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 16, 2005

Drug group alarmed at cannabis survey results

15/07/2005 . ABC News Online

The Victorian Government's peak drug prevention body says heavy cannabis use has become a major concern among young people. A survey of more than 6,000 Victorians between the ages of 16 and 24 found a disturbing trend of heavy cannabis use. Nearly 3 per cent of respondents use the drug daily and up to 5 per cent use it more than once a week.

The chairman of the Premiers Drug Prevention Council, Rob Moodie, says heavy use is leading to isolation and depression. 'Our levels of cannabis use in Australia are higher than any other English speaking country,' he said.

Dr Moodie says a new approach is needed. 'We just don't seem to be doing very well with it at the moment,' he said. 'It's the amount of use and the problematic use that's the real problem. That's when it becomes a hard drug, in a sense, when it's being used daily and more frequently.

'It really is damaging young people's lives and older people's lives, that's when it's a problem, no matter what title it has. That's when it's really causing harm and that's what we have to focus on - the harmful problematic use.'

The results of the survey will be discussed at a forum in Melbourne today."
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2 Comments:

  • At 10:12 am, July 18, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I thought New Zealand was the HIGHEST consumers of cannabis...

    what's the deal here??

     
  • At 3:48 pm, July 18, 2005, Blogger Blair J Anderson said…

    when it comes to truth and drug policy there is a disconnect (grin)

    I think what the Australians are saying is there was no one from New Zealand there..... however I think Moodie can be forgiven. In the consumption stakes New Zealand and Australia are neck and neck and more than Jamiaca.

    Our early entry stats would trump them, but where the mechanisms are the same, the outcomes are the same.

    cc: alcohol, tobacco consumption etc...

     

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