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

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Judge Jerry Paradis, Ilam Campus Wednesday 10th Sep

SEMINAR


Judge Jerry Paradis

(retired), from Vancouver, British Columbia, speaks about

Drug Prohibition

Date: Wed 10 September

Time-Place: 3pm Economics Dept, Room 534


Jerry Paradis
"Prohibition is an attempt to repeal the law of supply and demand"

Jerry Paradis obtained his law degree from the University of British Columbia in 1969. By 1975, he had already been appointed to the Provincial Court of BC, on which he served as a judge until his retirement in 2003. Canada's provincial courts handle about 95% of the country's criminal cases, and so Jerry dealt with over a thousand drug cases, be they for possession, trafficking, or production. "My awareness of the futility of and damage caused by prohibition came gradually," he relates, "but I can say that I was without any doubts from the late '80s on

Shortly after retiring, Jerry found himself even more seriously pondering the drug issue, and the result was a research paper, "A Modest Proposal for a Sane Drug Policy. The greatest irony that Jerry observes from scanning the notes he made on each of the 1,000+ drug cases over which he presided is that "the same number of people are still choosing to ingest mood-altering substances, the same proportion are addicted, and there is the same persistent but increasingly lucrative and efficient system of supply".

Jerry is a member of LEAP, "Law Enforcement Against Prohibition"




Enquiries: Brandon.hutchison@canterbury.ac.nz


Blair Anderson ‹(•¿•)›
ph (643) 389 4065 cell 027 265 7219

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