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Fuck It, I Quit

Guest writer, the Parisian domiciled Frankie McKillen with his views on the drugs issue.


TPQ's Belfast Rockabilly Frankie McKIllen


Fuck it, I quit.

Charlo Greene famously said those words live on KTVA after she reported on a segment about pot to concentrate on legalizing marijuana in Alaska. What she said before dramatically quitting her job was ...

Everything you've heard is why I, the actual owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club, will be dedicating all of my energy toward fighting for freedom and fairness, which begins with legalizing marijuana here in Alaska. And as for this job, well, not that I have a choice but, fuck it, I quit.
Earlier this year Professor Nutt gave a lecture in the Isle of Man called The truth about drugs. In October 2009 he was the Labour Governments chief medical adviser and was sacked from his job because he wrote paper and claimed that alcohol and tobacco were more harmful than many illegal drugs, including LSD, ecstasy and cannabis. In the paper he argued that some top scientific journals had published "horrific examples" of poor quality research on the alleged harm caused by some illicit drugs, Nutt called for a new way of classifying the harm caused by both legal and illegal drugs. Part of what he said in his report was ...
Alcohol ranks as the fifth most harmful drug after heroin, cocaine, barbiturates and methadone. Tobacco is ranked ninth. Cannabis, LSD and ecstasy, while harmful, are ranked lower at 11, 14 and 18 respectively.

 Richard Garside, director for Centre for Crime & Justice Studies had this to say about Nutt's report ...
Professor Nutt's briefing gives us an insight into what drugs policy might look like if it was based on the research evidence, rather than political posturing and moralistic positioning. The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies is a strong advocate of research evidence informing policy making and it is delighted to be publishing this very timely and important contribution by one of the country's top drugs experts.
I personally smoke pot openly, I've never hidden the fact. I'm at a total loss as to why in certain countries it's illegal. It is only a 'gate-way' drug because it's illegal. It doesn't lead people to harder, more harmful drugs. That is one of the biggest myths.

The Truth About Heroin - UK documentary is an eye opener. It is a bit long but worth a watch. And listen to experts not government spin doctors.

Durham chief constable Mike Barton claimed the war on drugs had failed and decriminalisation was the best way to wrestle power away from criminal gangs. "Not all crime gangs raise income through selling drugs, but most of them do in my experience. "

So offering an alternative route of supply to users cuts off the gang's income stream. If an addict were able to access drugs via the NHS or some similar organisation, then they would not have to go out and buy illegal drugs.
 "Drugs should be controlled. They should not, of course, be freely available. I think addiction to anything - drugs, alcohol, gambling, etc - is not a good thing, but outright prohibition hands revenue streams to villains."

What doesn't work is prohibition and the war against drugs is as phoney as the war against terrorism. What is needed is a proper debate with fact not fiction.

Now I'm going for a spliff ... but I'll never smoke weed with Willie again.


7 Comments :

larry hughes said...
Is the Gerry 'I never had a beard' Adams in the photo lol
sean bres said...
Nice one Frankie and an interesting topic. Strange that ecstasy was ranked as less dangerous than pot though
Tain Bo said...
Frankie,

the massive profits made in the drug trade would be an incentive not to win the war on drugs as the cash gets woven into the economy one way or the other.
Pablo Escobar had enough cash to finance a small country, after they stiffed him where did all his cash go the same for any drug kingpin they catch or kill.

Any dirty money seized has to end up somewhere I am fairly certain it is not to feed the poor, more likely it ends up funding some covert ops.

I know one bloke who smokes the weed and has done so longer than I care to remember his other drug of choice cigarettes and the drink. I think when they figure out how to get the maximum profit they will make things legal.

The cigarette industry has something in common with the impure dope peddlers they lace tobacco with all sorts of dangerous chemicals with about 70 known to be lethal.
I am not saying weed is chemical free but I don’t know if a person would smoke 20 or 40 joints a day like a chain smoker.
grouch said...
frankie me aul flower, i quit last christmas eve (taxi broke down and i nearly did too) feelin great thank God but still miss it. i do think the skunk thats out there now is lethal and can drive delicate people schizo. I think grass is a very dangerous drug to be honest. I only met a few people who cud have the odd joint and i wish i cud have done that instead of being a big fatskinny baked bean every night. i useta be a total paranoid hemaroid. i took magic mushroooms 20 years ago and i actually wanted to go over to serbia and give some to all the different factions coz i was convinced theyd stop fighting. however the next trip i had was a living nightmare and havent touched them since. i love paris, u are a lucky swine.
DaithiD said...
Well I had heard the stories of the Ulster pirate Auld Green Beard, but I dismissed them as folklore… are you sure the spliffs have no undesirable effects Frankie?
grouch said...
u luk like a cross between jim morison, gerry adams and darby o gill
frankie said...
Larry, Daitih & grouch... I bet you'd all love to grow a beard like mine. And before anyone ask 'is it photo shopped?' Nope. It's totally natural and Daithi is on the right path. It's a side effect from smoking too much Purple haze.. Any resemblance to Gerry Adams is down to the lighting.
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