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

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Would legalisation work?

"there is no clear connection between drug policies and the prevalence of drug consumption. In countries with liberal policies the prevalence is not higher than in countries with restrictive policies. On the contrary: an EMCDDA survey carried out in 27 European countries in 2003 pointed out that the “perceived availability” of cannabis by 15 /16 year olds (i.e. whether they consider it ‘fairly easy’ to obtain cannabis near where they live or go to school) in the Netherlands, where adults are allowed to buy cannabis, is lower than in 9 other EU countries, where sale of cannabis is totally prohibited. " Joep Ooman/ENCOD

European Coalition for Just and Effective Drug Policies (ENCOD) have been working on post-legalisation scenarios that could be applied in today’s Europe. Probably first involving cannabis and other drugs considered as ‘soft’, and then ‘hard’ drugs at a later stage.

Are the
re any Misery of Health officials awake in New Zealand?

Blair Anderson
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