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    Default What a shock - Head-shop ban has had "little effect"

    Those of us who warned that the tabloid and Joe Duffy inspired crusade against head shops would only lead to the substances being pushed underground and into the hands of criminals have unsurprisingly been shown to be correct.

    According to yesterday's Sunday Independent:

    It means that rather than destroying the market for drugs previously sold in the shops -- as was hoped for by Health Minister Mary Harney who introduced the ban -- the drugs have simply moved on to the black market.

    And the danger they pose has increased because members of the public may take the drugs, without realising what they are taking, and can underestimate both the dose they can tolerate, and the effects the drug may have.
    Another specialist, Dr Colin O'Gara, a consultant psychiatrist working in addiction services at St John of God Hospital in Dublin, says the advent of the drugs caused serious problems, but the recent ban on head shops hasn't even reducing the problem.

    "Five years ago, cocaine was 100 per cent of the problem, but now it's 50 per cent, with the rest being made up of head-shop drugs such as methadrone.

    "We are about where we were before -- dealing with a serious volume."
    Docs warn head-shop ban has little effect - National News, Frontpage - Independent.ie

    This was so depressingly predictable, but such is the braindead nature of political 'thought' and 'discussion' in this hole of a country, that the few people who spoke up before the idiotic ban were derided as being soft on drugs. I hope the likes of Grainne Kenny are proud of themselves.

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    Well, I never. This must be a first of some sort. Prohibition has never been known to fail.

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    Sure this was a no brainer....did they really think that by making something illegal, people would no longer want it??

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    Sure, it had the effect of keeping people's mind off Fianna Fail's handling of the economy for a couple of weeks. Job done, RTE!

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    The govt went along with ban within the context of poor ratings, they thought being seen to act towards a media driven threat would win them popular support.

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    regulation, regulation, regulation...........

    but the 'duffys law' gang won out, and dermo latched on....

    quick and simple legislation is bad, always....

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    Just as the unlawful carnal knowledge law introduced in a rush in 2006 following the Liveline inspired hysteria about 'Mr A' was flawed and had to be amended, so with the simple-minded desire to ban head-shops.

    We never learn

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    Quote Originally Posted by borntorum View Post
    Just as the unlawful carnal knowledge law introduced in a rush in 2006 following the Liveline inspired hysteria about 'Mr A' was flawed and had to be amended, so with the simple-minded desire to ban head-shops.

    We never learn
    That is the truth.
    Be seen to do something is the name of the game.
    Don't worry about the fact that it is ineffectual.
    Its only a chat, we ain't the world council.

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    Everybody knew prohibition would solve nothing.
    What will be interesting is when this year's crime figures are released in 2011.
    They will show a spike in drug related crime from the time the head store products were banned.
    John Drennan: We should be careful not to turn Ivor into a mythological figure, for Ivor Callely is a greedy, self-centred fool. Rather like his suits, he was one of the more lurid examples of how Fianna Fail betrayed the principles of the Republic, and itself, out of greed.

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    Weirdly enough, if they had legalised the lot, and in so doing sorted out the criminality, the economy and disorder in the country at a single stroke, they'd probably be re-elected next time round.

    In a way I'm glad they stuck with pandering to the biddy vote stagegy.

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