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Ban on alcohol and tobacco has had harmful effects - SA Drug Policy Initiative

26 May 2020 12:35 PM
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The SA Drug Policy Initiative says the prohibition of booze and cigarettes has had harmful health, social, economic, and criminal effects.

The SA Drug Policy Initiative is an NGO that advocates for humane and rational drug laws to reduce drug-related harms.

The initiative's Dr Keith Scott says the harmful effects of the lockdown prohibitions highlight why there is a need to fully decriminalise cannabis.

RELATED: Banning substances is lazy and ineffective, says criminologist

There are problems going on in the background [of governement] that are irrational.

Dr Keith Scott, Co-founder - SA Drug Policy Initiative

If you ban the trade of something people really want, instead of abolishing that trade, you simply drive it underground.

Dr Keith Scott, Co-founder - SA Drug Policy Initiative

Apportioning blame to the people who want to use the drug of their choice is absolutely incorrect. The bad people are the people who make these laws.

Dr Keith Scott, Co-founder - SA Drug Policy Initiative

We don't take into account the harmful effects that the law is actually going to cause; that's exactly what's happened with these lockdown regulations on alcohol and tobacco.

Dr Keith Scott, Co-founder - SA Drug Policy Initiative

Listen to Dr Keith Scott in conversation with Lester Kiewit:


26 May 2020 12:35 PM
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