Kevin Williamson writes: The usual suspects in the media and politics have finally got their way. They managed to find two kids in England who died from taking Methadone and pass it off unchallenged as mephedrone deaths. It’s a classic take from the classic ‘How To Create a Bogus Drug Scare & Ban A Drug’ Handbook’.
Mephedrone was undoubtedly causing problems among many users. It was cheap and used often enough became nasty. But no one seems to be giving a thought to whether Scotland’s overall drug problems will be made worse or better by a ban. E.g. What measures are in place to deal with those who are currently addicted to mephedrone? Which drugs will mephedrone’s recreational users and addicts switch to in future?
What no politician or journalist has had the courage to say is that it will be the coke dealers who will be celebrating this decision most.
Mephedrone took them by surprise and they were left trying to punt their cut-tae-fuck product at £50-60 a gramme while the internet was legally selling a cheap and uncut alternative at just £5-7 a gramme (cheaper if you bought in bulk).
The big time gangsters didn’t manage to get control of the mephedrone trade. But you can bet your bottom dollar they will be stocking up in bulk over the next few weeks and will have control of the mephedrone trade soon enough (and unlike now it will be cut with any old crap, dangerous or otherwise).
This ban is yet more drug prohibition legislation that keeps the illegal drug dealers happy. There’s no no disputing that the mail order trade in methedrone wasn’t exactly harm reduction. But on the production side mephedrone isn’t soaked in blood, misery and murder the way cocaine is. It seems like the murder and mayhem associated with a
particular drug wasnt even considered when this ban was decided.
Kids won’t stop taking drugs because of the mephedrone ban. The ban will deftly push users (and profits) back into the hands of the criminal underworld – which seems to be the blinkered naive modus operandi of all government drug policy.
We know the end result from years of bitter experience: Scotland still has the worst drugs problems in Europe while joined up thinking on drugs still seems light years away from Westminster’s policy makers.
While the SNP havent exactly covered themselves in glory on this subject our best bet for progress is still a sovereign parliament in Scotland which has full responsibility for all aspects of drugs policy and law making – as these things are still “reserved” by Westminster.
Scottish legislators need the executive power (and courage) to examine ongoing experiments in drug policy/legislation taking place outwith the UK that might actually work. The current situation is bleak and Westminster is still hampering us from at least trying to explore some radical new solutions to Scotland’s continually escalating drug