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, March 02, 2005

Cannabis�Legal Status (hansard)

QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWER - Wednesday, 2 March 2005: "Cannabis�Legal Status

5. JUDY TURNER (Deputy Leader�United Future) to the Associate Minister of Health: Is he satisfied with the current legal status of cannabis; if so, why?

Hon JIM ANDERTON (Associate Minister of Health): The Labour-Progressive Government is satisfied with the current illegal status of cannabis. It is illegal because of the empirical evidence that cannabis use is particularly harmful to young people, those with mental health disorders, and their families and their communities.

Judy Turner: Has the Minister seen new research released yesterday from the Christchurch school of medicine confirming a clear link between cannabis use and an increased risk of psychosis; if so, is this not even more compelling evidence that the current legal status of cannabis should not change?

Hon JIM ANDERTON: Yes, I have seen that, and I believe that all members of Parliament should take the opportunity to read it. It is instructive not only for those who use cannabis on a heavy-dose basis but even for those who are casual users."

Cont --- but where is the evidence?
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