What with all the other government crackdowns going on, you can be excused for having missed last week’s news that the Hungarian government is planning a new crackdown on drugs, including some tougher punishment for people who aren’t really drug dealers but who occasionally hook up their friends. More chilling still: The new anti-drug push may focus on of all things, marijuana. Dudes!
A few days before the latest war on drugs was announced, a report by the National Drug Focus Point revealed that cannabis is not only the most popular illegal drug in Hungary, but that 70% of illegal drug users getting treatment do so for cannabis. And this, writes hirado.hu, means that among EU member states, Hungary has perhaps the highest proportion of “problem” tokers.
If that sounds weird, that’s because it is. According to the pot-bloggers at Kenderzsupp, the much-bandied figure doesn’t take into account the fact the actual number of cannabis users who received treatment, which was 3,013 in 2009. This means that if half a million Hungarians smoke weed – which is the blog’s estimate – only 0.6% received treatment.
Freakier still, this number isn’t based on people looking for help: 88% of those getting “help” for their hemp “problem” didn’t ask for treatment because they or their family thought they needed it, but because they chose it as an alternative to criminal charges they might have faced for simply getting caught smoking a joint – even before the latest crackdown. Harsh.