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

Friday, January 12, 2007

P Uncovered at Gateway

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P-ed off dealers blamed for smashing anti-drug signs 11.01.2007 By Carly Udy, Bay of Plenty Times.

Drug dealers have been accused of ripping down six billboards promoting strong anti-P messages in Tauranga. (http://www.bayofplentytimes.co.nz/localnews/storydisplay.cfm?storyid=3717106)
Anti-P stakeholders are mistakenly blaming the 'Dealers' when the signs are the best possible advertising they could hope for.

If I had these signs up my street I would feel inclined to rip them down too.
Think about what these signs say about what is 'normal' hereabouts....

Curiously, our P signs are at Christchurch's Gateway, the airport, where we cunningly disguise them.
Perhaps Christchurch doesn't have the same double standards and youth alienation so evidentially 'missing' from the universally in disrepute 'CAYAD /SHORE' analysis.
Tauranga's signs are reinforcing a dopey status quo.

When you leave applied drug policy to 'youngsters' your clearly short on evidence.
Pandering to public prejudice and having enough people 'hating' drug users is not going to make a P user change their ways. The P-policy articulates hatred; manifesting prejudice. Being divisive entrenches the alienation. It is irresponsible of CAYAD's to presume it is going to do anything but create worst possible outcomes.
If drugs are so obviously bad why does the message need to be grounded in a policy that says that people are too stupid to know that drugs are bad.
Prohibition brings out the worst in people.
The only way to reach people is to be respectful, close the prohibition (cannabis) gateway and (re)enable health promotion grounded in equity not double standards. (cf: alcohol/tobacco)

Where's the give up da alcohol and run da breweries 'outa town' sign?

Blair Anderson
http://mildgreens.com
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