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

Sunday, December 12, 2004

LEAP "Down Under" Report (2004 highlights)

LEAP - 2004 Highlights

The LEAP "Down Under" Tour

In April 2004 LEAP conducted a tour of New Zealand with Jack Cole, Eleanor Schockett and Eddie Ellison. From an organizational point of view, this was the speakers bureau toughest assignment to date. Working with activists in New Zealand, we scheduled dozens of civic clubs, radio interviews and visits with public officials, including the Kiwi drug czar and the health minister. Presentations were made not just in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, but in outlying communities, too. The speakers were escorted around the country by activists who also provided places for the speakers to stay.

After the success of the New Zealand tour, the trio made it over to Melbourne,Australia for the International Harm Reduction Conference. LEAP acquired over 35 new members while speaking at the conference...harm reductionists were shocked and excited that LEAP existed and wanted to hear more about the effect of LEAP with public officials and the media. We hope to do it again at the next meeting of the IHRC in Belfast during March.

By Mike Smithson, LEAP Speakers Bureau Coordinator
The LEAP Ledger, December, 2004, Page 2
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