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

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Just Say... Why Not Now.

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Following the erudite synopsis New Zealands Drug Policy development highlighting the issues behind  (a) potential adoption of a kinder gentler prohibition  (see IDCP Law Commission Review here ) and the shallow understanding media give to both the cannabis culture (no decision about us without us) or by the wider reform minded society in which that culture currently fits. The medical cannabis provisions and suggestions discussed by the commission thus far are woeful pandering to blanket prohibition with exceptions if your Doctor can confirm your either near dead or dying, but said Doctors will still be policed by a regulatory regime where SATIVEX (already prohibitively expensive) is a B1 scheduled ILLEGAL drug.
The War on Drugs (ah, that really means war on people) has come under teh scrutiny of the Municipality of Toronto. It recently signed the Vienna Declaration.
This should inform incumbent Mayors and (wannabe) Members of Parliament who might like to be Mayoral.... and ALSO be of import to Canterbury District Health Board candidates (the CDHB recently wrote they would NEVER permit SATIVEX to be used by anyone) 
"We believe that only full legalization will protect the patients and the public. Marijuana prohibition is a public health disaster and Cannabis Science is happy to be in a position to advance the science of medical cannabis and continue to be an ongoing resource for all our patients in need…"  - Richard Cowan, Cannabis Science CFO, and like Dr. Robert Melamede, PhD., Cannabis Science President and CEO a long-time advocate of the legalization of marijuana,
The tensions between the VALUES of the "Just say No" and "Just say Know" crowd need to be resolved.
To better inform municipal voters what a beyond prohibition SAFETY FIRST values approach might look like in the Republic of Canterbury, an 'election issue' evening on crime, punishment, surveillance and suffrage evening has been proposed by Christchurch Mayoral Candidate Blair Anderson.
Anderson promises an entertaining evening where ALL other aspirant candidates are invited to the audience, along of course with other talented hecklers.  
The audience are invited to discuss as rationally (and no doubt irrationally)  what most significant policy adjustment would make Christchurch the exemplar SAFER CITY. 
The Rules of the debate;  there are none, other than civil and mutual respect.
The model for the forum will be "Simple on a SoapBox" (John A Lee)
If a Mayoral Candidate opposes the reform initiative, he/she will be given the same accord given anyone else. It is only asked that ALL candidates contributing simply say, name, constituency, affiliation followed by argument. 
People need to see and hear who to vote for and who is just pretending to care for SAFER COMMUNITIES TOGETHER.
Some selected non-aligned guest speakers will be invited to contribute each with (up to) ten minutes and will be asked to remain on an advisory panel for the duration of the talk fest. (along the lines of the Kim Hill Hot Science Debates) 
Feedback (and donations to assist promote the event) are welcomed.
Interested parties and attendees are invited to bookmark http://blairformayor.blogspot.com/ to be kept uptodate or signup to the RSS feed from this, the MILDGREENS blog.

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  • At 9:23 am, August 31, 2010, Blogger bigtrees said…

    $113 billion is spent on marijuana every year in the U.S., and because of the prohibition *every* dollar of it goes straight into the hands of criminals. Far from preventing people from using marijuana, the prohibition instead creates zero legal supply amid massive and unrelenting demand.

    According to the ONDCP, two-thirds of the Mexican drug cartel's money comes from selling marijuana in the U.S., and they protect this cash flow by brutally torturing, murdering and dismembering thousands of innocent people.

    If we can STOP people using marijuana then we need to do so now, but if we can't then we need to legalize the production and sale of marijuana to adults with after-tax prices set too low for the cartels to match. One way or the other, we have to force the cartels out of the marijuana market and eliminate their highly lucrative marijuana incomes - no business can withstand the loss of two-thirds of its revenue!

    To date, the cartels have amassed more than 100,000 "foot soldiers" and operate in 230 U.S. cities, and the longer they're able to exploit the prohibition the more powerful they'll get and the more our own personal security will be put at risk.

     

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