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

Friday, April 28, 2006

Law Enforcment Againt Prohibition [LEAP] said this about Columbia

Last Saturday, the New Zealand Herald ran an item on "Dying for the White Stuff" telling of the anomalies in international affairs created by the dysfunction experienced in Columbia...

I wrote to the Editor of my concerns under separate cover. I subsequently read this news item below, inspired by some colleagues of mine in the Justice, Law and Corrections fraternity.

While it doesn't conclude as I do, that the UN has it wrong or the UNODC is even more culpable on a global scale for the dysfunction identified here.. it does show very graphically that from Afghanistan to the South Pacific, wherever the 'essentialy US determined and enforced' rules are the same, the shite is the same...

On May 6th, over 200 cities world wide are taking part in protest at the insanity of this universaly held political arrogance continuing.

Canada's Senate Inquiry called for the international debate... Consider

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition [LEAP] and Delaware Libertarians said this about Columbia.... (the underlines are mine.)

see The war on drugs has created more problems than it has solved
The News Journal - Wilmington,DE,USA


............. [snip].............

Logic compels that we end the drug war and with all my heart and soul I believe we must.

George Jurgensen is state chairman of the Libertarian Party of Delaware.

[excerpt starts]

I applaud former prosecutor Peter Letang's call for a re-examination of the drug war and welcome him to the cause. He is not the first. Many other prosecutors, judges, and, most significantly, members of law enforcement who conduct the war out on the streets have also come forward, risking their careers and reputations. They have come together to form an organization to end drug prohibition. The organization is known as LEAP, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition.


And there are the effects on foreign nations and foreign policy, where Colombia is largely controlled by violent drug kingpins because of the massive profits involved while at the same time we intervene with and condemn peaceful practices in Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador, where locals have for centuries chewed unprocessed coca leaves and drunk coca tea to stave off hunger or boost energy with little harmful effect. Prohibition can leave even the most casual user or one-time experimenter scarred for life with a criminal record that will destroy opportunity for a lifetime or unable to seek help or treatment for fear of facing the risk of arrest.

The drug war reflects a political arrogance that the government can solve bad habits by passing a law and sending police out on the streets to arrest the way to an improved society.

The collateral damage of this arrogance is clear. It is time to end the drug war, to seek education, treatment, product labeling and testing, and a more orderly yet much less profitable market for the measure of drug usage, which society cannot stem or prevent, with or without force.

The transition will be difficult as people adjust to taking more personal responsibility, just as the transition from a centrally planned economy did not go smoothly in Russia or Eastern Europe, but the end result is a more just, more peaceful and more prosperous society. Of course there will be those that use drugs to their demise, there always was and there is today. At least there will not be vast profits for dealers and the associated violence and property crime or the other side effects of the drug war.

Blair Anderson
50 Wainoni Road.
Christchurch, New Zealand 8006
ph (++643) 389 4065 cell/TXT 027 2657219 car-phone 025 2105080
Director, Educators For Sensible Drug Policy

When the spirit of the law means nothing, and getting around the law means everything -- and if the vicious cycle repeats itself enough -- there is no law left. / Debra J. Saunders
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