By BLAIR ENSOR - The Marlborough Express
This caring and otherwise law abiding man joins the 400,000 regular pot toking functioning citizens of New Zealand who it appears from the science (Canterbury Health and Development study] come to little harm other than from the illegal status. Clearly he has lost his job. And will pay dearly for his SAFE choice (saferchoice.org
) How many doctors drink alcohol, an anaesthetic? Or police smoke tobacco a killer carcinogen.
Consider this informed even if it was just a top cop, a chief constables view:
My personal belief in terms of sheer scale of harm is that one of the most dangerous drugs in this country is alcohol. Alcohol is a lawful drug. Likewise, nicotine is a lawful drug, but cigarettes can kill," he said. "There is a wider debate on the impacts to our community about all aspects of drugs, of which illicit drugs are one modest part." - The comments by Tim Hollis [chairman of the Association of Chief Police Officers' drugs committee] come as a row continues between UK scientists and politicians over cannabis.
This should be unsurprising as it is consistent with the recent visit to NZ of Sir Ian Gilmore (also a Professor) retired Royal College of Physicians, and Professor David Nutt fmr Chair of the UK's ACMD - the science advisory to the Home Office.
Financial constraints prompt top police [leap.cc] to call for debate on drugs and redirecting resources towards effective and evidential programs, amid growing warnings from NZ experts that demonstrate out of OUR science (not someone else's, this is US we are measuring) that prohibition, particularly of cannabis does not deter drug use. Eight hundred of the thousand people studied had broken this disreputable law more than five times. Are they ALL to loose their jobs? (CHDS Cannabis and Youth lecture - Joe Boden PhD. presentation to health professionals, Christchurch, Sept 3rd 2010)
The writer is standing for safer communities together, as a prospective Mayor of Christchurch against fmr Drug Czar and Health Minister, Hon. Jim Anderton who lies about zero tolerance prevention being 'harm reduction' describing cannabis as 'evil'.
Such deceit on a massive and corrupt scale is rendering us all stupid.
Blair Anderson ‹(•¿•)›
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