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 08, 2005

Medical Fact: Marijuana is Safer Than Alcohol

Letter to the Editor,
NZ Herald
Dear Sir,
Readers of your Saturday fronts-piece on doctors concerned about teen alcohol issues may find the alcohol 'solution space'; as proposed and supported by youth in the USA; interesting. They argue that Marijuana is Safer Than Alcohol.

This weekends 'global marijuana march' is not about promoting drugs (as likely it will be portrayed); as it is elevating the dialogue internationally as to what really is 'harm minimization' and how we might make the crucial adjustment. Christchurch's rally certainly heard about how the phrase has been hijacked by the current political prohibitionist ideologues. Our Health Select Committee reports that based on evidence received the current practice of cannabis prohibition is an impediment to credible [anti]drug education.

The reason why Jim Anderton and the Progressives want to re-raise the drinking age to 20 evidences that failed policy foundation. He and his ilk should not be rewarded for failure (and nasty name calling) by blaming evil drugs or for lying to the public about relative harms when Anderton contrasry to his evidence based education announcement recently stated at a public forum held in Christchurch (28Apr) that cannabis is more dangerous than tobacco. The New Zealand and Australian Colleges of Physicians and Psychologists reported collectively and robustly that politicians should forgo the short term interest in votes, account for prohibitions shortcomings and in invest evidence based policies for success.

It appears the American Students for Sensible Drug Policy are onto something see (please forward to your respective news journalist as you see fit.)

sig. Blair Anderson 50 Wainoni Road. Christchurch, NZ

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