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, April 19, 2006

Cannabis Plant, Drug Prohibition, and Illinois Economic Development

As an additional cost directly related to drug war hysteria, governmental policies have often stood in the way of testing the potential economic and social benefits of such concepts as harm reduction, medicinal marijuana, and industrial hemp.

It is precisely in the current economic situation that re-evaluating current policies is particularly appropriate, not only for practical reasons, but also for political ones. When education and health budgets are cut, citizens rightly begin to wonder whether incarcerating a pot smoker at great expense is fiscally wise. As prescription costs rise beyond the capability of states and individuals to keep up, interest increases in investigating low-cost herbal remedies such as medicinal marijuana. When incomes in a farming state are endangered, citizens insist that all alternatives are explored, including industrial hemp.

Now is the time for a new perspective.

(It appears not just us are asking the hard questions..... /Blair)
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