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

Saturday, July 30, 2005

comparing cannabis law reform to lowering the drinking age,

Some commentators are comparing cannabis law reform to lowering the drinking age and/or to the lifting of alcohol prohibition.

There is a serious flaw/misconception in comparing cannabis-alcohol prohibition.

Alcohol was a partial decriminalisation - simple possession or consumption was never a crime. Only stills [clan labs] sales, storage and transport (hence expression trafficking offense) were illegal and then only for some alcoholic beverages . In the USA, imported whiskey was 'protected' as it was the drink of the rich anyway.

This evidences considerable ignorance by some who should know better and a significant if not singular reason why the drug by drug approach and 'instant fines' falls short of policy analytic standards.

Cannabis "fines" is the 1930's ALCOHOL prohibition by another name, and just as dangerous and corrupt.

Moreover, contemporary society is [likely] less able to adjust because of the elevated hypocrisy and double standards created by an entrenched blanket prohibition in disrepute. Fine's is a model predicated on a history of failure, elsewhere labeled "the worst possible scenario", end of story! No amount of 'progressive step' alliteration will convince me otherwise.

The right to consume is a barren right without the right to cultivate, store, process, package and transport.

Else, it's just a road to hell paved with good intentions.

/Blair Anderson     
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  • At 2:26 am, July 31, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Confusions with regard to the comparisons of alcohol prohibition and cannabis prohibition fuck me off.

    Alcohol was never banned only its commercial production and distribution was prohibited (and of course there were even exceptions and allowances for that for).

    With cannabis, the plant itself is banned to start with and then its psychoactive uses as well.


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