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

Monday, July 17, 2006

Marijuana legalization? Nevadian says No thanks

The USA based newspaper and online media "Nevada Appeal" reported a contrary view to a proreform oped here. Of course NEvada is known for its liberal gampling, alcohol tobacco and other vices... but pot - lordy be. see

The preposterous assertions drawn from the New Zealand cannabis studies exemplify those who call any notion of drug policy reform a weakening in resolve to win the unwinnable.
Christchurch's Professor Furgusson has been at pains to say that some form of reform has merit. His research failed to identify causation, only that there is a mechanism behind the 'association'. One such mechanism is the deviancy amplification behind the set and setting of the illicit market. I prefer to call this and [all the] other unintended consequences prohibitors so like to trot out, the matrix of dysfunction.
Proponents of the war on (some) drugs fail to notice that all this mayhem occurs on their watch, and that they may indeed be responsible for this mess we call a reasonable drug policy.

What ever it is, for all the misery such laws create, it can hardly be called effective health promotion.

Even if cannabis had increased in potency by orders of magnitude, it doesn't equate to harm. Likewise, the logical straw man, that meth users test for or have tried marijuana and is thus a stepping stone is again, both poor journalism and worse science. That cannabis has no health benefits may be quite true for some but the FDA and DEA are compromised by the truth - that cannabis is one of the safest drugs known to man, while approved pharmaceuticals cause the deaths of tens of thousands.

What we need here, and fundamental to health is informed consent.

A lie twice told in no closer to the truth.

Your correspondent could do well to read just how methamphetamine markets are linked to marijuana by reading Professor of Economics (Hawaii) James Roumasett, where he links maximal societal harms to oppressive cannabis enforcement. Such robust insight goes a long way to explaining why Nevada should lift the drug policy debate above such narrow prejudices and ensure that its voters are fully informed of the consequences of continuing a policy of abject and unjust failure.

The community will be the better for it. It is the stuff of social capital.

Blair Anderson,
50 Wainoni Road,
Christchurch, New Zealand
(++64 3 3894065 )

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