Mescaline Mescaline is a psychedelic alkaloid that naturally occurs in some types of cacti (cactuses). Illegal in the United States, mescaline nevertheless remains a popular recreational drug, and is widely used among certain Native American tribes for spiritual activities.

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Old 08-16-2010, 08:41 PM
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I am not sure if you would agree with a leading doctor in the UK. Sir Ian Gilmore has called on the UK government to decriminalize drugs and instead treat it as a health issue.
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Well, he's not all for distributing heroin on the streets. Gilmore said that he would like the government to regulate the drugs, but individual use should be allowed. Gilmore said that decriminalizing drugs could help the government stamp out organized crime and pare down the violence.
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I agree. I think Gilmore takes the cue from Portugal. Portugal decriminalized drugs in 2001. Instead of usage shooting up, it actually went down! In fact, countries where drugs are illegal have higher incidents of drug abuse than those with liberal drug policies.
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I'm not sure what to think of this move. I think that it will only worsen the problem, not help it. On the other hand, we have empirical support to show that regulation of these drugs instead of criminalizing it has some benefits.
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