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

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

The Journey to Prison: Who Goes & Why

"It is Lashlie's views against the decriminalisation of cannabis, which grow out of the tragedy she has seen in prisons, which help to outline the connections between prison and other social issues. It is here however that Lashlie's inconsistency shows through. She fails to place decriminalisation of cannabis within the same broad social setting as she does poverty and culture." / Defred, Waitakere City, Auckland


Celia Lashlie, highly respected author and public speaker is usefully observed by a vendor of one of her books on auction site TradeMe with above excellent review. The writer observes other insights and failings but her book is still seminal - while not everyone will agree, it contrasts some solid commonsense and experience against the 'lockem up' mentality of politicians driving the public perception of why we appear to have an incarcerating justice system. Celia is a vital part of that conversation and despite absence of cannabis in her public discussions (I have tried to make it to her public meetings...) one can easily take from her core matter that continuing cannabis 'corrections' enforcement is a no brainer. However the absence of cannabis law and drug treatment in her male/female analysis is a serious ommission.
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