Yesterday, I noted that Transform had found a page on the UNODC site that was remarkably reasonable.
It actually talked about the effects of cannabis laws.
A number of countries are debating their marijuana laws, in most cases, trying to decide whether the penalties for possessing small amounts of cannabis should be reduced. Some advocate legalization of cannabis, that is, making it available through controlled, legal sources, as are tobacco and alcohol. However, most policymakers see that option as a huge social experiment, with outcomes that are difficult to predict. Others advocate that possessing personal amounts of cannabis should no longer be viewed as a criminal offence and penalties should be reduced. This is because, even though marijuana is not a harmless drug, an increasing number of health officials, researchers and politicians in these countries view the penalty to be out of proportion to the potential harm of using cannabis. The following are some of the arguments being made for reducing the penalties so that possession of small amounts of cannabis is no longer a criminal offence:
And it went on to talk about the damage that a criminal offense causes to people, the fact that changes in penalty don’t seem to affect amount of use, resources could be used better elsewhere, etc.
Great stuff. And true.
Well, it had been on their website for some time, perhaps years. The day after Transform found it and mentioned it, POOF!, it was gone. Wouldn’t do to have reasonable facts on their website.