Just been looking at theHome Office drugs classification.
Class A: Ecstasy, LSD, heroin, cocaine, crack, magic mushrooms, amphetamines (if prepared for injection). 7 years if caught in possession.
Class B: Amphetamines, Cannabis, Methylphenidate (Ritalin), Pholcodine.
Up to 5 years.
Class C: Tranquilisers, some painkillers, Gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB), Ketamine. 2 years.
Well, well, well.
I shall have to warn patients with severe non productive cough that the Pholcodine cough medicine I prescribe should not be sold to anyone, otherwise they could get up to 14 years for dealing.
I have seen ugly, violent confusional behaviour from someone on Ketamine, (an also quite a few people on alcohol) but this in the estimation of Government is less of a threat to the fabric of society than the loved-up behaviour of someone on Ecstasy.
It is well known that journalists and politicians are fond of alcohol. Maybe they have taken a liking to Ketamine also. It would explain their thinking. Nothing else does.
I'm at a loss for words. Have to leave it to Shakespeare:
Lord, what fools these Home Office policy makers be!