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

Monday, June 20, 2011

Pot Prohibitionists are Wrong

Prohibitionists are like religious zealots: when presented with facts, history, science, and data, they simply refuse to acknowledge it. Instead, they dig in their heels, and insist even more vehemently that they are right because they believe themselves to be right.

"Nothing you can say will make me change my mind" is a phrase I hear often when discussing drug laws with prohibitionists. Not listening is one thing, but refusing to listen and ignoring data that you don't agree with is completely Alice-In-Wonderland absurd.

Yet our government and half of Canada’s population do exactly that. This does much to explain why we have these problems. Maybe we should start locking up prohibitionists for everyone's safety.

Russell Barth
Educators for Sensible Drug Policy

Correspondent R. Barth is right. In thirty years of Drug Policy Law reform I could count on one hand the number of prohibitionist folk who have listened to reformist argument and negotiated a informed balanced view based upon taking on board and weighting some informed social ecology vision. Yet it has to be said, despite so few, I have consistently found those of the reform ilk respectfully listening to prohibitors, their concerns, their evidence, their history and their tragedies. It will likely be the state of affairs for sometime to come. As slow as the transition to a more enlightened policy "beyond prohibition' maybe, I have no doubt none of those who ascribed to this systemic and chronic failure will ever put up their hand and say... "I was in my own small way responsible for all that mess. "     
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