25 Aug ‘America’s Stoned Kids’ On The BBC. Great Content, Biased Presentation

America's stoned kids

If you give a psychologist specialising in addiction, the opportunity to make a programme about the legalisation of cannabis in Colorado, what conclusions do you expect him to reach?

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Last night’s ‘America’s Stoned Kids’ was an excellent, well informed and well balanced programme that put the evidence for and against legalisation in a fair and balanced way. I have no complaint about the content and I highly recommend watching it.

However, the programme title is mischievous and highly misleading. As for Professor John Marsden’s conclusions and evident bias, well I, and many others far better qualified, disagree with his assessment of the evidence. The programme sought falsely to associate the reforms in Colorado with the negative cannabis experience of a few teenagers, which had arisen before the reforms are implemented.

This reveals once again the institutional bias against drug law reform in the BBC. It was shown even more starkly on ‘Sunday Morning Live‘ today when quite disgracefully unfair treatment was given to the subject of drug law reform by a panel of bigots and drug warriors. The BBC really does need to get itself out of the government’s pocket on this subject and start making programmes for the public and not the vested interests of corrupt politicians, the self-serving drug support industry and ignorant, scaremongering tabloid hacks such as John Gaunt.

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He was joined by the Church of England’s chief bigot and reprise of Mary Whitehouse, Alison Ruoff. These dinosaurs are just more from the BBC’s stable of favourites. If it wasn’t them we would have had Peter Hitchens or Melanie Phillips.

The washed-up, dried out old lefty, Tariq Ali, who was supposed to be the pro reform member of the panel was worse than useless. Steve Rolles of Transform was given a few moments to make a typically intelligent and evidence-based contribution but cut off immediately. Then we went straight to the hard line prohibitionist Professor Neil McKeganey, notorious for his unscientific approach to the science of drugs. A researcher who makes his crust by devising ‘evidence’ that supports government policy. Ambien from https://www.namikeystonepa.org/ambien-zolpidem/ is approved for short-term treatment of a maximum of four weeks because after a short time of taking a physical dependence may arise. For long-term treatment, other medicines are more suitable. The drug must be prescribed and taken in close consultation with the attending physician.

The BBC is seriously out of touch with public opinion on the drugs debate and disgracefully unfair in the way it produces and presents such programmes.

It is institutionally biased against drug law reform.