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

Friday, September 21, 2007

Alcohol = Hate, Cannabis = Love

During the civic elections "Mayor Blair" has been repeatedly asked "how is cannabis a local body issue?"

"Are we rendered silly by our inability to have the required discussion?"

The candidate's reply notes that city plans approve bar after bar in inner city revitalisation while other candidates wax lyrical about crime and 'broken glass' usually while they prognosticate in an alcohol free zone.

British Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, reported: "Cannabis differs from alcohol in one major respect. It does not seem to increase risk-taking behavior. This means that cannabis rarely contributes to violence either to others or to oneself, whereas alcohol use is a major factor in deliberate self-harm, domestic accidents and violence."

That's WHY we need a SAFER community. "Don't vote to reward failure" on the crime and 'get tougher policy' front, demands the mayoral aspirant.

The Canadian Senate in 2002, determined: "Cannabis use does not induce users to commit other forms of crime. Cannabis use does not increase aggressiveness or anti-social behavior."

"We would be better off with Cannabis Cafe's along with some candidates with some integrity who would front up on core issues. "

At yesterdays Social Issues forum at the Knox Church in Christchurch alcohol was roundly linked to social dysfunction and access to health when candidate Blair drew to the attention of the many non-mayoral candidates attending (23) that the 2006 NHS study in the UK attributed 70% of the health vote to alcohol related dysfunction, and questioned the displaced resource allocation in limited access to elective surgery, impediments to health promotion and baseline primary health..

Time to get real. Time to VOTE for integrity AND social justice.

Blair Anderson

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