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

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Drug Fears For Jobless Mill Staff

"Meanwhile, Rotorua Hospital psychiatrist Shailesh Kumar said 30 to 40 per cent of admissions to New Zealand psychiatric wards were triggered by cannabis use.

'The harmful effects of cannabis are widespread and far-reaching. Marijuana is noted to cause or precipitate acute psychosis especially in the vulnerable population - those with pre-existing mental illness or complicated physical health issues such as brain injury or delirium,' he said.

A study which followed the progress of young people using cannabis found it often led to harder drugs and socially unacceptable behaviour.

While the drug was not physically addictive, it caused psychological dependence for the user, Dr Kumar said. Some users claim marijuana provides pain relief but there is no scientific evidence to back this up.

A Rotorua counsellor, who did not want to be identified, said she had thought of cannabis as a passive drug until she witnessed the damage it did to clients. "
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  • At 9:35 am, February 22, 2006, Anonymous Greg Francisco said…

    Editor Rotorua Daily Post:

    Displaced mill workers turning to cannabis growing to pay the bills is a
    familiar problem here in my native Michigan, too ( Drug Fears For
    Jobless Mill Staff, Feb 20). I'd like to share how we addressed the
    problem when our own automobile industry crashed 15 years ago.

    Faced with high employment rates and a thriving underground economy the
    state simply went on a prison building spree and mounted a massive War
    on Drugs. Primarily aimed at marijuana users. Soon, seemingly half the
    work force was employed in the drug law enforcement, drug treatment or
    drug testing industries. Primarily aimed at marijuana users. And
    too many of the other half continue to this day in seeing their lives up
    ended by laws that put people into the choice of using a relatively safe
    drug like cannabis, or the much more dangerous drug alcohol.

    None of this has done one whit to actually reduce the rates of marijuana
    use. The underground economy is healthier than ever. But it has
    been a jim dandy employment program, guaranteeing life time employment
    to those doing the Prohibiting. Comments by Rotora Hospital
    psychiatrist, Shailesh Kumar exaggerating the risks of responsible
    cannabis use by adults makes me wonder if New Zeeland might be
    considering following the lead of the USA in how best to deal with

    Should that be the case, let me give you fair warning, just between
    friends; Don't bite. There's a worm in that apple.

    Respectfully submitted for consideration for publication


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