One of the most enjoyable things to do after dropping a tab of acid or one of the newer, legal substances out there is to go out for a wander to see and experience the chemically enhanced world outside. I for one used to enjoy taking a bellyful of magic mushrooms and watching the Fawley oil refinery across Southampton Water from my old Warsash Maritime College. Already weird and wonderful flames in the darkness could be really improved with a dose of something that altered my perceptions. It was so much fun indeed, I spent far more time tripping than I did actually doing college work, but that’s a different story!
Portsmouth sees sense through the fog of hype
Campaigners have pushed Portsmouth City Council to considering a new bylaw to prevent people from taking novel psychedelic substances in the streets of the city. The council considered the idea, pushed for by a father of a lad who’s ‘life had been destroyed by becoming hooked on synthetic cannabis and cocaine’.
Portsmouth didn’t enact the bylaw, seemingly taking a view verging on the sensible towards it. The councillor responsible for environment and community safety, Rob New said, “We know this would have very little effect, because we know people are not taking legal highs in public spaces.”
Campaigners had sought a similar bylaw to that passed by Lincoln and Leicester where councils have claimed some success in various crackdowns on legal highs. Police claimed that during one such clampdown, “So far, more than 100 people have been spoken to in relation to the order, with many voluntarily surrendering substances.”
Despite the claims of Lincoln’s authorities, Portsmouth’s Cllr New thinks that the laws just don’t work. Portsmouth’s The News reported that he said “the order was a ‘headline grabber’ in those areas and had not had any ‘sustained victory’”.
Crackdowns in other cities on other bad habits have worked. Around 10 years ago a mate of mine was the first person to be punished for dropping a cigarette in Bristol. He was filmed on HTV News being accosted by a council officer for dong it and ordered to pick it up. He naturally told her to go back into her lair and stop bothering him in no uncertain terms, and she took objection to it, calling the police who boarded the bus with him to arrest him, all of which appeared on the evening news. He was fined £60. In a recent incident a woman in the same city was fined £1000 and threatened with prison for dropping a butt out of her flat window.
What can I do about it?
Such laws can be enacted by our local councils and depending on how well enforced they are they can work. I for one won’t drop a fag out on the street in Bristol! It also depends on whether ideology or sense is followed by the councils considering such laws. In Portsmouth’s case, sense overruled the ideological urge to crack down on psychonauts. What can you do? Head shops in towns across the UK need to organise where such bylaws are being considered. There’s a network through the UKCSC and by local shops working together through their cannabis clubs, you can encourage sense to beat local crackdowns. Look over to the USA where at a larger level they have succeeded in several states to overpower the DEA by legalising weed. We can do the same here too…
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