11 October 2012, 13:30

US: referendum on cannabis field

US: referendum on cannabis field
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The US plans to legitimize the so-called ‘recreational drugs’. In November, three US states – Washington, Oregon and Colorado – are holding referendums on the legalization of marijuana. The opponents and proponents of this measure are divided fifty-fifty.

Marijuana is already available as medicine in 14 states. The forthcoming referendums will determine whether the drug should be made available for the general public without restriction. The authorities plan to regulate marijuana sales by imposing a special tax, like a tax on the sales of alcohol.

About 300 websites and dozens of organizations across the United States are involved in a movement to popularize cannabis. More than 100 college professors have spoken in support of a focus group that calls for regulating marijuana like alcohol. “Yes on 24” Press Secretary Mason Tvert has said in a Voice of Russia interview that strict control of medical marijuana sales yields good results and that crime rates in areas where marijuana business is legal are lower compared to regions where marijuana is forbidden. In addition, he said, millions of dollars go into public coffers as revenues from the issue of licenses and legal marijuana sales.

According to Yuri Krupnov of the Institute of Demography, Migration and Regional Development, marijuana promotion has become a strong trend in recent years. The campaign to legitimize marijuana is sponsored by the drug mafia directly, Yuri Krupnov said.

"A number of Latin American countries which have been instilling the idea of legalizing drugs refer to the noble goal of putting the end to violence in an anti-drug war. Judging by the Swedish experience of the 1960s, legalization of drugs has disastrous consequences for the society. Availability of drugs leads to an increase in the number of drug users. Sweden quickly understood what a liberal drug policy was fraught with. Since the 1970s, drug addiction has been considered an epidemic in Sweden."

Easing of the anti-drug policy leads to a complete failure of anti-drug campaigns per se, and the US is no exception, says retired FSB General Alexander Mikhailov, who heads the Anti-Terrorism and Anti-Drug Foundation.

"Apparently, there is a drug lobby in the US that is trying to push through a set of laws to legitimize the sale of recreational drugs. It’s so discouraging that countries all over the world which fought against drug use so fiercely just a few years ago are now backing off. We’ve signed a host of international agreements and have spent years trying to secure a complete ban in drug use."

It’s not accidental that recreational drugs are known as ‘starter drugs’ amidst Russian policemen. Thanks to these drugs, people develop severe drug addiction. According to Gallup, 50 percent of the Earth's population spoke in favor of legalizing marijuana in 2011.

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