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

Monday, May 09, 2005

Drug Testing in Schools?

Letter to the Editor
Mail Tribune

Dear Sir,

Drug testing - Educators say No.

Since the publication of the definitive Making Sense of Student Drug
Testing, Why Educators are Saying No (January 2004) written by Fatema
Gunja, Alexandra Cox, Marsha Rosenbaum, PhD and Judith Appel, JD, the
key flaws in random student drug testing have been exposed. Simply put,
evidentially coercive interventions fail to accomplish the 'deterrence'
aims intended.

<>The 24 page report facilitated by ACLU and the Drug Policy Foundation
discusses promising alternatives to continuing paradigms of failure. I
commend it to your readers and trust it helps inform parents and
caregivers about how best to address drug use among young people in your
community. see

While cannabis and all other drug related information should be
integrated across the curriculum - i.e.: in context, New Zealand's House
of Representatives parliamentary findings highlighted that the double
standards in respect of cannabis are an impediment to credible [all]
drug education. see

Yet again, prohibition has been found wanting!

sig. Blair Anderson
Director, Educators for Sensible Drug Policy (NZ)

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