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

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

MDMA's verbal memory - a LTE

Researchers evidencing illicit club drug harms seemingly ignore Ecstasy's [MDMA] popularity, or the contextual dangers stemming directly from its illegal status. [NZH 29Nov] Nor do they make a comparison with known harms from early use of that other culturally acceptable anesthetic drug, Alcohol. The 'verbal memory' of drunken adults would discourage any thinking teen if the double standards in drug education didn't get in the way.


Gt.Britain's rational and refreshingly balanced response announced recently by UK Professor Nutt, is to downgrade MDMA and LSD. Like Cannabis, 'on evidence' the harms have been largely overstated. The UK Science and Technology Select Committee further advised the principles underpinning 'ABC' drug classification was seriously deficient saying it was about political expediency and criminal status rather than relative harms. NZ could well take on board these points as it considers what to do about medicinal and recreational cannabis. Drug policy must be formulated around informed consent. That is the adult thing to do. Young folk, according to WellTrust have unfettered access to all manner of drugs and in a very dangerous context, a point that prohibition has a lot to answer for.  As adults we have an ethical if not moral imperative to fix this, and soon.


Blair Anderson

Director, Educators for Sensible Drug Policy


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  • At 7:47 am, January 16, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hey, I saw this LTE at

    Great blog, an important body of work here.


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