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

Friday, June 11, 2010

Inexplicable Dillema for NarcoCops, MethCon and Health Ministry

Tommy GunImage by Danny McL via Flickr
Following a number of crucially timed Police media releases about drugs distributed by NZPA the most recent on drugs and guns following finding a 90 year old highly collectible (and historical) weapon absent any ammunition that media delight in association with alcohol prohibition 'organised crime' - where the Thompson Machine gun became legendary.

The release comes the day the Jury deliberates on the unfortunate incident where an undercover 'narc' gets it under circumstances that has the same Jury flummoxed (notably 11:1). The Murder/Manslaughter charge has been coloured by media continually connecting the accused residence as an 'alledged' clan lab despite no evidence being  presented to the jury it ever was. (recall farmers have been aquitted for the same offence, only the guns were real)

Visiting Canadian Judge Jerry Paradis described the Auckland airgun incident that resulted in the death of Don Wilkinson as "an honourable man on an impossible mission'. Paradis was representing the respected international organisation Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and his organisations rejection of the war on some drugs dogma. He was here as a guest of the MildGreens and to make a submission to the Law Commission 'all drug' review (Oct 2008)

Yesterday more Christchurch busts of 'P' labs requiring 160 officers in 'tac' gear followed by Police Ministers and Media giving the 'we are top of this' talk  and tour.  A long list of charges all for the same thing [maybe cooking up some home bake of dubious quality] is supposed to make us feel safer. More of 'those bad people' talk dominates the dialog. TV will paint the story that fits the ratings. And Police will paint the story that best fits prohibition.

If prohibition was working none of this would be happening.

Making the recent study published in Canada all the more important..
"You could still do public-health education and criminalize the hell out of people," he said. "You could theoretically do that, but it just makes no sense because they are competing paradigms."

"For some reason, in this country we believe that the best professionals to educate people about drug use are the police, which makes absolutely no sense . . . because they are not public-health officials and they're not very knowledgeable in matters of public health or substance use — just the way we wouldn't use nurses or orderlies to prosecute criminals.

"That's just not the professional activity these people are equipped and trained for."

Prof. Benedikt Fischer [of Simon Fraser University's health sciences department] report was published in the International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research. [IJMPR]

See Eliminate Canada's 'one-size-fits-all' criminalization of marijuana: Study

Blair Anderson

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