Re: UN drug report unintentionally
argues against prohibition
In response to The Vancouver Sun Wednesday,
June 28, 2006 articles regarding UN drug
report unintentionally argues against
The 2006 World Drugs report from the UNODC
shows a global increase of marijuana use. "Marijuana
potency has increased dramatically in the last
decade in the three countries at the vanguard
of cannabis breeding and production technology
-- the United States , Canada and the
Netherlands " According to the writer of the
article, “But we can blame the rise in
marijuana potency directly on the war on drugs.”
As a Dutch citizen I ask myself, to which war
on drugs does the writer refer? In the
Netherlands we do not have a war on drugs. On
the contrary there is a decriminalization or,
let me say, semi-legalization on cannabis
products since 1976. Consequently our
youngsters grow up with the idea that cannabis
use is OK. People reason, if cannabis is
dangerous to my health, our government would
protect me from the drug.
But the Dutch politicians are not taking
responsibility and they tolerate cannabis.
Their policy gave way to the illegal drug
business. Dutch society built up tolerance to
cannabis on false evidence; not only in the
form of having tolerated a large cannabis
industry but, tolerance and addiction in the
users bodies as well. That's one of the
reasons cannabis users in the Netherlands have
needed a to develop higher THC cannabis.
Hashish and marijuana from the 1960s and 1970s
contained between 0.1 percent to 2 percent THC.
Improved hemp plants now produce hashish and
marijuana with THC between 5 percent and 25
percent, averaging 8.5 percent. The cannabis
industry has created a market with a higher
THC in cannabis so users’ dependencies
increase and require more drugs to get high.
The brain's pleasure center doesn't care what
it is dependent upon. Unchecked desire,
heightened tolerance and withdrawal symptoms
without the drug, define dependence. A
dependent person is generally not able to
break the destructive cycle with self-knowledge
Poly drug use is very common in the
Netherlands and creates more business for the
illegal drug business. The Netherlands
misleads the world by semi-legalizing cannabis
as a soft, "semi-harmful" drug. Everyone
knows how harmful tobacco smoking is, and how
difficult it is to quit. Smoking is the same.
Compulsion is a characteristic of all
dependencies and marijuana causes dependency.
The annual report of the UNODC shows an
increase in acute health episodes related to
marijuana use. This is also seen in the
Netherlands . That's why I agree with the
UNODC that we globally should care more about
preventing cannabis use.
By doing so, we can stop the cannabis industry
and support our youth.
Secretary General EURAD