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

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Public Health Officers Call For Drug Policy Reform

The British Columbia Health Officers Council issued a report in Oct. 2005 calling for wide-ranging changes in Canada's drug control policies.
The Vancouver Sun reported on Oct. 18, 2005 ( "Health Officers Want Drug Law Changes") that "In a strident, progressive paper, the province's public health professionals say it's time to address the harmful effects of the criminal prohibition against substances such as heroin and marijuana.
They say the laws are based on racism and cultural biases, not evidence of harm, and that the prohibition causes far more damage to health and to society. 'The current regulatory regime in Canada places most of these substances in either legal [tobacco and alcohol], prescription [morphine, benzodiazepines] or illegal [marijuana, cocaine, heroin] drug status,' the paper says.
'It is important to recognize that these classifications are not based in pharmacology, economic analysis or risk-benefit analysis, but stem from historical precedent and cultural preference.'
There is a growing consensus in Canada that there should be an exploration of other drug control mechanisms with possible adoption of strict regulatory approaches to what are currently illegal drugs.'"

Titled, A Public Health Approach To Drug Control in Canada, the paper recommends reform of federal and provincial laws and international agreements that deal with illegal drugs, development of national public health strategies to manage all psychoactive drugs, including alcohol and prescription drugs, improved monitoring and more education."

Blair Anderson
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