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

Monday, January 15, 2007

Outspoken reformer from the home country.

Susan Deacon was formerly Scottish health minister. A Member of the Scottish Parliament for Edinburgh East and Musselburgh and a member of the RSA UK Commission on Illegal Drugs, Public Policy and Communities.

She says, "We need a pragmatic approach to drugs policy - not a moralistic one."

  • Above all, the aim of public policy should be to reduce harm of every kind; to individuals as well as to families, communities and society as a whole. The political debate should be driven by this imperative rather than by a desire to appear tough.
  • And what about the law? All too often the debate gets stuck on legalisation versus prohibition. Again the reality is much more complex. UK drugs control laws are more than 30 years old, a product of a bygone age.
  • A growing number of voices, both at home and abroad, are raising questions about whether the current national and international legal framework is fit for purpose - this discussion cannot be a no-go area.
  • Yet sadly the space for sensible and honest discussion seems to be inversely proportionate to the size and complexity of the task. It would be a crying shame if the only voices heard in the run-up to the Holyrood elections are those who talk the toughest and shout the loudest.
  • Scotland deserves better.

Well, so does New Zealand, Love!

Christchurch Mayor Garry Moore says its "Time To Talk" but he's leaving the job before he gets tested.

Garry and media ensured 'there would be no debate on his watch.. ', as the honourable chair of 'Healthy Christchurch' Garry presided over policy 'too unhealthy' to openly debate. Community and Public Heath [CDHB] are exercising consultation procedures 'unfit for the purpose'.

Christchurch, NZ's most drug imbued city fails the community test.

Canterbury Health promoters hang on to the notion that international conventions support blanket prohibition but evidence shows it to be 'an expensive myth, one that hurts more people more seriously than drugs'.

Social Ecologist, Kevin O'Connell [and also a former candidate for the golden chains ] remains 'suspicious of bet each way' elected officials who remain 'meek'. Those who adjudicate Healthy Christchurch membership have defined sensible and honest discussion, as that which 'offends the least' the 'sponsors' favorite lobby groups.

Blair Anderson, who was summarily dismissed to Unhealthy Christchurch in an appalling display of due process by Canterbury Health Board officials, says they are in breach of their own "Ottawa Charter Principles", moreover he says it is they who profess ALL voices should be at the table. The MildGreens point out; as with the precedent in NZ Disability law, "there should be no decisions about us, without us".

"What NZ MP's have to say won't bring any surprises either; but thankfully this issue is about how a community responds, and that's where the debate has to be held.".

Perhaps the Ministry of Health [or CCC] might offer to host Susan Deacon 'down under', they're into fostering closing the gaps! - Anderson speculated based on recent experience it will have to be done understanding 'the political opposition' to reform is institutional.

Healthy Christchurch 'concerned ' lobby groups should cease pretending drugs are a crime and justice issue when the policy and all that ensues, is executed under Warrant of the Health Minister. (presently Hon Pete Hodgson, who says 'create the community consent to effect change' )

Aye, e'an Su'san woo oonersta' wha tha' de nae 'appen. .

Blair Anderson
UnHealthy Christchurch Candidate 2004

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