Head shop ban is no solution
Published 25/03/2010 | 05:00
I really feel the debate on head shops is lacking a couple of vital insights which I think must be highlighted, particularly in light of the holier-than-thou organisations seeking to have them closed, lock, stock and barrel.
Firstly, the fact that head shops are opening at all indicates that there is a significant demand for such products, and it would be wise to acknowledge this.
People who wish to alter their minds -- be it with alcohol, herbs, or chemicals -- will always find someone to satisfy their needs. It is clear to me that the clandestine culture of drug supply that has developed over the past decade or so has had an entirely negative social impact. Drug users have become marginalised, while drug suppliers have become incredibly vicious and violent, to such an extent that they now, in some cases, pose a threat to the state.