by the Prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the
government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be
enforced." — Albert Einstein
Middle-aged adults whose memories have grown hazy can’t blame occasional pot smoking or other light illicit drug use for their forgetfulness, according to a British study, although experts warn heavy, prolonged use could harm mental functions. +
The prime minister is reportedly considering over-ruling cabinet colleagues who favour a voluntary approach to tackling the health threat caused by excessive drinking.
The government is looking at options including copying Scottish proposals – which would ban the sale of alcohol at below 45p a unit – or bringing in taxes based on the number of alcohol units in a drink, the Daily Telegraph reports.
Either scheme, involving setting a 40p to 50p minimum price per alcohol unit, could cost consumers £700m a year, with any additional tax revenue potentially going to the NHS. The government insists no decisions have been made. +
London, UK / September 16-17
This is a conference on drug and criminal justice policy in which policy analysts, activists, film-maker, academics and an MP come together, for an exploration of what a post-prohibition society could look like, and how we might get there in our lifetime. This event is hosted by openDemocracy and Know Drugs.