Sorry for lack of posts recently. Alternating between busy and non functional:
The Tory ‘Psychoactive Substances Bill’ is a typical piece of knee jerk police state legislation, poorly written, badly thought out and ignoring a vast tide of professional and educated opposition.
The bill seeks to block what are called ‘Legal Highs’ by redefining the ban as prohibiting all substances that cause psychoactivity in humans rather than naming specific types of drugs.
The Problem is the bill is so broad and vague as to cover everything. It says:
A psychoactive substance “produces a psychoactive effect in a person, by stimulating or depressing the person’s central nervous system, it affects the person’s mental functioning or emotional state”.
What does this mean? Take a look at this chart I made from easily found information:
Note that this is worst case, not all users of alcohol, marijuana or coffee are addicted to it but it is classed as addictive which is enough for inclusion in the bill.
Fed up with being treated like a criminal for smoking, now you can be arrested for lighting up if you have pissed off the police or you catch the eye of some CPS type looking to push up his score for the month.
Thinking about popping into a coffee shop, that’s a mildly psychoactive substance you are buying, in public, in front of witnesses. Not just being seen in a Starbucks but now it could be classed as a crime.
Yes, I know. You are saying it’s ridiculous, it wouldn’t happen, no one would be that stupid. Charging someone under a drugs law for drinking coffee.
Have you seen our government?