BVG, Mcpp – we can’t even keep up with the acronyms.
Globalisation can mean sweatshops in Asia making your running shoes, villages in China suffering industrial pollution so we can get cheap consumer goods and outsourcing of just about everything imaginable from RPG character development to the illegal organ business.
But it can also mean cheap, legal drugs for those who want to party!
Chemists in Asia now find it sufficiently profitable to manufacture drugs that are variants of THC and MDMA and which aren’t listed on governments’ illegal substances list. ‘It’s like trying to hit a moving target’, one British official complained. New laws are passed against marijuana-substitute drugs like Spice, only for a new variant to pop up weeks later and be on sale in online head shops.
Generations to come will look back on these frantic attempts to control access to mind-altering substances with the same disbelief that we feel looking back at Prohibition in the 1920’s. Not only can the War on Drugs not be won, it’s stupid. The freedom to alter one’s consciousness is an essential human right.
In fact, if anything, the trade in designer drugs shows just how much better the drugs business would be if it were legal. When people order stimulants like Charged, Cranked and Turbo on the internet, they’re unlikely to be cut with any amphetamine, heroin or nasty household chemicals as might happen when scoring some dodgy E’s from a bloke named Henry under a railway bridge.
Of course, the new chemicals themselves might have some side effects or long term health issues but then that’s the kind of thing that could be tested out if drugs were made legal. We could start with the good old-fashioned ones…