Russell Brand On The Benefits Of Legalizing Drugs

Authored by Adam Dick via The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity,

British commentator, comedian, and author Russell Brand has presented a short summation of some benefits from legalizing currently illegal drugs.

Brand, in a new video commentary, presents the summation in response to Stephen Glover’s Wednesday editorial in the Daily Mail that criticizes Britain’s Prince William for questioning publicly if drugs should be legalized while visiting with illegal drug users.

Brand, in the video commentary, calls the prince a “rogue,” yet commends him for both “meeting with addicts” and “asking an intelligent question.”

“My personal experience is making drugs illegal simply inconveniences addicts, turns addicts into criminals, and exacerbates the problems,” says Brand.

Continuing, Brand argues that,

“...by legalizing drugs, you would be able to address the problem at its essence - a mental health problem, a problem of need, a problem of loneliness and loss.”

Also, in response to the editorial’s message that “parents groan” at the idea of legalization, Brand responds in part,

“I’m a parent, and I think I’d rather my kid grew up in a world where drugs were legalized so we can have an honest, clear conversation.

Given the scheduled October 3 release of Brand’s book Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions, we can expect to hear more from Brand regarding the drug war and drug legalization in the coming weeks.

Comments

not dead yet Stuck on Zero Sun, 09/24/2017 - 05:29 Permalink

He's wrong on every level. He's also an ex addict so he should know better. I love the big lie that if we legalize drugs we can control them. Like we control alcohol and ciggys? BUT!! Americans have spoken they want their booze, butts, and every flavor of drugs so let them have them. If they are that stupid they need to learn the hard way and no freebee rehab and free halfway houses if they finally wise up. Pay or go cold turkey. The shrinks are drooling over legalization as it will put their profession into hyper growth mode and they can crank the hourly rates to the moon. Rolls Royces and huge yachts for every shrink.The idea of the war on drugs is a great one. The reality, like most intellectual ideas, is the war is a complete disaster and creates more problems than it fixes. If it fixes any at all. Time to end the war and transfer the glory hunting door kicking DEA shock troops to handing out parking tickets. Or they can be the ones collecting the bodies and delivering them to the funeral homes when the overdoses skyrocket. No sympathy for the dead idiots but there will be plenty of live idiots claiming the dead were victims. Of course there will be plenty of politicians, cops, DEA agents, and others who will be taking huge pay cuts as their pay from the cartels for looking the other way will dry up with legalization. Lots of defense lawyers and jailers out of work and having to flip burgers to keep the lights on.

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Citium not dead yet Wed, 09/27/2017 - 00:09 Permalink

Evidence show Overdoses go down with full decriminilization. Look at Portugal... They are the model for the rest of the world to follow. Im sorry but youre wrong. My town voted to put in a liqour store as its been a dry county and town for its entire existence. The local newspaper said alcohol would bring in the whores and the gangs and guess what fucking didnt happen...? Your argument is essentially the same. If we leave people to their vices their all going to become drug addicted zombies. The current mindset is a criminal one and it should be a mental health issue. So no he is not wrong and no as a former addict myself I believe in complete across the board decriminilization. The war on drugs is a war on personal freedom, keep that in mind at all times. - Bill Hicks

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Chupacabra-322 BLOTTO Sat, 09/23/2017 - 14:37 Permalink

@ BLOTTO,

Marijuana is the repackaged, marketed Gas Light term TPTB came up with to demonize & criminalize it into the minds of the Slaves.

It's Cannabis Savtiva..

(Marijuanna) was weaponized.

As per Radical Marijuana a poster on ZH:

The single best plant on the planet for people, for food, fiber, fun and medicine, was rebranded as "marijuana which is almost as bad as murder," and those huge legalized lies were backed up by lots of legalized violence for decade after decade, while the mainstream mass media brainwashed people to believe in those huge lies.

"Legalization" is NOT based on more radical hemp truths, but is based on compromises with the original huge lies. Therefore, that kind of bogus "legalization" has added tools of exploitation to the previous tools of prohibition, that were made by the history of weaponizing cannabis. Instead of a source of wealth for everyone, the pot plant continues to be another way that a few people profit from ripping off everyone else, who are not in a position to effectively resist the CLASS WARFARE being waged against them.

