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

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Cannabis - no threat. Very relevant to NZ Law Comm. review?

Small data set but very relevant to NZ Law Comm. drug policy review?

It complements the important sociology research paper presented by Geoff Noller at Otago University in early May.


"I would argue that it is the prohibition of marihuana that actually leads to crime," he said. "Not that there aren't any cases where someone is inebriated and in such a state that they aren't thinking clearly and do things that normally they wouldn't do, but that is the same with alcohol. If you look at it, the drug that is most highly correlated with crime, particularly violent crime, is alcohol. And no one is calling for that to be criminalized."

.... snip....

"Although these findings are not generalizable given the small sample size, if they are corroborated by further ethnographic research there may be a compelling reason to reconsider present laws that prohibit marihuana use and treat recreational marihuana users as criminals. These recreational marihuana users do not consider their marihuana use as a compulsive behaviour resulting from some form of pathology such as boredom, alienation or depression, as is often asserted by those who support the current drug laws. They are no more escaping reality through their use of marihuana than those people who are engrossed by novels, enthralled by television and movies, mesmerized by religious prayer and devotion, captivated by playing online role-playing games, thrilled by roller-coasters and theme-park rides, or engaged in any other mind- and mood-altering behaviour."

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