It causes far more harm than it prevents. It is based on prejudice and discrimination. Science, medicine and all the evidence shows that regulation is the only rational policy.
We have won the argument. There are now two more steps we must take before change can happen. Firstly we must defeat the prohibitionists, the ProHos, and their vested interests. Secondly we must find our cowardly, hypocritical politicians a way to save face in reversing the disastrous policy they have pursued for so long.
The ProHos are fighting a desperate rearguard action. The DEA crackdown on medical marijuana, the frenzied scaremongering of the right wing Australian press, the panic stricken lies and blatant falsification of scientific evidence by the Daily Mail. The vicious and disproportionate campaign by the Sheffield police and judiciary. In Spain this week, Martin Barriuso, president of the Federation of Cannabis Associations was arrested and held without bail just as he was about to travel to London to present the cannabis social clubs concept in the House of Lords.
Don't doubt that the DEA is behind all this. It is an autonomous, extrajudicial army that answers to no one, certainly not the US president. It is in cahoots with GW Pharmaceuticals which last week released clinical trials data showing that its super-strong, super-concentrated skunk cannabis medicine Sativex is safe and non-addictive. The medical marijuana industry in the US is taking off. Israel and all of Europe except Britain and France are recognising the immense value of medicinal cannabis. The Portugal experiment has now run for more than 10 years and is a resounding success. The DEA is panicking. An awful lot of drug war soldiers are going to be redundant soon. Some very fat cats are about to spill their last saucer of cream.
The vile Melanie Phillips reveals her own panic in an absurd diatribe in today's Daily Mail. A deluge of statistics clogs her article, even relegating her usual hatred and prejudice to second place. Does she really think that the average delusional Daily Mail reader is going to read them, or that anyone else will believe her cooking of the books?
We are winning. These are the death throes of the most destructive and evil policy that the world has ever seen. Expect more violent reaction. Expect more cowardice from Cameron, whoever is Home Secretary and from the mendacious Daily Mail and its stooges. Expect more misinformation and deceit from Home Office civil servants. Expect more propaganda and misconduct from police officers and judges that see their multi-billion pound gravy train coming to an end. Expect more bribes and under the counter funding from Big Booze and Big Pharma. Expect more numpty politicians like Charles Walker, Alan Johnson and Nadine Dorries to do everything they can to scare and mislead the public.
Expect all of this and more. But know that all of this is because we are winning!