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

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Scoop: Review concludes Nitrous Oxide sales now illegal

Scoop: Review concludes Nitrous Oxide sales now illegal: "Nitrous oxide is a prescription medicine, and under the Medicines Act it is illegal to sell prescription medicines without a prescription from a health professional. To do so would be an offence which carries a maximum penalty of six months in prison or a $1000 fine. There is also an offence to possess prescription medicines without reasonable excuse (penalty is three months in prison or $500 fine)."

NOS is also a common Greenhouse gas, an emmission from diesel combustion. It's climate change contribution falls just behind CO2 and Methane and environmentally a leading contributor to acid rain.

Regretably, everyone is exposed to inhallation of NOS, NOx's, SOx's and a host of other mobile source airborne pollutants - they account by current estimates for 100's of thousands of days of lost productivity due to ill-health and a mortality rate estimated to be double the NZ road toll.

Yet, Associate Minister Jim wants to send to jail otherwise law abiding citizens... despite best practice advice from the NZ and Australian Royal Colleges of Physicians and Psychologists not to ignore the unintended negative consequences, costs and loss of benefits from alternative approaches.

The recent combined College's report on Illicit Drugs Policy "using evidence to get better outcomes" tennor is one of urgently re-addressing current and in the case of NOS, new funding for illlicit drug enforcment towards cost-effective interventions which provide the greatest social benefit. This is a clear mandate for [enabling] effective health promotion rather than votecatching but largely inneffective law and order (zero tolerance) per se legislation.

It is no small irony that the Colleges final reommendation is asking government to take a longer term view of community benefits when selecting interventions AND PAY LESS ATTENTION TO SHORT TERM POLITICAL GAIN (my emphasis).


Perhaps youth, if made aware that NOS is a significant climate change emmission, Jim might get a better buy in!
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