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 26, 2005

Poland on its way to a new drug policy

Some ground breaking mild green analysis by a Minister of Health just as proposed to Healthy Christchurch, a 'home grown' public health based social policy now adopted by an EU State?
Looks good enough for here, how about the rest of New Zealand, Mr Brash?

<>by Artur Radosz, Centre des m�dias alternatifs du Qu�bec (CMAQ) Excerpted

After analyzing the enormous social and health-related costs of criminalising the personal use of drugs, which resulted from decisions made in 2000, the Ministry of Health has recommended de-criminalization of personal use again. The new laws would change our policy from the costly and counter-productive �zero-tolerance� model, back to a sensible harm-reduction appoarch.
Dr. Marek Balicki, Poland�s Minister of Health stated, �We still have the illusion that if we have criminal punishment for illicit drugs possession, then we will solve the drug problem. Making criminals from young people that have tried drugs is without sense. This is not a good road. We should punish dealers, not their victims.�
Dr. Balicki stated that criminialisation of drug possession caused much harm to society and didn't produce any positive results. This rational analysis by the Department of Health observed that imposing criminal penalties for drug possession hasn't stopped people from using drugs and hasn't made drugs any less available.
The new law in Poland also allows for other positive innovations. A change in the �marijuana� drug law makes it easier for farmers to obtain a permit needed to grow industrial Cannabis, hemp. This broadens the possibilities for hemp in different sectors of our food production, manufacturing industries and trade. Farming organically to produce industrial feedstocks for making paper, food, cloth, building materials, plastics, cosmetics and health products, allows for a major economic shift, with enormous potential for increasing Poland�s resource base.

Copyright � 2005, Centre des m�dias alternatifs du Qu�bec. All rights reserved.

sig. Blair Anderson
Christchurch, NZ.
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It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong. -Voltaire [Fran�ois Marie Arouet] (1694-1778)
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