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, January 05, 2005

Pass the Codiene!

(re:http://norightturn.blogspot.com/2004/12/asset-forfeiture-valuable-means-of.html)

Firstly, thank you for your work, comment and insight on AF.

There is no question in my mind that the core issue driving AF is flawed and failed drug policy, and parlous analysis of the underlying implications. No other area of public policy is more susceptible to the potential for gross injustice, while it lends itself to the political whimsy of  those who pander to fears and moral panic in our society as they continue to offer in exchange for votes, endless solutions that never produce results.

Lawrence Reed, a visiting speaker for MAXIM Institute back on 2003, while speaking on the **Seven Principles of Civil Society  was asked how he reconciled 'his core principles' with applied drug policy. Larry identified asset forfeiture as one of drug policy at its most dangerous. The Michigan think tank he represents (*MACKINAC) have published useful insight into how bad things can get and inquiring reader can find more at http://www.mackinac.org/article.asp?ID=792

There will be those for whom regaling against AF will be seen to be made more difficult by any connection with or to drug policy, however... ya just cant remove the smell without shoveling the shit.

Only wholesale reform of the injustice system that feeds off current drug policy and policing (where standards of evidence went out the window years ago) will we nullify any need for the state to be so belligerent with its unlimited resources, targeting the 'easy pickins' - for that is all it will do.

I have heard politicians use the phrase "send a clear message" so many times now that it gives me a sore head!

If AF debate becomes political anti-crime fodder ... pass the codiene!  Its all we are going to hear.

*   [also MACINAC in literature]
** [errata: this should read.. "Seven Principles of Sound Public Policy", on the forum theme of  "In Search of Civil Society"]

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