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 18, 2007

Over state the harms and reap the consequences....

(all this is completely at odds with the evidence base... Judges, in particular this one have a vested interest, no more evident here than by his own admissions - it is his "JOB" for which he is "PAID" handsomely by US. Yet he has no evidence that any of what he does is working! On the contrary McGuire is in denial of the evidence of cannabis's medical efficacy and further more grossly 'overstates the harms'. ).

Meanwhile, Judge McGuire said drugs were a worsening problem in Rotorua, Tokoroa and Taupo.

He said that while there was a scourge of methamphetamine at the moment which was responsible for a lot of domestic violence, cannabis remained his "hobby horse".

"If you started smoking cannabis in your teens, you are 300 per cent more likely to get schizophrenia and you are four times more likely to become violent - and yet this is the ultimate chill-out drug?"

Judge McGuire said there was a lot of cannabis consumption in the Rotorua region.

"It robs young people of their spirit, motivation, drive, energy and aspiration to do things. "

Asked whether cannabis should be legalised for medicinal purposes, Judge McGuire said he dealt with about 50 cannabis cases a week and in the past 10 years he had heard four cases about people claiming their use was to reduce pain.

"In this day, there are people of high expertise in pain relief ... I don't buy the argument of cannabis for medicinal purposes."

Curiously, the Medical Research Council of Great Britain, reporting in the Lancet do not agree. It is our politicians who should be serving time!

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