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, November 28, 2007

Dr Tom O'Connell on Evidence Based Policy

When feigning deafness eventually becomes impossible, as with Evolution, Global Warming, or certain aspects of the “wars” on drugs and terror, the fall-back positions of those in denial often become unsupported claims that their favored alternatives are morally superior, and the ones they oppose will lead to disaster.

Thus do they usually favor war over negotiations, profits over environmental preservation, and imprisonment over rehabilitation. In the case of the drug war they have gotten away with a particularly egregious injustice by defining safe self-medication as a crime; entirely on the basis of deductive logic which has been assiduously protected for nearly a century from the rigorous scrutiny supposed to be applied to “evidence based” policy, and despite its obvious failures and piously dishonest claims.

- Dr T. O'Connell

When the practice and principles of (harm minimisation) medicine are applied to health related to the popular herb cannabis somehow the truth of the matter just flies out the window. Cannabis 'as medicine' is ignored because '*it is illegal, and there is no money in it'.

How damned convenient, that we can proscribe to a medically efficacious plant 'criminal sanction', ignore all that is good for the patient and still call the US$100billion 'annual research budget' in best practice & pharmacology science 'evidence based'.

"I will apply dietetic measures for the benefit of the sick according to my ability and judgment; I will keep them from harm and injustice." - Hippocrates, the father of medicine

(*public lecture at the University of Otago, Christchurch School of Medicine by visiting speaker from Oxford University, Professor Paul Glasziou. He is an expert in the important area of evidence-based medicine and how to transfer health research into best practice.)

Blair Anderson

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