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, December 24, 2007

Green Party Co-Chair Awarded for Drug Law Leadership

The Green Party [USA] congratulates Connecticut Green and newly elected Green Party of the United States Steering Committee Co-Chair Clifford Thornton on an award he received from the Drug Policy Alliance for his leadership in the movement to reform
drug laws.

Mr. Thornton, co-founder of the drug law reform organization Efficacy, Inc., is a national co-chair of the Green Party of the United States. In 2006, he ran on the Green Party ticket for governor of Connecticut.

"Cliff Thornton's work for the reform of US drug policy is in line with Green opposition to the War on Drugs, unjust and draconian drug laws, and the use of drug laws to fill up prison cells with black, brown, poor, and young Americans. We're proud that Cliff is a member of the Green Party," said Alfred Molison, co-chair of the Green Party's national Black Caucus

Ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. -James Baldwin

hat tip : Jeffrey Turner
Date: Sat, 22 Dec 2007 13:54:08 -0500

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Welcome to Narcsville

Mr Turner believes yesterday's raids have had a significant effect on the drug supply market.
"But unfortunately the reality is that as soon as we shut down one tinnie house or P-lab, other people set up just as quickly."

And just how significant is that?

Blair Anderson  ‹(•¿•)›
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Saturday, December 15, 2007

Youth Drug Education Critiqued

"Talking to young people it seems clear that we do need to improve the way we deliver drug education both in and out of school."

The Children Plan says:

Schools are also in a good position to communicate the right messages and spot alcohol misuse problems early.
Alcohol education in schools must be accurate and effective . We will examine the effectiveness of current delivery arrangements for all drugs education – including alcohol – and act to strengthen them if necessary. (is this suggesting it is OK to lie about other drugs? /Blair)

If Schools are the right place it must be because we have made homes (and parents) the wrong place. Until we empower parents, and tell the truth, drug education is just another wish list.

If DARE was the answer... it was a pretty poor question.

A better and more useful insight into drug education can be gained at

Blair Anderson ‹(•¿•)›
Social Ecologist 'at large'

ph (643) 389 4065 cell 027 265 7219


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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Legal Distribution of Medical Marijuana / New Mexico

New Mexico wants to establish a system for the distribution and manufacture of medical cannabis

BBSNews 2007-12-11 -- (IACM) Patients, caregivers or private entities could get licenses from the state Department of Health to provide cannabis under New Mexico's medical cannabis program, according to proposed regulations released by the department. The proposed rules would establish a regulated system for the licensure, distribution and manufacture of medical cannabis. The department plans to publish the rules later this month. A public hearing will be held in Santa Fe on 14 January.

  BBSNews - Legal Distribution of Medical Marijuana Coming in New Mexico

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Could Smoking Pot Be Good for Teens?

Only decriminalization is a sure route to a lower crime rate. It is sad that it appears so far below the horizon of political feasibility - Richard Posner

Chicago's chief judge of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and one of the nation's leading legal scholars, says marijuana use should be legalized as a way of reducing crime. Posner, a Reagan administration appointee once described by American Lawyer magazine as “the most brilliant judge in the country,” explained his views on marijuana in The Times Literary Supplement, a British publication, and in later interview:“It is nonsense that we should be devoting so many law enforcement resources to marijuana," says Posner. "I am skeptical that a society that is so tolerant of alcohol and cigarettes should come down so hard on marijuana use and send people to prison for life without parole.”

Posner is the highest-ranking judge to publicly favor the repeal of marijuana laws.

AlterNet: DrugReporter: Could Smoking Pot Be Good for Teens?:

(BTW: Alternet picked up a journalism award at the New Orleans DPA Conference this past weekend /Blair )
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