A friend told us a funny story recently about sneaking pot across the Canada US border in the 1980 at the height of the war on drugs campaign. 4 students headed to Mardi Gras with pot stuffed in their underwear. They were terrified/
The times, they are a changin’.. finally. Pot it largely legal, and attitudes toward other recreational drugs seems to be shifting. The Canadian announced last week that it was giving direction to prosecutors to no longer enforce provisions of the law prohibiting possession of small amount of recreational drugs. These drugs are still illegal, strictly speaking, but the police are no longer to focus attention on small time users or drugs like MDMA, magic mushroom, LSD, etc..
Personally, I’m somewhat ambivalent in drugs. I’m not a big user and don’t have an addictive personality. So, for me, recreational drug use is probably pretty low risk and I dont see why it should be illegal. Moreover, every research piece I’ve seen on drug treatment seems to conclude that arrest gin people for drug use neither reduces use or reforms users. All it seems to do is clog up the justice system. That said, I’ve seen drug us ruin some lives, so I know its not as clear cut as simply saying we should no longer control drugs.
On balance, though, I think its a good move to not be arresting small time recreational users. Indulging in a little ecstasy doesn’t feel like it should be a criminal activity and the police have bigger fish to fry. Nice to see a move in the right direction.