American psychology professor Paul Armentano comprehensively rebutted recent press reports suggesting smoking pot causes psychosis this week, pointing out that unchanging rates of illness across different eras and different countries proved that links are extremely tenuous.
People are no more likely to be psychotic in Canada or the United States (two nations where large percentages of citizens use cannabis) than they are in Sweden or Japan (where self-reported marijuana use is extremely low ), said the Professor (writing on leading political portal the Huffington Post).
Even after the enormous popularity of cannabis in the 1960s and 1970s, rates of psychotic disorders haven't increased, he said,
Civil liberties guru Robert Sharpe from Common Sense for Drug Policy also attacked Reefer Madness and Americas war on drugs this week, in a letter published in the New Statesman.
The scientific literature on alcohol use disorder and schizophrenia is vast, yet I don't hear anyone using it to make the case for reclassification of alcohol, he pointed out.
Meanwhile in the Financial Times, London School of Economics' Professor Willem Buiter published a detailed proposal for completely legalising cocaine and heroin in Europe simultaneously, to both remove funding from terrorists and to get the government off our backs.
The principle-based argument for legalisation is that behaviour that harms others ought to be criminalised, not behaviour that hurts only the person engaged in it, he said.
It is not the government's job to protect adults of sound mind from the predictable consequences of their actions. Parents should be paternalistic, but when it comes to mentally competent grown-ups the state should not be. It is not the responsibility of the state to ensure our "happiness" - whatever that is. That is the road to a Brave New World, he warned,
Jonty Skrufff (Skrufff.com)