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

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Note on the Law Commission Report findings

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1 These conventions prohibit the manufacture, import, export, sale and supply of a wide range of psychoactive substances specified in the Conventions.
NO, this is incorrect, these conventions do not explain how Portugal can remove criminal sanction across all drugs and still be convention compliant. It is sacrilege to believe these conventions to be infallible. They are accountable for mayhem and injustice that on a global scale makes apartheid look good..
A mandatory cautioning scheme for all personal possession and use offences that come to the attention of the police, removing minor drug offenders from the criminal justice system and providing greater opportunities for those in need of treatment to access it.
A gentler kinder prohibition?
It acknowledges that criminal sanction is a deficit but doesn't explain what to do with the 80% of <33yr old who have done it more than five times.
(ref: Jo Boden PHD, National Addiction Centre,  statistical review of the CHDS, Healthy Christchurch, Sept. 2010)
 A full scale review of the current drug classification system which is used to determine restrictiveness of controls and severity of penalties, addressing
existing inconsistencies and focusing solely on assessing a drug's risk of harm, including social harm.
Whoa!  That was the brief mate, expediently you didn't do what you were asked to do and review the drug conventions efficacy or do the intersectorial analysis, policy impact statement or cost benefit of prohibition of any drug let alone resolve tensions, burdens and heartbreak surrounding prevalence of use and its unitary enforcement. The existing inconsistencies are the double standards applied to benefits and deficits of legal drugs.
 Making separate funding available for the treatment of offenders through the justice sector to support courts when they impose rehabilitative sentences to address alcohol and drug dependence problems;
And the evidence for coercive care is?
 Consideration of a pilot drug court, allowing the government to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of deferring sentencing of some offenders until they had undergone court-imposed alcohol and/or drug treatment;
And what say the current drug courts? Are they not Pilots or is it they are really being whitewashed when the real problem is the blackmarket deviency amplification the law creates.
The Commission's report is to be tabled in Parliament today.
OH Dear... would someone please table a copy at the Serious Fraud Office as well.
As for the Dunne Clause entrenching classification...  'dishonest policy standards'' in the extreme.

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Blair Anderson 


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