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, June 25, 2007

Holmes: Alcohol education: Serve up the truth

"Aaron White, who studies adolescent alcohol use at Duke University Medical Center, challenges another bit of conventional wisdom while arguing against lowering the drinking age: 'If you're going to do that, I suggest you teach them to roll joints,' he told Newsweek, 'because the science is clear that alcohol is more dangerous than marijuana.'"

Holmes: Alcohol education: Serve up the truth - Waltham, MA - The Daily News Tribune:

Indeed. Cannabis is less addictive than alcohol, and less damaging to your body. A lethal dose of alcohol is 10 times its effective dose - one way scientists measure a drug's dangerousness - but there is no known lethal dose of marijuana.

But those who would teach young people what they really need to know about sex and drugs are hampered by laws, politics and culture that confuse telling the truth with "sending a message." Children need sermons, to be sure, but slogans that pretend that maturity and understanding arrive magically on your 21st birthday do more harm than good.

Today's teens cannot escape exposure to alcohol, drugs and sex. They would be much better served if they could learn the truth about these things from adults instead of being encouraged by laws and attitudes to hide from them.

(And the MildGreens have been harping on about 'double standard impediments to health promotion', while politicians pretend they don't understand.. who looks stupid now? /Blair)
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