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, July 12, 2008

Dispatches from Vienna NGO Committee on Narcotic Drugs


Now this is worth cracking a beer for! /Blair

The first-ever meeting of ordinary people, representing the entire globe and discussing the state of the world's drug policy, concluded today in Vienna with a unanimous, united call for a new approach to drug control policy. Here are the highlights of our resolution:

  • We recognized "the human rights abuses against people who use drugs"
  • We called for "evidence-based" drug policy focused on "mitigation of short-term and long-term harms" and "full respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms"
  • We called on the U.N. to report on the collateral consequences of the current criminal justice-based approach to drugs and to provide an "analysis of the unintended consequences of the drug control system"
  • We called for comprehensive "reviews of the application of criminal sanctions as a drug control measure"
  • We recognized harm reduction as a necessary and worthwhile response to drug abuse (harm reduction is a set of practical strategies that reduce negative consequences of drug use, incorporating a spectrum of strategies from safer use, to managed use to abstinence; harm reduction strategies meet drug users "where they're at," addressing conditions of use along with the use itself)
  • We called for a shift in primary emphasis from interdiction to treatment and prevention
  • We called for alternatives to incarceration
  • We called for the provision of development aid to farmers before eradication of coca or opium crops


--
Blair Anderson ‹(•¿•)›

Social Ecologist 'at large'
http://mildgreens.blogspot.com/
http://blairformayor.blogspot.com/
http://blair4mayor.com/
http://efsdp.org/

ph (643) 389 4065 cell 027 265 7219



    Zemanta Pixie

    Labels: , , , ,

    View blog reactions

    0 Comments:

    Post a Comment

    Links to this post:

    Create a Link

    << Home

     

    Another Mild Green Initiative



      (search tips)

    Visitor Map
    Visitor Map, daily!

    Visitor Map, previous 6 months

    MildGreen Technorati Search
    Web Blog Pinging Service Blog Flux Directory Blogarama - The Blog Directory Find Blogs in the Blog Directory Search For Blogs, Submit Blogs, The Ultimate Blog Directory Health Blog Top Sites Google PageRank Checker Tool Top Blogs Health blogs