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

Saturday, January 20, 2007

EFSDP: The Difference 50 years Makes !













Scenario: Jack pulls into school parking lot with rifle in gun rack.
*1956* - Vice Principal comes over, takes a look at Jack's rifle, goes to his car and gets his to show Jack.

*2006 *- School goes into lockdown, FBI called, Jack hauled off to jail and never sees his truck or gun again. Counselors called in for
traumatized students and teachers.

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Scenario: Johnny and Mark get into a fist fight after school.
*1956* - Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up best friends. Nobody goes to jail, nobody arrested, nobody expelled.

*2006* - Police called, SWAT team arrives, arrests Johnny and Mark. Charge them with assault, both expelled even though Johnny started it.


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Scenario: Jeffrey won't be still in class, disrupts other students.
*1956* - Jeffrey sent to office and given a good paddling by Principal. Sits still in class.

*2006* - Jeffrey given huge doses of Ritalin. Becomes a zombie. School gets extra money from state because Jeffrey has a disability.


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Scenario: Billy breaks a window in his father's car and his Dad gives him a whipping.
*1956* - Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college, and becomes a successful businessman.

*2006* - Billy's Dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy removed to
foster care and joins a gang. Billy's sister is told by state
psychologist that she remembers being abused herself and their Dad goes to prison. Billy's mom has affair with psychologist.

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Scenario: Mark gets a headache and takes some headache medicine to school.
*1956* - Mark shares headache medicine with Principal out on the smoking dock.

*2006* - Police called, Mark expelled from school for drug violations. Car searched for drugs and weapons.


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Scenario: Mary turns up pregnant.

*1956* - 5 High School Boys leave town. Mary does her senior year at a special school for expectant mothers.

*2006* - Middle School Counselor calls Planned Parenthood, who notifies the ACLU. Mary is driven to the next state over and gets an abortion without her parent's consent or knowledge. Mary given condoms and told to be more careful next time.


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Scenario: Pedro fails high school English.
*1956*: Pedro goes to summer school, passes English, goes to college.

*2006* : Pedro's cause is taken up by state democratic party. Newspaper
articles appear nationally explaining that teaching English as a
requirement for graduation is racist. ACLU files class action lawsuit
against state school system and Pedro's English teacher. English banned
from core curriculum. Pedro given diploma anyway but ends up mowing
lawns for a living because he can't speak English.


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Scenario: Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from the 4th of July, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle, blows up a red ant bed.

*1956* - Ants die.

*2006* - BATF, Homeland Security, FBI called. Johnny charged with domestic terrorism, FBI investigates parents, siblings removed from home, computers confiscated, Johnny's Dad goes on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.


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Scenario: Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee. He is found crying by his teacher, Mary. Mary, hugs him to comfort him.
*1956* - In a short time Johnny feels better and goes on playing.

*2006* - Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces 3 years in State Prison.

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Is something wrong here?


Judith Renaud,
Executive Director
Educators For Sensible Drug Policy http://www.efsdp.org/
Jan 20, 2007

Blair Anderson,
Director
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