Health funding crisis

wisdom of smokin joeThe response to the health care funding crisis is pretty obvious, isn’t it?

We’re so poor that the only possible way to fund our new submarines, not to mention Joe Hockey’s $50k steak dinners, is to cut health funding.

Well then we can’t afford to keep pissing money up the wall busting people for smoking dope.

Since about 1,500, 000 drug offences were prosecuted between 1976 and 2000 at an average cost per drug offence of $8500 in $1998A, this suggests that about $13 billion (in 1998 dollars) was spent on drug prohibition in the period between 1976 and 2000.

The WA Government is accused of taking too long to ban synthetic cannabis. Probably because they should be legalising it instead. The only people in support of the war on some drugs are Big Pharma and private prison owners. And perhaps a few prostate clutching old men. Charming people who use the term

“…drug pushing dope smokers.”

to refer to middle aged ladies taking cannabis to treat panic attacks.

That coming from someone who grows opium poppies is pretty rich. But that’s fine. When addiction starts being treated as a health issue, rather than a criminal issue, he’ll still have plenty of business. And he’ll be able to take that stick out of his arse. I’m sure that will be a great relief to him.

Daniel Andrews was elected at least in part because of a promise to legalise medical marijuana. Why bother spending that much money on bureaucracy required when only about 10% of people use it and that doesn’t change when it’s fully legal?

“Over time (1995 to 2010), the proportion of people in Australia aged 14 years or older who had used cannabis in the previous 12 months has changed. More specifically:
• the number of people in Australia using cannabis increased from 1.6 million in 2007 to 1.9 million in 2010
• after peaking in 1998, the proportion of people who had recently used cannabis had been decreasing, but in 2010, it statistically significantly increased significantly from 2007, from 9.1% to 10.3% (Table 6.1), an increase that was reflected for both males’ and females’ use
• in 2010, there was increase in the proportion of people who had used cannabis recently in all age groups, though the only statistically significant increase was seen in those aged 50–59 years (from 3.8% in 2007 to 5.5% in 2010)
• since 1998, recent cannabis use has generally decreased in the younger age groups, but either increased or remained stable for the older age groups (40 years or older).”

hemp-japan-bedWhy not just put that $13 billion into nurses and ambo’s? Or submarines. If that’s what you’d prefer.

Regulating cannabis along the lines of alcohol or aspirin means a lot less money spent on more dangerous drugs. The PBS would be much more affordable. It also means that thousands of farmers would be free to grow industrial hemp without any red tape. The money that would turn over is considerable.

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