A smack in everyone’s face

So why are street drugs illegal. I understand with so-called ‘legal highs’ etc., nobody knows what they might do to a person, particularly with long term use. We need to be cautious to protect the young from unknown and untested drugs.

But as for the good old fashioned types – which can be bought on the corner of most high streets in Britain nowadays – why are they illegal?

Pernicious

For now, let’s look at one of the most pernicious of street drugs – heroin. It’s obviously an extremely addictive drug, and I really do not recommend that anyone takes it without a prescription. It is a marvellous pain killer and used in hospitals across the land every day.

Far less damaging than methadone

Roads to Hell

So it’s not that dangerous when used properly. The greatest threat to the public comes from its addictiveness and the stronger drugs (eg. fentanyl) that it’s sometimes mixed with.
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So how do people become addicts? A certain number get hooked on prescribed morphine from a doctor or hospital. Apparently, after using it for three consecutive days it becomes very difficult to stop. But I don’t believe that’s how most people begin their addiction.

The majority of heroin users were introduced to it by a ‘friend’ or acquaintance who was already working in the ‘heroin industry’.
From pimps to pushers, and users to usurers, it’s been employed as a tool for exploiting the vulnerable for years. While it’s precursor – opium – has been used the same way for hundreds, or possibly thousands of years. https://www.britannica.com/topic/Opium-Warshttps://www.taxjustice.net/2015/02/27/hsbc-and-the-worlds-oldest-drug-cartel/

If there’s profit to be made – there’s a bank involved somewhere

It’s always been expensive stuff, and not easy to afford if you are unemployed or homeless. So how can someone afford to support such a serious habit when they are skint?

Means to an end

Some will shoplift or commit streetcrime, and some will rob houses. Probably the saddest of all, are those who are forced into and trapped in prostitution, by their habit. Many children are deliberately turned into addicts, and forced to work in the sex industry to pay for it. While migrants are smuggled into the country, forcibly addicted to heroin, and made to work as sex-slaves.

Rental slavery

If you use prostitutes then you are part of the problem. But I don’t suppose you’d care – you see people as commodities anyway. If you just stayed in and had a wank then this dreadful exploitation of human beings would not be happening. Or even better – try to form meaningful relationships with the people around you. You never know, one of them might like you enough to actually want to have sex with you.

Capitalism

But the simplest way of supporting a habit is to deal the stuff; it probably seems like it’s the most moral option too. The majority of people would choose not to steal, whereas heroin dealing is a logical extension of capitalism. Supply and demand.
Buying low and selling high, making a profit on each transaction. Possibly cutting it with brick dust or rat poison, or even other pharmaceutical opioids to make it more potent. Sounds like a typical entrepreneur – Alan Sugar would be proud – and the Dragons Den should embrace them.

Street-capitalism

Do we want a solution?

It seems to me that those already addicted are stuck between a rock and a hard place. Deal, kneel or steal – what a choice.

Surely the answer to many of society’s drug-related problems is for registered heroin addicts to be able to receive safe pharmaceutical grade heroin, from a specially registered doctor, who is authorised to prescribe it on the N.H.S.

Just think about it. If junkies got a regular safe supply from a doctor – for the price of a prescription – there’d be no need for them to deal the stuff to fund their habit.
Furthermore, they wouldn’t be trying to lure kids into a life of smack, and addicts wouldn’t need to go out on the rob or sell their bodies to pay for the gear. This would massively curtail the power of the vicious drug and sex gangs.

Painkiller

A life in a box

Let’s face it nobody starts taking heroin when they are at a good place in their life. It’s a desperate situation that gets people started. Morphine is a painkiller – I believe it mitigates against mental, emotional, and physical pain – which is why it becomes so popular with people who are suffering. Sadly it seems to be so effective that people get hooked very quickly.

