Canvassing for Opinion - aka "Blairs Brain on Cannabis"

IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Saturday, August 27, 2016

On Unintended Consequences and Resolving the Tensions Surrounding Cannabis

A significant amount of prohibitions unintended consequences are born on those who have nothing to do with cannabis and other drugs. Though too, it should be noted that the greater part of the cannabis supply network is invisible and largely conducted benignly. What other business is consensually conducted without advertising and other impost, that turns over about a billion dollars a year, requires little to no management, security or energy, generates miniscule pollution and there is not a lawyer, accountant, banker or OSH official in sight. Consider the prevalence of use, where our very own longitudinal study of some >35 yrs (Christchurch Health and Development Study) identified that 4 out of 5 of our surveyed community had tried cannabis more than five times. (read: law in disrepute), now consider who they are.... they are our neighbours, they are our family, our parents, children, uncles and aunts; they are our friends, they are who we do business with, they are who we obtain professional services from and they are who we sleep with. They could even be us! Imagine all of them with criminal convictions, as the LAW intended. Who would that serve? We must deconstruct the hyperbole and fifty years of potaganda and see it for what it is: Cannabis law reform is a neighbourhood issue. It is about us.

Blair Anderson http://mildgreens.blogspot.com
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Monday, February 22, 2016

Teaching the Teachers, Hanoi School for Blind Children

'Trust but carry a Big Stick' 
Introducing the White Cane to Enhance Mobility
Inclusive Education,  Hanoi, Vietnam November 2015.
 
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May your Karma run over your Dogma!

Dogma is a principle or set of principles or tenets concerning faith, morals, behavior, etc., laid down by an authority as incontrovertibly true. It serves as part of the primary basis of an ideology or belief system.
High Priest of Dogma?
 
http://thedailyblog.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/article-2233.jpg
 
It is in the uncompromisingness with which dogma is held and not in the dogma or want of dogma that the danger lies.   /   Samuel Butler (1835 - 1902), The Way of All Flesh

Blair Anderson http://mildgreens.blogspot.com

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Thursday, June 04, 2015

Drug Dogs Get the Pink Slip! [So too should the handler]

http://www.alternet.org/drugs/pot-legalization-casualties-oregon-drug-dogs-get-pink-slip

The same argument should be applied to entire drug enforcement teams....
They suffer the same affliction as the Dogs, synaptic lock down believing for so long that what they do amounts to 'some good'. Any coerced change in underlying ethos will only give them Post Trauma Syndrome and a Suppressed Guilt Complex as they struggle with saying Sorry to all those they have busted and risk acute epilepsy like symptoms as they are compelled to walk past a 'sophisticated grow lab'.

Blair Anderson http://mildgreens.blogspot.com
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Sunday, December 28, 2014

The Kiwi Golden Eagle

Lake Ellesmere (Waihora) Xmas 2014
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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Richard Branson, Caroline Lucas & Anne-Marie Cockburn on October 30th UK...



Blair Andersonhttp://mildgreens.blogspot.com
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Friday, September 05, 2014

Vote for Class D

If smoking cannabis is not such a big deal, how can merely helping people obtain it justify locking anyone in a cage for years, or taking their house and other property premised on prohibition's marginal risk, or deny the ethical right to adult consensual behaviour by use of covert and overt force.

Ending marijuana prohibition as the m...
Ending marijuana prohibition as the most popular vote on citizensbriefingbook.change.gov 

Vote for Class D, if anyone has the balls to call it.

Blair Anderson http://mildgreens.blogspot.com
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Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Womens Health and Wellbeing "Buggered By Cannabis Law"

Womens Health and Wellbeing "Buggered By Cannabis Law" says advocate for political resolution.



The researchers stress that marijuana and alcohol are associated with unique adverse outcomes in teens. Outcomes differ by sex and race/ethnicity, and perception or experience of adverse outcomes may also be related to legal status and associated stigma.

Public health interventions may be more effective by focusing on prevention and harm reduction strategies for these drug-specific outcomes."We hope that the findings of this study will contribute to the ongoing debate on marijuana policy and its perceived harm when compared to alcohol," concluded Dr. Palamar.



see Womans Health and Wellbeing "buggered by cannabis law" in the report at http://www.news-medical.net/news/20140901/Study-compares-harms-of-marijuana-use-with-alcohol-use.aspx

These sure are "unique adverse outcomes" - regular users caught in proportion to posession risk, a direct function of zero tolerance policing? under law.. 

Consider too the supply chain in New Zealand, largely friendly networks where Growers are at 100% risk, and perceptions of law 100% alienated.

Whereas: Cannabis consumers make good friends!
Alcohol consumers need to "Hang on to their mates!" (Canterbury District Health Board, Community and Public Health Poster) 


This research sure makes a mockery of the longheld attitude within Healthy Christchurch, clearly inconsistent with 'all voices at the table' Ottawa Charter principles. 

Perhaps the authors comments on cannabis and its social ecology, adverse consequences and disabled health promotion has a higher relevance now. 




Time to source and distribute some reality drug education to all New Zealand political candidates.... especially the ones who profess to care about the youth, who on this issue seemingly are happy we are doing enough! 

Journalistic 'devils advocates' have long shaped the political dialog. [Hone's about turn questioned? Good lord media, is alcohol advertising paying your wages?]

Med Pot doesn't do justice to the argument. Emotionally yes, but the harms remain. This is the Justice to administer 'honestly' and the failure to resolve it, is the f'email/male scandal of the century. We should equally be embarrassed.... 'the stigma' and negative association with mental health is a travesty. 


Although cannabis users did not differ from other substance users in terms of positive psychotic symptoms, multivariate analysis revealed that they were significantly younger, less likely to use alcohol above safe limits, more likely to be of Black or Asian ethnicity, more likely to be noncompliant with antipsychotic medication, and had fewer negative symptoms than other substance users.
see http://www.news-medical.net/news/20130305/Quitting-cannabis-may-not-alleviate-psychosis.aspx 

For the price of a free lunch, we could have best practice education and restore Labour's Class D 'all drug policy' -Restricting substances [regulations] are the required bottom line for heralding good governance, social stability and economic conservatism, without which our reality post 20th Sept will be a somnambulistic cactus cake.

Class D is the Stuff of Social Capital! The research is in, it is exonerative.

We have a choice, Stay Sick or Get Well Soon.






Social Ecology and Public Health

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