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, October 03, 2005

Blair's message for Turiana

kevin oconnell wrote:
i like nandor but he really has mis-managed his core constituency (the alcp) you say hes only himself to blame. maybe he'll be a bit more of a team player now he's not in the ivory tower. cheers

What is it the Greens  don't understand?
(and Nandor going by his last 'its the police waste/costs' disconnect)
Prevention is necessary. Keeping our guiding principles in mind, prevention must be part of a vision of the role of governance as a way of fostering human initiative and a vision of ethics and public health that focus on autonomy. In that sense, it is not an instrument of control, but rather a tool to help set people free. And in the case of cannabis, being set free does not mean not using, but rather having the ability to take a position on and think about the reasons for using and the ability to deal independently with at-risk behaviour.
[Conclusion, Chapter 16 "Prevention" , Report of the Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drugs, Sept.  2002]

It reads like it should be a bottom line for Turiana talks!

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