I admit I’m no expert, and I have never knowingly taken it – well maybe once in the nineties, in a ‘brown speckled dove’. I have lost friends to heroin. I’ve known users and ex-users – smokers and injectors – and most of them were decent enough people.
Nobody wants to end up as a smack-head and social pariah, but it could happen to anyone. Heroin does not discriminate, it just requires a person to have had enough pain, misery or bad luck in their life – and for it to be offered to them at the wrong time.

Not that sort of speckled dove

A small aside

My daughter fell off a swing and broke her arm when she was about 8 years old. An ambulance was called, and when they turned up they offered her morphine as a pain killer. Okay, so far. But as they were administering it, the paramedics were telling her ‘You’ll like this, it will make you feel really nice’.

They were right, she did like it – she still remembers the high. But how responsible is it for paramedics to act like the morphine marketing team? I know they were doing their job – and generally doing it very well – but should they be telling children, ‘this is morphine it’s really nice, you’ll enjoy it’. For that could very well be the first step on the road to addiction, for an injured impressionable child.
My daughter still remembers the effect, and that was more than 10 years ago.

Time to change the paradigm

Pins and needles

Imagine if heroin was available on prescription, from a doctor and specialist, surely crime rates would plummet. Police resources could be redeployed, and there would be far fewer new addicts.
The users could be helped to use it safely, and programmes could be put in place to help addicts quit.

If they did quit, there would not be the pressure from fellow addicts, and old patterns of behaviour, to lure them back. There would also be little financial incentive for old acquaintances to reintroduce them to that paradoxical drug.

Chase jobs not dragons

Apparently, heroin doesn’t necessarily impair your ability to work, so perhaps addicts could be helped to find gainful employment – if they weren’t running around all day chasing their next dragon.
It all just seems so simple.

The heroin – like most street drugs – is not brought into the country by junkies. It is imported by businessmen, with money and connections, who make a profit from the misery of others. Capitalism and moral bankruptcy is the cause, wasted lives the effect.

Who benefits?

If we remove the possibility of outrageous profit from a drug, it ceases to be of interest to the wealthy parasites who currently prosper from the vile business. Unfortunately, those who profit the most from the illegal drugs trade, are the same financial elite who profit from all the other immoral industries. These same people also have tremendous influence over governments and lawmakers.

The crown estates

Ultimately, those at the top of the illegal heroin trade, have too much to lose from making it available on prescription. It’s a similar situation to alcohol prohibition in the U.S.A. in the 1920s. The gangsters make a fortune, and the criminals for whom the gangsters work, are the people who make the laws. They just get the ‘lower orders’ to do all the dirty work for them.

For example, they currently have squaddies guarding their poppy crops in Iraq and Afghanistan. The invasion of those countries wasn’t only about securing the oil supply, avenging 911, expanding Greater Israel, threatening Russia, training terrorists, creating a climate of instability and insecurity thus increasing arms sales, shoring up the petrodollar, and prosecuting an insane Holy war.

So useful but so easy to misuse

Nothing new under the sun

A similar thing happened with America in the Korean and Vietnam wars. These wars allowed the U.S.A. access to a rich source of the drug – the golden triangle – which produced most of the world’s opium in the 1950s and 60s. The C.I.A. imported the heroin to the States in bulk, via Air America, to fund their ‘black ops’ in other parts of the world. The Hells Angels – largely made up of war veterans – were integrated by the C.I.A. as a supply chain for this illegally imported drug.

The Golden Triangle[1] is the area where the borders of Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar meet at the confluence of the Ruak and Mekong Rivers en.wikipedia.
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There is evidence that all the above happened, but what is provably true, is difficult to say. However, there could not have been any illegal drug industries without involvement from those with connections in very high places.

Whose Law is it anyway

Law

Call me cynical, but if you’re wealthy and well-connected, you can get away with anything; it’s the same story everywhere across the world.

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If you are poor – then you’re guilty. No money, no rights. Humans and animals are treated exactly the same.

But I’m innocent!

Stress

The only time most people would use a lawyer is for, a divorce, a death, or buying a house. In fact, all the most difficult, and stressful times of one’s life seem to require a solicitor to be there, earning shit-loads from an already very expensive and difficult situation.

