Decriminalisation of Drugs in Portugal - the real, real facts!
Decriminalisation of drugs in Portugal - the real facts!was written by Manuel PintoCoelho
(Chairman of APLD - Association for a Drug Free Portugal and member ofInternational Task Force on Strategic Drug Policy) on February 2nd, 2010.It sounds like an interesting title. But, published on the World Forum Against Drugs it isimmediately disqualiﬁed from seriously being considered accurate. The WFAD is a bastionof opinionated, pseudoscientiﬁc, deceptive, ideological, inhumane and intellectuallyinsulting pieces. Whilst such rambling today needs a response, I await the day of IllicitDrug Policy
s own version of
. We shall revisit Scopie in a moment.The article was brought to my attention by Jo Baxter, E.O. of Drug Free Australia. Jo hadtaken issue with Director of Alcohol and Drug Service St. Vincent
s Hospital, Sydney, AlexWodak's insightful piece "Agony over Ecstasy is helping no-one". It examined the arrest ofMatthew Chesher, a suddenly erstwhile ofﬁcial in the NSW government and hubby to statelevel minister Verity Firth, for purchasing an Ecstasy tablet. Recently returned from Lisbon,Wodak chose to reﬂect on Portugal
s vastly different policy and how this would have talliedwith one decent man
s desire for a recreational drug.Examination of Coelho
s piece reveals his wide sweeping claims do not begin to deservethe conﬁdence in which they are presented. Some can be shown as simply false. Other
sare a clever misrepresentation, whilst at best he can rely upon some few negatives whichin no way support his accusations of manipulated numbers, “opposite” realities or adamning proof of Portugal
s changed illicit drug legislation. Without defendingdecriminalisation itself, an examination of evidence shows Coelho to be in towering error.
originated on the Bad Science forum thanks to Rich Scopie and states;"
In any discussion involving science or medicine, citing Whale.to as a credible source loses you the argument immediately ...and gets you laughed out of the room."
In addition to
it also includes "Answers in Genesis" to argue Creationism, or"Educate-yourself.org". With respect to
The World Forum Against Drugs
, a strong casecan be made to include it also. At least in our busy world, and given the importance of drugpolicy, it seems we ﬁnd ourselves faced with the need for an equally efﬁcient device. Thisis entirely due to time wasting to stem from balderdash published there solely to convey anegative view - couched in phony "scientiﬁc" terms - of all manner of progressive policyinitiatives. Not least, illicit drug decriminalisation in Portugal, rejected by Drug Free,prohibition worshipping, anti-drug proponents who
present archaic, retributive,harmful, brutal, right wing fringe notions as rosy.
The text of
"Decriminalisation of drugs in Portugal - the real facts",
- Feb. 2010, was also published in aslightly updated form in Replies to
Drug Decriminalisation in Portugal, October 2010, BMJ.He really shouldn't have
continued the farce. Because
three months prior
the 2008 ﬁgureson Portugal were published, leaving him scant, if any pickings indeed.
Response to “Decriminalisation of Drugs in Portugal - the real facts!” by Manuel Pinto Coelho