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

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Drug War Exit Strategy Underway in Seattle

Great to see such a gathering of good folk round the table in Seattle. Notably this is getting extensive coverage because for the most part  it is being driven by stuffed shirts and civil society. Leading participants NGO's are promoting it on their respective websites all helping lift the public interest and to cajoling media into giving it some traction.

The heavy emphasis on the community  formulating the 'exit strategy' of course requires unfettered dialogue, and we know that that's just not going to happen driven from central givamint because, t clearly there will be legislative implications and political fall-out.

Somewhat ironically the UK is revisiting the nature of prohibition and cannabis in a similarly titled "'Tackling Drugs, Changing Lives'" (Nov 30th)
It is reported elsewhere but a fellow blogger has it nailed in a series of news items with images at
/Cheers Blair.

Paula Lambert wrote:

2 December 2005
Conference to Plot Drug War Exit Strategy Gets Underway in Seattle 12/2/05
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  • At 9:34 am, December 04, 2005, Anonymous Mike Smithson said…

    The folks who are part of the King County Bar Assoc Drug Policy Project have a plan. Like any business, you don't hit the market willy-nilly; you put together a PLAN. These guys are the models for communities around the country. Don't try to reform policy alone: build coalitions. Bring in the "stakeholders" of the community. That's a favorite word of the KCBA DPP Executive Director Roger Goodman. Bring in the church congregations, the chambers of commerce, business leaders. Bring in the law enforcement folks and the treatment people. Bring in the League of Women Voters.
    Change will come. How fast it works in your community is dependant on how much you involve the stakeholders.
    Mike Smithson
    Law Enforcement Against Prohibition


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