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

Saturday, August 25, 2007

NZHerald on "blame for addiction"

The Blame for Drug Addiction lies in two specific areas of responsibility.
(ref:Addicted to drugs? Blame your brain, say scientists)

The first and most important is with the individual. While the pharmacology of some substances can be dangerous to some individuals, removing 'self will' from the equation is a recipe for treatment failure. Addiction is not a disease, nor is the model of it being like 'a sickness' useful. When we remove 'self- will' [ie: autonomy] we create an impediment to overcoming what is nothing more than a behavior, a choice, an option.

Secondly, blame for prevalence of 'addictive behaviors' rests with current prohibitive' drug policy. Its failure to be an effective 'harm minimisation' strategy is an indictment on both the Ministry of Health and where the consequences are 'criminal' (drug laws are exacted under the warrant of the health minister) with flawed Justice 'crime prevention'.

The evidence that drug consequences are a matter of the brain deeply questions what is right about putting people in prison.

The injustice of illicit drug 'of prevalence' - Cannabis and its acclaimed medpot utility, makes parliaments failure to resolve those tensions 'a bloody disgrace'.

Politicians are to blame for this mess.
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