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

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

A critical review and analysis: Cannabis education in schools (report)

A critical review and analysis: Cannabis education in schools (report): "The current Australian approach to cannabis education is, in theory, based on harm reduction but in practice, teachers are in a difficult position if they want to openly discuss the issues around student cannabis use. Consequently, cannabis education tends to equate to providing information as to the harms associated with use. Drug education needs to be seen by students as something more than propaganda and for this to happen it needs to acknowledge what students already know by direct or indirect experience, which is that drug use can be enjoyable. One of the reasons Australian alcohol education programs have been so well received by students and teachers is that they deal openly with both sides of the decision making equation (Farringdon et al, 1999; McLeod, 1997). Cannabis education in Australia needs to do the same thing if it is to be relevant to students´┐Ż decision making about cannabis use."

This wasn't obvious to the candidates for city governance at the "met the candidates @ Windsor School" , hosted by the Burwood community and NewzTalkZB last night.
Our communities are in dangerous hands when even discussing the vices is off the agenda.

Harm reduction is an unheard of concept. Zero tollerance and "i've seen the harms, the prisons are full of it" suggests a very nieve public position. Absent is any discussion on prostitution, gambling, alcohol and nicotine - yet all are administered by the City by-laws and all are subject to charge of "harms'.

The community debate is debased if such ill-informed (and failed) policy standards are allowed to determine the mores of the city.
Blair Anderson, Educators for Sensible Drug Policy [NZ] and Mayoral candidate - Christchurch City
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