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, July 18, 2007

Candor Drug Fetish a ' train wreck'

Candor Trust is deluded beyond belief.

The following press release is yet another uninformed presumption of guilt before due process. It characterises much of what Candor says in its legacy of press releases. Lets not let facts get in the way of some merchandisable prejudices to willing and receptive ears.

In the absence of any evidence of driver impairment due to substance misuse, Candor's long straw linking cannabis to recent tragic rail crossing circumstances perpetuates, indeed invites youth rejection of the value system. Candor is now part of the problem.

If they want to educate folk, Candor should start from a factual position, anything else endangers the prophylactic message. (see impediments to health promotion elsewhere) . Setting aside the research that shows cannabis consumers are no more likely to be culpable drivers in accidents (Australian qualitative Research on who causes accidents and who may have consumed cannabis or alcohol or any other drug) and that on balance (in fact less so than non-cannabis users), moderate consumers of the herb are typically law abiding thus safe drivers. Where there are exceptions, and there will be, it is atypical that blanket and punitive rules are less effective in getting results than enabled driver education. Candor thus does Road Safety a disservice with its entirely speculative mongery and tiresome agenda as to what might have happened in this tragedy. On Candor's merits, we could just do away with Coroners all together. /Blair

Scoop: Train Crash Raises Cannabis Query:
Friday, 15 June 2007, 1:40 pm
Press Release: Candor Trust
Train Crash Raises Cannabis Query
Inspector Rob Jones says Police haven't yet ascertained the cause of the crash at a Bay of Plenty rail crossing which killed driver Keeley Jamieson, aged 20 and her brother Ryan Jamieson, aged 22.
Witnesses say warning bells rang while the train driver blasted his horn frantically before he slammed into the victim's car, as it crept slowly over the crossing.
Candor Trust Educator Urs Tiaho says that given the scenario of this day-time disaster two main possibilities must spring to mind.

The first one would be driver impairment given the age group of the driver and the possible inattention factor.

'If that was the cause, the most likely substance we'd suspect as a cause of driver impairment at that time of the day (afternoon), is cannabis'.

It is more typical for coronial inquests to youthful road deaths in NZ to find use of cannabis was a factor than drunkenness in deceased NZ drivers of 20 or under.

Alcohol over legal limits only features in thirteen percent (latest Ministry of transport figures).
Cannabis use is 3 times more common in deceased young drivers per early findings from the ongoing ESR drug driving study.

(even a half pie ning nong can see that where youth and alcohol is concerned the consequence is connected to the cause. But the architect of the myth of cannabis = crash is no idiot, they have an illusion to justify and will distort data to meet the lets play the blame game agenda. This sets the table for misplaced policy endevours and leads inevitably to distorted targeting of resources. The result, a waste of an opportunity to fix what is really broken, drug policy in disrepute. /Blair)
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