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, August 15, 2006

Sports Disputes Tribunal let Dickel off lightly says Doc.


Sports Drugs Agency head Dr Dave Gerrard says the Sports Disputes Tribunal let Dickel off lightly. He says it provides a bad example to young athletes. Gerrard says Dickel is a silly man for considering that the use of cannabis is in any way fitting for a role model in sport.

http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/newsdetail1.asp?storyID=101663

To say nothing of alcohol... some folk doing the critical thinking here might consider the ramifications of every kid who smoked a recreational joint aspiring to play even half as well as Mark Dickel.

Mark clearly has no 'problem' with his drug use other than the hypocritical double standards of sports administrators lining up for liquor sponsorship and vendign rights at venues.

The problem lies with a drug agency that pretends cannabis is harmful while for tens of thousands of young people alcohol will manifest tragedy and expensive life changing outcomes. Such outcomes pale beside role model Dickel's seemingly 'responsible, recreational use' of the herb.

Profesional urine tester, Dr. Dave detected cannabis 'at five weeks'. It has been my experience that the small minority of athletes who do choose to use drugs are much more likely to switch from cannabis detectable for weeks, to alcohol and methamphetimine both detectable for mere hours.

Could the Doctor's first do no harm principals be tested for 'silly' or 'success'?

The effort and expendature put into Ministry of Health 'anti-labeling' efforts using notable sports stars didnt stop TV3's use of 'Dopey Dickel' footage accompanied by a hit tune that mocked prohibitors.

Doubtless TV3 didn't notice their deilvery of pure prejudice dopey drug policy is at all levels just harm maximisation.

Were cannabis, a recognised 'safe' therapeutic 'known to man' rightly dropped from the sports performance enhancing drugs schedule the unintended consequence might usefully engage youth in healthy extra-curricular and stimulating sports activities but also result in a few more unemployed urine checkers.

/Blair Anderson
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