Bumping up the stupidity index…

And this is why one doesn’t trust scientific research to the private sector. That validating a given experiment through research (as opposed to doing new research) should be an issue should come as a surprise to no one — it may be essential, but it’s not hard to see where it wouldn’t be as rewarding.

It also isn’t hard to imagine how many people will read this and go “See? Science. It’s just a theory.”

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    • Uriel
    • July 7th, 2011

    Not so connected but….

    There is a horribly sad fact of life over here that I encounter all too regularly in my job. Young Asian, mainly Vietnamese, youths and young men are trafficked to here for the purpose of production of cannabis.

    The polce are trying to target the brains behind the organisation of it but it is too well designed. The youths generally come from families, who presumably are lied to and most likely pay to have their sons sent to the UK for a “better life”. They end up being forced into Cannabis production.

    The money is laundered through a proliferation of Nail bars – shops that do fancy prosthetic nail work – and which seem always empty, and yet have magnificent turnovers.

    The misery and cost of prohibition I get to see close up and it’s not pretty.

      • Max Bell
      • July 7th, 2011

      Forced? Out here, it’s good work if you can get it, and you very nearly need a professional resume for that. That said, the human cost of prohibition is well known and has been as far back as I can remember.

      That said, I’m very sanguine about the prospects for decriminalization, especially here, locally, because the subject has been the subject of vigorous debate both in the local, mainstream press and among our elected representatives — not to mention much broader discussion along similar lines among members of the house and senate.

      Another major factor is the fact that prescription drugs have become a much larger problem than cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine etc. — so even if we could magically, somehow, eliminate the entire supply of street drugs overnight, our most serious problem would remain.

      Regardless, the insular ignorance that’s kept marijuana prohibition afloat is dissipating rapidly over here — at least in the “urban archipelagos”, at it were.

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