Wednesday devoted Aftenposten front page to the canadian cannabisreformen that was implemented in the summer. Canada was with his reform the second country in the world (after Uruguay) which have legalized personal use and possession of cannabis for all its adult citizens.Columnist Jon Olsen
is samfunnsviter with a master's degree in Religioon and Society from the university of Oslo. He writes about social deviance, and is a board member of the Association Safer Ruspolitikk.Last published posts Kriminaliseringen of rusbrukere damages the whole community the Police's own ruspolitikk Hasjressurser up in smoke
the newspaper Aftenposten writes that "no clue of the consequences of frislippet". But regulation is not frislipp, it is the complete opposite. According to Språkrådets dictionary means frislipp "drop something freely (by to revoke the regulations and restrictions)". That Aftenposten misunderstand such basic terminology expresses that the editors may have misunderstood what the regulation of cannabis.
Many countries large cannabismarkeder, including Norway. By regulation introduced restrictions related to sale, age limits, choice of locations, and quantities that can be sold. Other restrictions come in connection with the production, where the products are checked more closely. In addition, the law that covers personal possession, areas of use and the like. A lovliggjøring also opens for new social norms that can contribute to the awareness and harm reduction among users.
not to mention proceeds, the schedule and politiressursene that can be reallocated.
The canadian Cannabis Act is the most solid and thorough piece of cannabisregulering that have ever been produced. Reformens proverb is the following: "The Cannabis Act is designed to better protect the health and safety of Canadians, to keep cannabis out of the hands of youth and to keep profits out of the hands of criminals and organized crime."
In Canada will cannabis forward is indicated with different, meaningful symbols which inform users. Residents are encouraged to keep the products away from children and pets. Sale to people under the age of 18 years will be punished hard, and the same will ruskjøring. So why interpret Aftenposten this as a frislipp?
A possible explanation is the steadfast, the idea that lawful access gives increased use. the
But the relationship between law and patterns of use are very unclear. According to the EMCDDA France is the country in Europe where most adults use cannabis, even if the country has a forbudspolitikk similar to Norway's. In the united STATES now has 10 states selected the same solution as the Canada, and although it is easier to document use when this is no longer hidden away, there is little evidence of strong increases.
Debate the upcoming rusreformen has largely slipped over to only act on heavy users. About the Norwegian cannabis users will be penalised also in the future, the reform half-heartedly.
It is disappointing that the newspaper Aftenposten, which has advocated against that rusbrukere should be punished, now consider the regulation of cannabismarkedet to be something disturbing. the
most Recently in December of last year referred the newspaper to law professor Johs. Andenæs, who said that the drug field have had a "century's greatest feilinvestering in punishment". This applies not only to users of heavy drugs, it invested far more in the fight against cannabis. Feilinvesteringen subject mainly deals with the players on the cannabismarkedet, where the police resources wasted on destroying the future of the pågrepne.
Norway has never had a single form of regulation of cannabismarkedet, which is clearly source of income to a number of the country's criminal environments. the
the Ban regulates nothing. However, the use, often dangerous, products stronger and sold to anyone at all times. It is this which is frislipp. Canada should be hailed.Celebrate Canada! Comment