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, May 04, 2005

Drug Czar of NZ, on curriculum development

[Jim Anderton speech excerpt, see full text at]

It was particularly important to me that the resource 'Strengthening Drug Education in School Communities,' which was developed by the Ministry of Youth Development last year, was not just another school resource that might be left on a shelf to gather dust.

To avoid that fate, I encouraged the Ministry of Youth Development and the Ministry of Education to get together and come up with a practical implementation plan, of which this workshop and the following ones are a part.

Research has shown that one-off programmes by outside providers are not effective and should only be used to strengthen the teaching of drug education as part of the health and education curriculum.

Of course funding was a bit of a sticking point, as it often is, but as leader of the coalition party in government, the Progressive Party, I managed to secure funding in the 2004 Budget round for a National Drug Policy Discretionary Grant Fund.

I suggested an application be made to that fund and my Labour colleagues on the Ministerial Committee on Drug Policy were supportive of allocating $30,000 to these workshops.

I believe the Ministry of Youth Development has also found another $15,000 to ensure as much coverage as possible.

These workshops support the Ministry of Education´┐Żs recommendation for schools to have a curriculum-based approach to drug education delivered by qualified teachers.

They will encourage schools to apply evidence-based drug education and to use the checklist for assessing the quality of external drug education providers or programmes when deciding to use them.

In this way, I believe these workshops will be an important addition to our education programmes to reduce the demand for drugs and I thank you again for playing your part

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(And so says Czar Jim!, it really is a pity that the same assessment standards cannot be applied to prohibition, however 'Progressive' this initiative is painted. Now where is the address for that Policy Discretionary Grant Fund? /Blair )
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  • At 2:20 am, May 13, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Also strikingly dysfunctional is the stripping of any reference to harm minimisation from the recently released educational guidelines. United Future's MP and spokeperson on health, Judy Turner 'gloated' over the success over the GREENS in this nasty, counter to national drug policy guidelines, sliegh of hand.

    It is all zero tollerance morality dressed as harm reduction.

    No accounting the harm production or that everything that is awry fails on the prohibitors watch... not ours.


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