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

Friday, August 26, 2005

Valuable lessons to learn from Ellis conviction

"The New Zealand Drug Foundation said today that the conviction of Marc Ellis for possessing ecstasy was a warning to all people about the consequences of taking drugs.

Drug Foundation executive director Ross Bell
said that while Mr Ellis was fined $300, the ramifications for his career, business and travel prospects were far greater.

'A $300 fine is minor compared to the potential cost that Mr Ellis faces in terms of his career, his business and his ability to travel in future,' said Mr Bell.

'The message is clear: No drug use is the safest use, not only because of the potential health risks but because of the damage it could inflict on your reputation, your career and your future when the law catches up with you,' he said."
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The consequence of Marc Ellis's conviction is a completly disproportionate harm, has no bearing on the risk to self or others and sends a dangerous and hypocritical message. This is even more so for MDMA, a relatively innoccuous substance by any standard.

There will be members of Rotary's up and down the country who heard Detective Chief Superintendent Eddie Ellison on the subject of ecstasy who will now be pondering the rationale behind this conviction.

Why the h*#^ he apologised for his adult behavour that harmed no one I have no idea.
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