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, October 12, 2006

Connecticut Race for Governership

There is no doubt that current drug policy is fundamentally flawed and is associated with numerous negative societal consequences.

It fails to reduce problematic drug use, particularly among children.

There are huge expenditures associated with crime related to prohibited drugs, including economic crimes related to addiction. What is worse however is that it counter productively fosters the violent criminal enterprises that have occupied the unregulated and immensely profitable commercial market made possible by drug prohibition.

The burden of public health costs arising from both increased drug abuse and crime related injury hurts otherwise Innocent people, often disproportionately rendered on minority communities.

The erosion of public health from the spread of disease, from the concealment and inadequate treatment of addiction and the injustice of restrictions on proper medical treatment of pain.

The incivility of summary forfeitures of property, invasions of privacy and violations of due process.

Adverse and disproportional effects of drug law enforcement on youth, (mostly male) on the poor and persons of color.

Clogging of the courts and compromises in effective administration of justice.

The loss of respect for rule of law and alienation of folk from normative behaviours.

These are all sacrificed for some elusive moral paradigm that 'drugs are bad'... what a compromise in morality ??

The rules are bad. The rules are immoral. They fail us.

Whereas a conservative 'Legal regulation' increases in the scope and effectiveness of drug addiction treatment programs, including expanded access to treatment, improved case management systems and the broadening of treatment opportunities to include mental health care, work-readiness and vocational training, literacy training, housing and the fostering of peer and family support.

Reforms and improvements to drug abuse prevention and drug education programs ensure the implementation of cost-benefit goal oriented evidence-based methods (all payed for by diversion of existing budgets)

Removing the double standards in respect of Alcohol and Nicotine will enable credible drug education and re-empower parental guidance and role models. This will re-enable youth development in general and foster and improve wide ranging healthy behaviors and healthy relationships rather than negative, coercive fear-based approach to drug use that too often relies on misinformation or partial information.

The shift from the principal reliance on criminal sanctions as a response to drug use towards greater availability of effective addiction treatment, drug education and research will benefit everyone, not just the person expressing addictive behaviours.

This would all sound quite logical even if it was espoused by some long hair from the backwoods of Oregon...

But its not.. its is civil society that is advocating this change. This occurring all over the world. It is not radical at all. It is a conservative agenda.

Prohibition was the radical intervention.

Sometimes being conservative requires 'thinking' about stuff, but as evident in this blog, folk will still want to vote for failure despite the mayhem occurring before there eyes and on the watch of those whom they continue to support.

Albert Einstein once described repeating the same thing over and over and expecting a different result as 'Insanity'.

Drug Policy reform is not about drugs per se, it is the stuff of social capital.

Vote for reform this November.
Vote for reform candidates when ever you stand before a ballot box.

Become part of the solution.
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