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, March 14, 2007

Combating the Spread of Illicit Drugs

Media Should Not Glamourize Illicit Drugs, UN Official Tells Commission

Drug use is too often associated in the media with celebrities rather than consequences, a senior United Nations official said today, calling for a greater press spotlight on the dangers of illicit drug consumption.

Addressing the opening session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna, Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) noted an "alarming" rise in some European countries where addiction levels are among the highest in the world, and spoke out against the false glamour associated with cocaine.

"Europe should learn that cocaine is an illicit drug not a status symbol and, if addicts in dark-alleys in New York, Delhi or Moscow are nothing more than 'junkies,' the same should be said about those pop stars and models whose shooting and sniffing habits have been celebrated by the press," he said.

(that news item gets worse as it goes on... but wait, there is more: See SCOOP Combating the Spread of Illicit Drugs / US State Department wades in the day before NZ National Drug Policy is due to be released - Pity that no one notices it celebrates 50 years of abject failure. This is laughable.)

Press Release: US State Department

Combating the Spread of Illicit Drugs
Thomas Schweich, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
Opening Statement of the Government of the United States of America Before the 50th UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs
Washington, DC
March 12, 2007
Thank you, Mr. Chairperson. As this is the first opportunity for my delegation to take the floor, I would like to congratulate you on behalf of the Government of the United States of America on your election as chairperson of this 50th UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND). We look forward to a valuable and productive meeting, working together under your able leadership. We also continue to look to the UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to play a critical role in leveraging international support for counternarcotics issues.
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Blair Anderson

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