Swiss: Yes to heroin, No to weed. Oh man…
Good news for all heroin addicts out there. Now there’s a new place just right for you!
Think of luscious chocolates, elegant watches and scenic Alps. Yes junkies, you got it right! Welcome to Switzerland.
On Sunday, Swiss voters approved a change in health policy that would provide prescription heroin to addicts.
The United States and the U.N. narcotics board have criticized the program as potentially fueling drug abuse, but several other governments have started or are considering their own programs modeled on the system.
According to the Associated Press, 68% of voters supported the plan, making the heroin program permanent. It has been credited with reducing crime and improving the health and daily lives of addicts since it began in 1994.
Sorry potheads, but the Swiss appear to have rejected the decriminalization of cannabis.
Olivier Borer, 35, a musician from the northern town of Solothurn, said he welcomed the outcome in part because state action was required to help heroin addicts, but he said legalizing marijuana was a bad idea.
“I think it’s very important to help these people, but not to facilitate the using of drugs,” Borer said.
“You can just see in the Netherlands how it’s going. People just go there to smoke.”
This is how it goes in Geneva:
Patients (addicts) come to clinics each day, where they inject the drug under medical supervision — a safe place to take heroin produced by a government-approved laboratory.
Jo Lang, a Green Party member of parliament, said he was disappointed in the failure of the marijuana measure because it means 600,000 people in Switzerland will be treated as criminals because they use cannabis.
“People have died from alcohol and heroin, but not from cannabis,” Lang said.
God bless Amsterdam!