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, July 07, 2006

EACD 'on evidence' is no longer a safe pair of hands

It says no research has been done on whether a lower classification for LSD would lead to greater use or whether such a move would be "tolerated by society".
Time to examine the role of this "expert committee"- this is pandering to expedience and without presenting any evidence. The pretense this is a rational choice to leave LSD where it is questionable - whose precautionary principles are served by making any comparison to P here. This is a logical tautology. LSD shouldn't be Class A either. Aspro is more dangerous. That's why there were compelled to look in the first place.
If LSD were to be tolerated absent research expect "more use" but with 95% of the LSD in this country 'benignly consumed' often in passive or recreational settings' - there is quite arbitrary iniquity. Enforcement disparity challenges the notion of prohibition as rational health promotion when say compared to 'inclusionary rhetoric' used succesfuly for the much more harmful cigarette prevention promotion.
Time to bring drug use and misuse in from the cold.
Why could they not be honest and admit dogs cannot smell LSD and nor can kids. The mailman [has] made a fine, cheap innocuous reliable courier. It has always been that way until we are now almost required 'for security' public space capable nano-tech molecule sniffers, so sensitive that a teaspoon of LSD (or just about anything else) could be detected in Auckland Harbour. Unlike dogs, these things don't sleep.
Dangers are afoot.
We may be about to criminalise a lot of otherwise nice people. We will certainly alienate a lot of others. And a lot of money will be made.
There will always be the calls for get tough.... but because we can, doesn't mean we should. The 'Silent policeman' is [and bio-id too] an ethical debate we should have right now.
Roadside 'drug' detection absent proof of impairment is a bigger risk than a flat tire. And about to get a lot more common.
Detecting cannabis in this scenario is even more fraught. Its evidential presence is the logical equivalent of licking someones exhaust pipe to see if they have been speeding by how much, how recently and where. For that is the standard we are expecting people to behave too... an arbitrary measure. A movable feast.
Someone who is distracted or clearly culpable is not at issue here. However, without even hursting anyone (no victim/complianant) some 20 percent of childbearing age adults and a whole lot more 'purely for medicinal purposes' are living in an ever shrinking and dangerous context.
Harm reducing cannabinoids are a 'wellbeing' food suppliment and now the EACD flogs us the 'its for our own good'' saw.
If it could be reasonably concluded from media coverage that methamphetamine and violence was a good reason to have it Class A, however a 2006 ACC funded report on the subject found little substance to the violence connection. [mildgreens:top doctors say its self medication and top cops say its about budget streams and militarisation while top economists say its about bang for buck]. It also says P users are easy to treat despite what funding requests atest. I think it also said they were small in number. While cannabis prevalence is a large number.
Both P and LSD illicit status creates drug trade mayhem and consequences that validate prohibitions failures not its successes.
New Zealands current mismanagement 'on P' is not sustainable. Nor on Cannabis, Heroin or LSD.
New Zealands 'drug interdiction' strategy is flawed in its execution.
It sets a dangerous public health precedent to continue to fund failure.
The EACD 'on evidence' is no longer a safe pair of hands.
(meanwhile, the British are recommending scrapping the drug classification system declaring it a remanant of politics gone by)

Blair Anderson
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