelly sweets whilst playing command and conquer red alert 2.
Man - those were the days. Or sat out in the fields around the village talking shit and getting high as kites.
I know no people who have died of recreational drugs (and hell I know alot of people that take or have taken drugs.)
I know 1 person who has died from overdosing on prescription drugs.
I know 1 person who has almost died from overdosing on over the counter drugs whilst drunk.
I know 3 people who died in a car crash.
I know a large number of people who have been injured whilst driving.
I know a large number of people who have been injured whilst drunk.
But I also know 2 people who are in or have been in jail for dealing drugs. One of them was 17 and only dealt in hash and skunk, got about 4 years. Isn't a shock he got done though, only black kid in the village.
I know a reasonably large number of people with somekind of record for possessing recreational drugs.
I also knew a guy who got done for robbing up a rec centre, they gave him 6 months, funny thing was they went "right which of these other burgleries did you do - now you've been done you wont do any time for these it just tidies up our records" turns out he'd robbed up a good 60 places. Ahh well