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, June 19, 2005

Pop till you drop

Sally Blundell | New Zealand Listener

"Professor David Fergusson at the Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences says it is a complicated debate that has been completely botched.

'It's completely predictable � young people between 18 and 25 are at their peak potential for taking risks. There is probably good reason to regulate sale, supply and delivery, but if laws aren't reflected in people's belief system, they will never work. Look at cannabis � if you pass a law saying no smoking of cannabis and most people ignore it and police don't enforce it, it's not really a law, is it? If young people don't believe [in these proposed regulations] and parents give them freedom and they have purchasing power, the law will be completely irrelevant to how young people take drugs.'"
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