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 22, 2008
Cannabis Intel, a "confident suppose" is the best we'll get!
"We have never had anything to say what are we achieving ... I suppose this is giving us a measure." - NDIB on the Drug Harm Index
(Note: it has taken our National Drug Intelligence Bureau, since it was formed in 1972, to come up with a 'confident suppose' , go figure! /Blair )
Mills also said, "That kind of information could also be helpful for appealing for funds in future police budgets."
"If I wanted to ensure I got my fair share of the budget within police and I had to proof what I was going to achieve in various operations, then that's a very helpful tool." - Stuart Mills, NDIB (NZH http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10518236)
And the difference you and yours have made is Mr Mills?
Which goes a long way to explaining why the Police never took part in BEYOND2008, or blanket refusal to even 'chatham house' with Judge Jerry Paradis. These 'law' enforcers are not intel-gatherers, they are propaganda promoters and should be reigned-in for telling pork pies.
.......none more so than
"A new breed of powerful cannabis and ballooning costs in treating its health effects have led to calls for urgent action, including drug education for primary school children. "
Claims of high-potency "re-engineered" cannabis coupled to the supposition of increased net harm, non evidential 'statistics' of mental health consequences (where the best science shows even 'association' correlation to mental health is "low"/ Prof Iverson, UK).
The Police make an appalling claim to 'drug education' expertise.. "Included is a call to curb the "alarming" trend of teenagers to use cannabis by making drug education programmes an immediate priority in primary schools."
as if this will inoculate these kids... (more DARE budget? So when did that start working? I see no evidence here... just argument for prohibitions shortcomings. The USA recently discovered that grade 12 students more likley to smoke grass than tobacco, so which part of the policy 'informs us' on what to do? /Blair)
So which bit of Policy is the bit that is not working again? Could it be that this is happening on NDIB's watch? Any correlation between NDIB and prohibitary practices is entirely historical. Now they are experts at what's wrong? Gimeabreak!
Society is right to be sceptical about this unquestioned media hype, noting both Police AND media are seemingly unaware that RECREATIONAL SOFT and PSYCHOACTIVE drugs have been regulated in New Zealand since November the Sixth 2008. [or] Perhaps this is what this is really about. If so, let NDIB take their argument to the Law Commission.
That is the forum in which they can present their evidence and have it tested.
In the mean time POLICE can stay right away from young people... Image via Wikipedia
"Pressures have always been there but the shift is that now children are being taught they can't cope," said Prof Hayes who lectures at the institute which is part of Oxford Brookes University. The more people obsessed about their problems, the harder they were to get over, he said. He claimed that having a mental health problem was now seen like wearing a "badge of honour".
Adding to the 'Worry box' - The stress young children face as a result of tests and the pressures of modern life have featured in the media in recent months and years. "Therapeutic education" which places emotions over intellect, puts up barriers to learning by assuming everyone has problems, he said. Instead teachers should concentrate on teaching their subjects, he argued. The arguments are contained in a new book Prof Hayes has co-written with fellow educationalist Kathryn Ecclestone, The Dangerous Rise of Therapeutic Education.
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