On Drugs, Medicine and Some Harms
Image via WikipediaPart of the problem with Met's Bill (and Nandor's earlier) is that it occurred at all.
(comment as posted to the Daktory Forum)
While med pot is an important issue, the diamonds in the sky is D'classification of cannabis. It would matter diddly what med pot provisions were made (as per Sativex) there would still be injustice. The argument for med pot (even as a wedge issue towards full Class D implementation, the rules are all ready there ) fails to do justice to the issue. AND THAT IS WHY WE HAVE TO RAISE THE ROOF before the Law Commission (LC).
The LC is doing some very creative stuff around 'privacy' and the internet... using the internet to both air the issue contructively and gain insight into public concerns, suggestions and fulfill the responsibility of 'consultation being seen to be done'.
This is the stuff of social capital. The 'drug debate' will be the better for it. One can (will be able to) even send a comment in via ones cellphone. Suddenly the debate (has the POTential to) become relevant to young people.
So donut worry to much about the vote in Parl. There was NO drug debate in the run up to the election, but the day after John Key was elected PrimeMonster we legally regulated psychoactive recreational drugs (it got Royal assent two days before the election, became law on the Sunday). Much more has been accomplished than either media or MP's are prepared to
Image via Wikipediaconcede. We are the first country in the world to take a ground up approach to analyzing drug policy - including adherence to and relevance of the International Covenants and Conventions.
It really doesn't get better than this. Although the anticipated in april/may 'issues paper' is yet to be released (so that the framework for the debate is clear - and thats a head start) it has been delayed somewhat due to [political] prioritisation of the Alcohol issue. The drug we drink, Alcohol (legal) and Drugs (illegal) will according to the Law Commission(er) 'inform each other'. Again, no country has (IMHO) realy taken this holistic evaluation of 'all drug policy'.
We are turning full circle back to where our National Drug Policy (framework) pre 1996 HIGHLY reco
Image via Wikipediammended an 'all drugs' framework rather than a drug by drug approach.
This serves reform VERY WELL.
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