There is no such thing as a ‘soft drug’. Drugs are poison, a scourge that we must fight! “. Looks like regulated cannabis is but a pipe dream in France at the moment
A group of 80 MPs in France have hit out against recent political arguments for the legalisation of cannabis, saying that there is no such thing as a “soft drug”. Reports Connexion
In an open letter, the MPs wrote: “There is no ‘soft drug’. Drugs are a poison, a plague that we must fight.”
The open letter was published in newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche on Sunday October 4. It continued: “In recent weeks, some mayors have restarted the debate by saying they are ‘for’ the legalisation of cannabis. We, MPs and Républicains senators, would like to remind them that we are strongly against this.”
The MPs writing against the drug include Bruno Retailleau, leader of the LR party in the Senate; Eric Ciotti, MP in Alpes-Maritimes; Gérard Longuet, senator of Meuse; and Philippe Bas, senator in Manche.
The letter comes after three MPs of the same party called for the legalisation of cannabis in the same newspaper last week, saying it is “the best way to eliminate selling and ruin drug dealers”.
But in the new letter, the 80 MPs reply: “Legalising the sale of cannabis will make current dealers turn towards other, even more dangerous substances. Just because law enforcement struggles to keep up with dealers, doesn’t mean that we should legalise the practice.
“If we did that, we would also need to legalise arms dealers, fiscal fraud, prostitution, and no longer punish excessive speed on the roads! We see in our constituencies, parents who are overwhelmed by seeing their child addicted, their families destroyed, friendships disappearing because of drugs. People lose their jobs and young people fall into delinquency to get cannabis.”
The letter adds that the MPs see cannabis and other drugs as the cause of “psychosis, schizophrenia, depression, school failure, dropping out of school, dropping out of society”. It concluded: “We share the words of the Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin: ‘Drugs are sh*t’.”
Mr Darmanin made the explicit statement in mid-September, when he said: “Drugs are sh*t. [I cannot say] as interior minister, as a politician, to parents who are fighting for their children to escape addiction to this drug, that we are going to legalise this sh*t.”
The 80 MPs said: “Even if cannabis is theoretically banned to minors, we know that children who see their parents consume drugs are more likely to be themselves consumers, as we already see with tobacco.”
Recreational cannabis use is illegal in France, but the Agence Nationale de Sécurité du Médicament is set to begin testing medical forms of the drug for clinical uses – such as the treatment of epilepsy, neuropathic pain, multiple sclerosis and chemotherapy side-effects – in January 2021.
“In recent weeks, some mayors have revived the debate by calling for the legalization of cannabis consumption. We, deputies and senators Les Républicains, want to remind that we are firmly opposed to it.
We share the words of the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin: ‘Drugs are shit!’
The reasoning of these mayors deserves a different approach: it is not because the police have difficulty in dealing with trafficking that the practice must be legalized! Otherwise it would also be necessary to legalize arms trafficking, tax evasion, prostitution and no longer penalize excessive speeds at the wheel!
The term ‘recreational use’ is scandalous when it comes to drugs, especially when you consider that almost 100% of heroin and cocaine users have started with cannabis.
We see parents in our ridings overwhelmed by seeing their child dependent, and families destroyed. We see friendships being lost because of drug use, people losing their jobs and young people falling into delinquency to get their cannabis supplies, because they don’t pay for their drugs with their pocket money!
Psychosis, schizophrenia, depression, school failure, dropping out of school, desocialization … The dramas linked to cannabis are numerous. We share the words of the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin: ‘Drugs are shit!’
Experimentation with the medical use of cannabis, which is expected to start in January 2021 and last two years, should not be used as a pretext for legalizing the use of ‘joints’. The use will be supervised by doctors for particularly painful pathologies which are not relieved by any other medication. Likewise, morphine is a molecule that doctors can prescribe, but the consumption of heroin, obtained from morphine, is still prohibited.
You have to be really naïve to believe that criminal networks will so easily allow themselves to be robbed of the immense gains of cannabis trafficking.
The traffickers and importers must be severely punished by justice, and resources must be given to our police. You have to be really naïve to believe that criminal networks will so easily allow themselves to be robbed of the immense gains from trafficking in cannabis. Legalizing the sale of cannabis will lead current sellers to turn to selling other even more dangerous and harmful substances!
We must explain to young people the damage caused by drugs by stopping presenting cannabis as a pleasant or even fun experience. In 2017, 23% of road fatalities were killed in an accident involving a driver under the influence of drugs. According to Nicolas Simon, professor of medicine specializing in addictology and president of the National Association for the prevention of alcohol and addictology (ANPAA): ‘The drug / alcohol cocktail multiplies by 29 the risk of having a fatal accident. At issue: the cumulative effects of feelings of power and disinhibition, combined with the weakening of reflexes. ‘
Cannabis is particularly dangerous for minors because it is also an endocrine disruptor
Even if cannabis remained theoretically forbidden to minors, we know that children who have seen their parents take drugs will also be consumers, as we can already see for tobacco … Young people have behaviors influenced by their friends, but also by their parents. parents. The value of example is important in education.
