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, December 29, 2009

You can’t handle the truth

A respected scientist set out to determine which drugs are actually the most dangerous -- and discovered that the answers are, well, awkward.

You can’t handle the truth  (Boston Globe)

Ruggie23 talks about there being no 'social' use of (currently illegal) drugs inferring only medicinal use should be legally regulated in some way. In the words of Pres. Obama "that was the point" - social use should be normative. It's misuse that needs to be managed.

Normative constructs 'police' this better than coercive care. Sure there will be exceptions, sure some idiots will still do drugs to excess, some will harm themselves and others, but that is happening NOW. What we want is less of a problem, and what we are currently doing is patently unsustainable.

I say, normative rules with no special consideration for one drug over another. We ALL practice harm minimisation by default, we need to enable to cooperative and mutual knowledge that protects society 'from harm maximisation' and understand that whatever we are doing now is worst case management.

Psychoactive drugs.Image via Wikipedia
Social use is best practice. If your going to do any drug at all its 'best to practice', be able to ask for sage advice and above all "Know thy Chemist!". Its the stuff of social capital.

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