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Awakening

by Bliss

Photo by Arne Beck

Bliss

In 2020 our society still hold laws based on fear, stigma and prejudice. 

2020 – A historic year for Norwegian drug policy. 

“The change will take some time, but that means a changed vision: those who have a substance abuse problem should be treated as ill, and not as criminals with classical sanctions such as fines and imprisonment.”

In March 2018, the government appointed a committee to prepare the implementation of the government’s drug reform, where responsibility for society’s response to the use and possession of illegal drugs for personal use is transferred from the justice sector to the health service.

The Official Report is now on public consultation to April 2, 2020. The goal of the Government is to propose necessary legal changes based on the reports findings. 

Much can be said about the «War on drugs».  We know for a fact that it has not been successful. What we don’t talk about is the fact that alcohol and a wide range of prescription drugs are the most dangerous of all drugs both for our own body and in contact with others despite its legality.

It is time we recognize that the old laws were imposed due to fear, stigma and concern for our citizens, and also due to a fear of change, change in people and change in a capitalist society. We fear the unknown and especially psychedelics posed a threat to war nations and the capitalist mindset. 

«The kids taking LSD aren’t gonna fight your wars, they are not going to join your cooperations.»

 – Timothy Leary

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