As with brewers and bookmakers, pimps and pushers – there’s a lot of money to be made from misery.

But that’s all chicken feed to a top corporate lawyer or a good criminal barrister. These people can earn fortunes while making it possible for heinous criminal acts to go unpunished.

We have the super-rich with their super-injunctions, and ‘Non-Disclosure Agreements’, signed by all parties who are likely to witness their immoral and possibly illegal acts. No-one can testify against these people, without themselves breaking the law, and so the wickedness continues – a widely recognised, but seldom exposed – murky area of private/public life.

Just keep your mouth shut.

Not in the public interest

Not in the public interest, my arse. I think you should let the public decide whether or not it’s in their interest.

If someone wants to stand for parliament, or stand on a stage, or on a pedestal, or in any way promote themselves to the public, then we have a right to know about them. The more powerful they become, the more we have a right to know.

If some pop-star or footballer cheats on his missus, I don’t care. A dickhead behaving like a dickhead – who’d have thought it? He didn’t win the X-factor because of his economic promises.

However if an m.p. cheats on his wife, then he has betrayed a person to whom he has made solemn vows. How can we, the electorate, trust a man/woman who deceives their life partner. You have to ask yourself ‘would this person lie to me?’

Loophole lawyers

Then there are Corporations constantly breaking moral law as well as Criminal Laws. They retain teams of sharp lawyers, who twist the legal loopholes to the requirements of their Corporate masters.

There are dreadful acts committed every day against the common good. From polluting the environment to tax evasion, none of which could be accomplished without teams of lawyers, whose job it is to find ‘legal’ ways of cheating us, the people.

I’m not a criminal, I’m a lawyer.

I suppose the cost of a brilliant and completely immoral person is totally prohibitive to all but the major corporations and the super-rich.

To represent that which they know to be evil, is wickedness itself.

But these justice perverters are regularly employed by psychopathic corporations*, and by incredibly wealthy and powerful individuals.

These incredibly wealthy and powerful individuals. are the only people who benefit from – and who stand above – the compartmentalised, pyramidal, hierarchical, structure which envelopes the rest of us.

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Their greatest asset is the ‘amoral genius’, and if a genius isn’t born amoral; they are ‘only human’, and are therefore corruptible, and probably blackmailable.

How come?

So how did we come to this sorry state of affairs?

A very brief and uneducated run down of English Law is required, I think.

It’s all down to hierarchies again.

In pre-Norman England, the law was administered by local courts, largely by custom. There was no centrally controlled system. William the Bastard (a.k.a. William the Conqueror) claimed the English throne in 1066 and changed all that.

Why is 1066 the best known date in history?

Royal Courts emerged from the King’s Council, and in order for the law to be standardised across the land, judges were appointed by the King.

These judges went to the local courts, to find the ‘best’ local laws, and then these were applied across the country. These local laws had developed over hundreds of years and were based on precedent. Precedent is a principle or rule, which has been established in a previous legal case.

This evolved into what became known as ‘Common Law’, and this, in turn, became the basis for legal systems across the British Commonwealth.

This system evolved and The House of Lords became the court of final appeal in the U.K. These appeals are dealt with by 12 judges.

Meanwhile, back at the clubhouse.

So the highest Law in the land is a club of 12 judges, who are members of a bigger club (the House of Lords). These Lords are either hereditary peers, with inherited wealth, land, and power; or they have been of particular service to the Queen or Prime Minister – usually acquiring wealth, land and power in that service. There are a further 28 Peers, and these are the Bishops in the Church of England.

Equal rights and justice?

What chance does a common man have against such an institution, with the super-rich so completely reliant on wealth and privilege, and absolutely dependent on maintaining the status quo?

For those immersed in the Law, it’s all an intellectual game of one-upmanship. They are seldom attached to the outcomes. However, a trip to court for the average person, is a massive ordeal, usually with life-changing consequences. But to a lawyer, it’s just another day at the office.

*Corporation by Joel Balkan?