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Cannabis - Marijuana & Hashish (1977)

Cannabis - Marijuana & Hashish (1977)

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To my wife Alexandra, without whom this book couldn't have been written.About the AuthorKleanthis Grivas (b. 1944) is a psychiatrist and neurologist. He has studied medicine and sociology and received his MD and his PhD inPsychiatry from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and is a regular contributor to a number of periodicals and to the newspapersThessaloniki (Thessaloniki) and Eleftherotypia (Athens). He was the editor of the `Critique of the Government's Draft Law on Drugs' (1986)by the Special Committee of the Medical Association of Thessaloniki. His publications (in Greek) include:
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Greece 1940-1974 (Athens: Dialogos, 1974)Greece in the 20th Century (Thessaloniki: 1981)Scapegoat: Mental `Illness' and Drug Addiction (Athens: Paideia, 1983)Public Health: Beating up on Socialisation (Athens: Stohastis, 1984)Psychiatric Totalitarianism: The Historical and Social Parameters of Psychiatry (doctoral thesis, Thessaloniki: lanos, 1985)The Authority of Violence: The Dead-end of Development, Terrorism, Violence, Drugs, Suicide, Rape, Psychiatric Totalitarianism(Thessaloniki: Ianos, 1987)Oppositional Psychiatry: Before the Authoritarian Remedial State (Thessaloniki: Ianos, 1989)Papandreism: A Dark Green Authoritarianism (Thessaloniki: Ekdotiki, 1989)Drugs and Power (Thessaloniki: Ekdotiki, 1990)Drugs: The Price of Suppression (Thessaloniki: Ekdotiki, 1991)Cannabis: Marihuana, Hashish - (Athens: Nea Synora-A.A.Livanis, 1994)Opiates: Morphine, Heroin, Methadone (Athens: Nea Synora-A.A.Livanis, 1995)Drug Prohibition: A Tool of Domestic and Foreign Policy (in press)I'm not in favour of mind-affecting substances; but I support their legalisation.Firstly, for moral reasons: no one but me has the right to decide which substances I shall or shall not consume.Secondly, for political reasons: society is not threatened by mind-affecting substances. The danger lies only in the authorities' repressivepolicy against them.The right to vote and the right to control my own body are essential aspects of my freedom.The right to vote is a fundamental aspect of my freedom as a citizen. And the right to control my body is a central aspect of my freedom as anindividual.To ban me from voting is to remove my right to exercise some measure of control over those in power, and consequently it suppresses myfreedom as a citizen.To ban mind-affecting substances is to remove my right to control my own body, and consequently it suppresses my freedom as anindividual.Paraphrasing Thomas Szasz 
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