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

Monday, August 17, 2009

Maori Party no example for Fiji Youth.

Suva within FijiImage via Wikipedia

Having heard the Radio New Zealand coverage given this day to cannabis in Fiji, it is clear that the dysfunction, unintended consequences and alienation from rule of law is to be perpetuated in the name of a drug war long found wanting.

Cannabis ‘criminalisation’ demands law reform. It is perpetuating anti-youth prejudice (on a global scale) and a distraction from what is really broken. With many friends from Fiji informing me of the role ‘cannabis’ black markets have in elevating mistrust, creating intractable problems, feeding corruption, ingraining gangsta culture and pandering to ‘get tough’ enforcement suggests a much more informed dialog has to be held.

The United Nations has already indicated that the ‘user base’ must be consulted but this is an anathema to many, yet it is the path we must walk. Drug use, even under prohibition, must be acknowledged.

The idea that ‘if only we can teach how dangerous this is to (inoculate?) the kids before they are old enough to ask’ seems to be the only game in town. This however is counter intuitive. It only serves to teach them ‘all their peers are doing it’ and they cant bloody wait.
And we wonder why?

There are powerful forces merchandising fears about cannabis where there should be none. It is not a safe drug. But it is safer than alcohol and/or tobacco. That is indisputable. Lets not start teaching our drug safety by telling kids lies. To do so is to create impediments to credible ‘all health’ promotion. Our kids don't deserve this. Fijian families should regale at this kind of education. Adopt a *SAFETY FIRST approach. Accept nothing less.

*Google (”safety First” drug education rosenbaum ) OR (beyond zero tolerance)

also see : Fiji youth group says talk required to stem drug abuse

Blair Anderson

No folly is more costly than the folly of intolerant idealism. When standards of conduct or morals which are beyond the normal public sentiment of a great community are professed and enforced, the results are invariably evasion, subterfuge, and hypocrisy. – Winston Churchill, The Daily Telegraph on December 2, 1929.

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  • At 2:08 pm, August 17, 2009, Blogger Blair Anderson said…

    Former Fiji police psychologist says more education on impacts of drugs needed. (Radio New Zealand)

    Posted at 20:59 on 11 August, 2009 UTC

    A former Fiji police psychologist says there needs to be more education about the negative impacts of drugs in Fiji schools.

    The police in Fiji have made a number of drug confiscation’s recently, with seizures of more than 500 dope plants from different farms in Fiji’s outlying islands.

    However the police say it’s disheartening to see that the police efforts of community education has been falling on deaf ears.

    La Trobe University Psychologist, and the former psychologist for Fiji police Lorraine Meades says there needs to be more teaching about the physical and psychological impacts of marijuana use at the primary and secondary school levels.

    She says at Fiji’s psychiatric hospital for example, there’s been an increase of young people coming in with first episode psychosis which is directly linked to marijuana use.

    “The consequences of all of that just keep manifesting itself so you have a physical and psychological consequences due to the dangerous effects of marijuana and that sort of education needs to be given out.”
    Psychologist Lorraine Meades says people need to learn that marijuana is not a ’soft’ drug and has serious health impacts.

    (and it appears one again, the "harms are often overstated" -NZHSC 1998)


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