It should be remembered that cannabis is particularly dangerous for minors in whom its regular consumption can cause serious health problems, because it is also an endocrine disruptor. It is paradoxical, to say the least, that the firm opponents of bisphenol A are defenders of this product which disrupts hormonal and brain functions, reduces judgment, concentration and short-term memory as well as the ability to perform routine tasks. .
There is no such thing as a ‘soft drug’. Drugs are poison, a scourge that we must fight! “
The List of signatories:
- Pierre Cordier, deputy app. LR of the Ardennes
- Eric Ciotti, LR deputy for Alpes-Maritimes
- Bruno Retailleau, senator of the Vendée
- Valérie Beauvais, LR deputy for Marne
- Fabien Di Filippo, LR deputy for Moselle
- Marine Brenier, LR MP for Alpes-Maritimes
- Gérard Longuet, LR senator of the Meuse
- Julien Dive, LR deputy for Aisne
- Philippe Bas, Senator for La Manche
- Virginie Duby-Muller, LR MP for Haute-Savoie
- Constance Le Grip, LR MP for Hauts de Seine
- Julien Aubert, LR deputy for Vaucluse
- Valérie Boyer, LR senator of Bouches du Rhône
- Pierre-Henri Dumont, LR deputy for Pas de Calais
- Marc Le Fur, LR deputy for Côtes d’Armor
- Philippe Gosselin, LR deputy for La Manche
- Emmanuelle Anthoine, LR MP for Drôme
- Edith Audibert, LR MP for Var
- Jérôme Bascher, LR senator from Oise
- Thibault Bazin, LR deputy for Meurthe et Moselle
- Sandra Boëlle, LR MP for Paris
- Christine Bonfanti-Dossat, LR senator of Lot-et-Garonne
- Emilie Bonnivard, LR deputy of Savoie
- Gilbert Bouchet, LR senator from Drôme
- Jean-Luc Bourgeaux, LR deputy for Ille et Vilaine
- Bernard Brochand, LR deputy for Alpes-Maritimes
- Fabrice Brun, LR deputy for Ardèche
- Jacques Cattin, LR deputy for Haut-Rhin
- Pierre Charon, LR senator of Paris
- Marie-Christine Chauvin, LR senator from Jura
- Guillaume Chevrollier, LR senator from Mayenne
- Marta de Cidrac, LR senator of Yvelines
- Dino Cinieri, LR deputy for the Loire
- Josiane Corneloup, LR MP for Saône et Loire
- Marie-Christine Dalloz, LR MP for Jura
- Annie Delmont-Koropoulis, LR senator of Seine-Saint-Denis
- Chantal Deseyne, LR senator from Eure-et-Loir
- Marianne Dubois, LR deputy for Loiret
- Claude de Ganay, LR deputy for Loiret
- Jean-Jacques Gaultier, LR deputy of the Vosges
- Annie Genevard, LR deputy of Doubs
- Pascale Gruny, LR senator from l’Aisne
- Michel Herbillon, LR deputy for Val de Marne
- Patrick Hetzel, LR deputy for Bas-Rhin
- Alain Houpert, Senator of the Côte d’Or
- Else Joseph, LR senator of the Ardennes
- Mansour Kamardine, LR deputy for Mayotte
- Brigitte Kuster, LR MP for Paris
- Marc Laménie, LR senator of the Ardennes
- Florence Lassarade, LR senator from Gironde
- Henri Leroy, LR Senator of the Alpes-Maritimes
- Geneviève Lévy, LR MP for Var
- Vivette Lopez, Senator LR du Gard
- Véronique Louwagie, LR MP for Orne
- Emmanuel Maquet, LR deputy for the Somme
- Frédérique Meunier, LR MP for Corrèze
- Sébastien Meurant, LR senator of Val d’Oise
- Philippe Meyer, LR deputy for Bas-Rhin
- Alain Milon, LR senator from Vaucluse
- Laurence Muller-Bronn, LR senator from Bas-Rhin
- Olivier Paccaud, LR senator from Oise
- Bérengère Poletti, LR MP for the Ardennes
- Nathalie Porte, LR MP for Calvados
- Didier Quentin, LR deputy for Charente-Maritime
- Alain Ramadier, LR deputy for Seine-Saint-Denis
- Nadia Ramassamy, LR MP for Réunion
- André Reichardt, LR senator from Bas-Rhin
- Frédéric Reiss, LR deputy for Bas-Rhin
- Hugues Saury, LR senator from Loiret
- Antoine Savignat, LR deputy for Val d’Oise
- Jean-Marie Sermier, LR deputy for Jura
- Nathalie Serre, LR deputy from Rhône
- Bruno Sido, LR senator of Haute-Marne
- Michèle Tabarot, Member of Parliament for Alpes-Maritimes
- Robert Therry, LR deputy for Pas-de-Calais
- Claudine Thomas, LR senator of Seine-et-Marne
- Laurence Trastour Isnart, LR MP for Alpes-Maritimes
- Charles de la Verpillière, LR deputy for Ain
- Arnaud Viala, LR deputy for Aveyron
- Jean-Pierre Vigier, LR deputy for Haute-Loire