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, May 14, 2007

Sunday News on drugged driving

What struck me about Sunday News was the egregious presentation of the datum on 'cannabis only',  obscured by design IMHO. At the very least incompetence!, at worst, malfeasance.
Further, no post accident analysis to determine culpability, let alone impaired, despite massive resources brought to bear.  
[What if I was taking cannabis for gout. Even if I had recently toked, blood plasma would still be within cooee of pharmacy supplied drobinol/marinol. Lets stop pretending this stuff is evil because its illegal.  

[Acute cannabis smoking produced minimal effects on complex cognitive task performance in experienced cannabis users, while still subjectively providing a euphoric "high". **] 
The data only validates that New Zealand is one of the highest per capita consuming countries in the world. 
Road fatalities would in all likelyhood decrease  if the remaining 'consumers at risk'  of harms were displaced by cannabis 'as a treatment'. If this were the case, and 10%  of those with alcohol problems significantly reduced (consumption vs consequence is non-linear) lives would be saved, anguish avoided and capital and cashflow would be second to the social equity.  
The science base suggests harm minimisation = net benefits.


** Hart CL, van Gorp W, Haney M, Foltin RW, Fischman MW. Effects of acute smoked marijuana on complex cognitive performance. Neuropsychopharmacology (2001) 25(5):757-65.
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