Regular readers of this blog know my stance on drugs. While I am non-judgemental on people who use and abuse drink and drugs, I make no secret of the fact that I am anti drink and anti drugs.
And it is with dismay that I see the Scottish Liberal Democrats will be advocating at their spring conference that heroin, cocaine, and ecstasy users should face police warnings instead of prison if found with small amounts of drugs for their personal use.
Now I'm not for one minute suggesting jail is the place for drug users. In fact the opposite is true. Jailing addicts is most certainly NOT the answer to our country's drug problem.
The issue here - which the Lib Dems don't seem to be able to see - is that legalising drugs sends a message to young people that drug use is acceptable.
I know, I know, that's not what the Lib Dems are saying. But it doesn't matter which way they try to dress it up - the message they do want to send is not the message that youngsters are gonna take from it.
Simply put, saying you're not going to prosecute them for it tells them it's ok to do it. It's teenage logic.
I wonder if any of the LibDems have kids of their own?
Since we already know that many kids are introduced to drugs as young as 11 years old, I just wonder if any Lib Dems out there will be sitting down with their pre-teens to assure them that Daddy has fixed it so that the police won't arrest them for possessing heroin, cocaine, and ecstasy if it's only for their own personal use.
Yeah, thought so. You're not so liberal when it's on your own door-step are you eh?