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

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Turf wars, gangs, drugs and.... doh!

Auckland on Drugs and just about everything else...The community is waxing lyrical about the horrors of city crime in Turf war raging between rival gangs, "The matter is of a highly serious nature. They’re turf wars and it’s not just over drugs. The conflicts are producing some serious injuries,” says Det Sen Sgt Pizzini, as reported in Howick and Botany Times, but in the same edition we read all about young folk taking 'something' in full view of the public in Drug use at a shopping mall near you. Refreshingly the Howick Pakuranga Times hints that it is not the low self esteem crowd, who lack money who are doing the drugs - its "acknowledged that the more money people have, the more illicit drugs or legal highs they can buy and take." In fact it goes onto say its 'unabashed and blatent', infiltrating all sectors of society.

Well that's a fact, with kiwi tokers of cannabis 52% of surveyed adults, there is no news there. However here comes the disconnect. Same paper. Same page (online)

Set this against the tableux of events, police gang rape of 16yr old, subsequent trials (and aquitals) of police commisioner in waiting Rickards and an advertising push by Police showing dutiful policeman dragging away bundles of cannabis and a picture starts to emerge.

A picture that is neither healthy nor sustainable.Its not that we havent done the work to find out why, how or whom....The National Party lead Health Select Commitee in 1998 identified' certain specific laws that are creating impediments to effective health promotion, and that these laws are also creating disrepect for rule of law, on both sides of the 'war' on drugs. It was the inquiry into cannabis and mental health. And until we realise that here is the nexus that undermines the parent's relationship with our kids we are destined to wax lyrical within our community while maintaining an inconvenient truth.

Systemic and Chronic failure to do the simple stuff, like complete 'a cost benefit analysis' would be a good start. its not that it hasnt been mooted. It was a foundation of the National Drug Policy until it got corrupted by the ALCOHOL lobby, seperating legal from illegal drugs [licit status] rather than on the harm they do.

Blair Anderson

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