Cannabis is now Class B
According to our government, amphetamine (speed) is as bad for us as cannabis — what other message could reclassification send?
Your typical cannabis smoker tends to
- stay indoors
- get through a lot of crisps
Your typical whizzkid tends to
- go out a lot
- get somewhat overconfident and aggressive
- listen to awesome drum ‘n’ bass
- approach the speed of light (literally*)
I’m not necessarily knocking amphetamine or it’s users, just pointing out that drugs are a class apart. Oh no, wait.
Check out the (now out of date) graph below, placing drugs from most harmful on the left to least harmful on the right.The score assigned to each drug takes into account harm to yourself and to society as a whole, and what’s that… alcohol and tobacco are more harmful than the class A drugs LSD and ecstasy! Considering that the link between cannabis and schizophrenia is as tenuous as ever (why isn’t the Netherlands one big psych ward?), why is our government ignoring it’s own scientists? Religion has more regard for evidence than Mr. Brown (and that’s saying something!) If you want to learn more about just how stupid our current classification system is, you can watch this episode of BBC’s Horizon, which tackles each drug in turn. (49 mins)