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

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Drunk drivers avoid drug tests via loophole -

Drunk drivers avoid drug tests via loophole - National - "Police figures suggest that drug-driving is nearly four times as prevalent as drink-driving, with one in every 67 drivers testing positive for cannabis or methamphetamine-based drugs. This compared to one in every 250 drivers testing positive for alcohol.

Drivers who return positive laboratory tests are fined $307 and gain three demerit points for a first offence or are prosecuted. If the offence goes to court, the maximum penalty for a first offence is $614 and a three-month licence cancellation."

There is an order of magnitude difference between the tollerance of impairment thresholds for allowed for alcohol (a mild traquiliser) and a zero threshold for metabolites of cannabis absent to any required standard, proof of impairment.

And there lies the injustice. The rest is government hyperbole and obsfucation creating manufactured consent.

It is in breach of public health principals and all standards of efficacy and consensus for Government or crown agency [Police] to declare something 'on trial' a success before the results are in. Nor is good governance assured when this is done according to its own often nebulous objectives and performance criteria as in this case.

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