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, June 20, 2005

Naomi, Narcanon and higher powers [LTE 15 June]

LTE
fwd'd to Northland Stuff.

Naomi, Narcanon and Higher Powers

Amongst the least effective interventions for use or possesion of cannabis is zero tollerant twelve steps and criminalisation. Intollerance is not a redeeming quality of any higher power that I am familiar with other than despots, dictators and cult leaders. None of these have any published literature demonstrating experience or efficacy delivering sustainable health interventions in drug related fields.

Most people like Naomi, succesfully reduce or cease cannabis use on their own violition, be it by diminishing use or by instant cessation. Common to both strategies is self will, seemingly the highest power of all.
Criminal sanction and "I'm sick, febble minded, or both, so I'll surround myself with others so convinced" has proven to be a deficient intervention - they are after all, predicated on prohibition. They do no better than drug courts and coercive care according to the evidence base.

But good on Naomi for selfmedicating using a proven 'anti-depressent' coping medicine for 18 years without getting caught, loosing her mind, her health or both. God's seed bearing herb has kept her safe, when prohibition failed her, even if she was a little distracted.

[15 June]    Twelve steps to freedom from drugs
see http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/print/0,1478,3314396a1927,00.html


  
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