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

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Cannabis, Containers and Ingesting Kids.

kiwibunz wrote (On Trademe Community)
I doubt that an addicted mother would even put the lid back on a childproof container. She needs to clean up her act and take proper care of her baby.

Addiction? [kiwibunz] your presuming that the presence of something equates to both addiction and/or misuse or heaven forbid 'harm'. Proper care may well have been the norm but for this incident/oversight.

child abuseImage by Southworth Sailor via FlickrIf we were to prosecute ALL cases of 'toddler' injury by ingestion we would have the toxic outcome of mothers 'afraid' to bring a child into medical care, the very perverse outcome the Judge in this case condemmed. Again I reiterate, this time for different reasons, the resorting to criminal sanction policy has consequences, some unintended, that may directly harm otherwise innocent children (and parents).
Those who call for (or support this Judge) such penalty are IN ALL LIKELYHOOD asking for a policy that endangers children more than it protects them.

A good analogy was the prosecution (child endangerment) of mothers post birth if they were found to have an illegal drug in their system. Of course it lead to greater harms. The policy was subsequently abandoned. Why did it get so bad to have too abandon the populist idea? Because no one did the POLICY IMPACT STATEMENT before adopting the flawed 'prevention' measure. Or if one was done - no politician was prepared to advocate best practice for fear of offending constituents - thus it was about votes over reason, evidence and logic.
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