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, May 18, 2006

Link's found, reality lost.

'Link found' between cannabis and harder drugs

New Zealand Herald, 14.03.06
Cannabis users are almost certain to try other illicit drugs, latest research findings suggest.

Research at the Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences looked at the relationship between the use of cannabis and other illicit drugs in a sample of 1000 young people aged between 15 and 25.

The Otago University study showed high rates of both cannabis and illicit drug use, with almost 80 per cent of the sample using cannabis by the age of 25 and more than 40 per cent using other illicit drugs.

It found that in the great majority of cases the use of cannabis preceded the use of other illicit drugs.

Meanwhile.... in the Harm Reduction Journal

( 3:17  doi:10.1186/1477-7517-3-17 published May 09 2006)

A preliminary DTI study showing no brain structural change associated with adolescent cannabis use....While differences existed between groups, no pattern consistent with evidence of cerebral atrophy or loss of white matter integrity was detected. Concluding, that frequent cannabis use is unlikely to be neurotoxic to the normal developing brain.

Suggesting, we have got it all wrong... who are we protecting? And from what?

In Drugs, Violence and Public Health [Fraser Institute], the content related to youth & drugs clearly evidences that there is a lot of ageism going on, that current justice based drug policy is a mere  convenience for the political cognoscenti.

Blair Anderson
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