Police Drugs Tests at Glastonbury

Police Drugs Tests at Glastonbury

Glastonbury : United Kingdom | Jun 25, 2011 at 7:23 AM PDT
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Judi Dench and other celebrities signed a petition calling for the government to review drug laws

by mikefreeman

As U2 played to the Glastonbury crowd "Where The Streets Have No Name, One, With Or Without You and Beautiful Day" police searched the peaceful music loving fans with binoculars for signs of euphoria and happy faces while filming them with long range lenses.

Baroness Browning, Crime Prevention Minister said in Parliament police tactics would : "would help protect young people from the real dangers posed by these drugs".

"We must send a clear message to anyone who takes so-called legal highs: You are playing Russian roulette with your health."

Later confiscated recreational substances were tested in an off-site lab to test "legal" and illegal drugs seized at Glastonbury.

There were a number of legal high shops on the Glastonbury site selling recreational substances that had not been banned yet .

But they were analysed by the police using the Early Warning System, formulas were transmitted over the internet to forensic science laboratories ,so as to enact emergency legislation and "temporary" 12-month bans on new psychoactive drugs to add them to the growing list of illegal drugs..

Festival organisers refused a police request to access the festival toilets to allow forensic scientists to test sewage for traces of illegal drugs!

The testing of drugs on site reminded me of when I lived in Amsterdam and the dance raves that I used to go to. The friendly Dutch police would set up a testing laboratory on site and test drugs such as Es (MDMA) free and then give them back with info on whether they were harmful. That is the difference between protecting the population or persecuting them.

Meanwhile in Britain enormous sums of money are being wasted on the continuing and unrelenting "war on drugs" that is a war on the people.

The coalition government has ignored the recent report of Global Commission on Drug Policy that said that the war on drugs has been lost and that illegality punished harmless users.

An open letter was sent to the Prime Minister of the Coalition Government David Cameron signed by famous artistes of stage, screen and the music world including: Dame Judi Dench, Sting and Julie Christie and Richard Branson.

The letter called for the possession of all drugs to be decriminalised said: "We need to reduce the harm caused by drugs …we cannot afford to go on pretending the war on drugs is working

But the Prime Minister carries on his costly and useless war on drugs and on the people, proving that he does not really want to protect them from harm but to punish them for consuming substances that do less social damage than legal alcohol and nicotine that are available everywhere...

Drugs Squad Police have made more than 150 arrests so far in order to "protect" people"

If a five year moratorium on the possession of cannabis (the main recreational substance of choice if available) then most other more dangerous drugs including "legal" would not be used or abused.

Meanwhile corrupt members of the Drugs Squad, drug racketeers, and wealthy lawyers are celebrating the continuing "drugs war on the people" and hoping that corruption at high levels will go on forever!

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mikefreeman is based in London, England, United Kingdom, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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