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ebear Juliette Sat, 09/23/2017 - 16:25 Permalink

Hemp is the male plant.  The female plant is what you smoke.And Marijuana is just a girl's name.  Nothing sinister about that.Incidentally, some people (myself included) have adverse reactions to alcohol, such as blocked sinuses, headaches and hot flushes, not to mention the inevitable hangover.  Trust me, it's not much fun, and it's even less fun watching others have fun if you can't.  For that reason, dope and booze are on equal footing at our social events, the only rule being that (as with cigarettes) you go outside because it stinks up the joint (pun intended).  Anything harder than that - sorry, you're at the wrong party.  

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Malleus Maleficarum Still Losing Money Sat, 09/23/2017 - 16:03 Permalink

I'm a ZHer, and I wasn't bitching about the so-called "opioid crisis." I don't care about making drugs available to people - I care about making freedom available to people. If they are irresponsible with that freedom, there could be consequences, health or otherwise. And yes, in a free society, if a dying smoker wants a smoke or a dying alcoholic wants a drink, and they can pay for one, then I see no reason why they shouldn't have one. It's not harming you, and besides, they're dying! Freedom is terrifying, and many Americans have become busy-body, moralizing, hypocritic cowards. Sad!

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lucitanian Malleus Maleficarum Sat, 09/23/2017 - 16:26 Permalink

Speaking of freedom, drugs, and the opiate epidemic in US society, you do realize don't you that the entire "drug culture" was an experiment by your CIA in social engineering, which started in the late 1950's under the name of MK Ultra.A dumbed-down drug addled society is far easier to brainwash.CIA Social Control Through Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n Roll

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Malleus Maleficarum Banana Republican Sat, 09/23/2017 - 15:58 Permalink

Yeah, he's right, but for the wrong reasons. Now the desire for ownership of your own body and what goes in it is being conflated with being mentally ill? Most drug users are responsible, and most of the problems of drug use stem from Prohibition, itself. That's a no-brainer, and Prohibition should be completely ended, postehaste. But people use drugs for many reasons: to alleviate real physical pain, boredom, excitement, etc. The kind of 'black and white' thinking demonstrated in this article is a huge reason Western society is fucked, and it reeks of a dark ulterior motive to label anyone who doesn't conform to TPTB archetype as mentally ill. 

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BritBob Sat, 09/23/2017 - 14:15 Permalink

Cannabis & Mental health problemsThere is growing evidence that people with serious mental illness, including depression and psychosis, are more likely to use cannabis or have used it for long periods of time in the past.  Regular use of the drug has appeared to double the risk of developing a psychotic episode or long-term schizophrenia. However, does cannabis cause depression and schizophrenia or do people with these disorders use it as a medication?Over the past few years, research has strongly suggested that there is a clear link between early cannabis use and later mental health problems in those with a genetic vulnerability - and that there is a particular issue with the use of cannabis by adolescents.

  • Depression

A study following 1600 Australian school-children, aged 14 to 15 for seven years, found that while children who use cannabis regularly have a significantly higher risk of depression, the opposite was not the case - children who already suffered from depression were not more likely than anyone else to use cannabis. However, adolescents who used cannabis daily were five times more likely to develop depression and anxiety in later life.(Royal College of Psychiatrists) 

OverTheHedge Winston Churchill Sat, 09/23/2017 - 15:06 Permalink

I thought he was a bot.Probably he WAS a bot, but Zerohedge is one of those p!aces where you just can't help yourself.I could give it up any time I wanted to. I don't need Zerohedge, I just read it socially. Every day, in every way, I am getting better and better.Legalise drugs, but for god's sake  make Zerohedge a banned substance. It's for the children. 

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HockeyFool OverTheHedge Sat, 09/23/2017 - 15:30 Permalink

I had a friend in high school eventually diagnosed as schizophrenic, he was much worse when he smoked pot. Much worse.As soon as he stopped he was able to function as a normal person (when he took his other meds).WHen he fell off the wagon and started smoking weed again, he'd lose his job, end up wandering the streets, psyc ward, institutions.Back and forth for years until he finally gave up weed for good.So I have seen first hand that people with mental illness are NOT helped by smoking weed.

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