Pro-Drugs Column Runs In UK

Posted: February 29th, 2008 | Filed under: drugs, ecstasy, media bias, Uncategorized | 3 Comments »

London’s esteemed Times newspaper ran a pro-drugs piece by one of its columnists, Martin Samuel (left). This is amazing. In the United States even articles that simply make policy arguments against drug prohibition – while still echoing the “drugs are bad” mantra – are almost never published. (See Eric Sterling’s post, LINK.) Samuel’s piece was a flat-out defense of recreational drugs. Wow.

Here’s an excerpt:

Now I don’t see my views on drugs reflected too often in the mainstream media, so here goes. This is the comedian Bill Hicks quoted in performance at the Laff Stop, Austin, Texas, December 1991. “I don’t do drugs anymore,” he said, “but I’ll tell you something honestly: I had a great time doing drugs. Sorry. Never murdered anyone, never robbed anyone, never raped anyone, never beat anyone, never lost a job, a car, a house, a wife, or kids. Laughed my ass off, and went about my day. Sorry.”

Martin Samuel, “Better to Have an E Than a Bee,” Times, 4 Jan. 2008. LINK

3 Comments on “Pro-Drugs Column Runs In UK”

  1. 1 zupakomputer said at 12:18 pm on March 2nd, 2008:

    They (drugs) should still be legalised (decriminalised at the very least) though. It’s a lot more important an issue than just some kids having a laugh at parties.

    When it comes to psychedleics in particular, the more in nature you are and the further away from other people the better!
    They did start out as sacraments, and medicines; later on they became used in parties too and (a favourite of mine) enhancing audio-visual recordings.

    To quote Bill Hicks again,

    (about taking drugs in ‘normal’ social settings)
    “I went to astro-world and had a really bad time!”

    “You’re a moron! Go to nature, they’re sacred.”

  2. 2 jaysun said at 4:42 am on April 4th, 2008:

    to quote mitch hedburg; “i used to do drugs, i still do but i used to too…”

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