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, July 25, 2011

Thinking at the Cutting Edge?

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Drug Use is a Disease?
So how did my kids catch it?
A psychologist with very strong opinions on whether legalization is a wise course is A. Thomas McLellan, PhD, (now former, he resigned) deputy director for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. As McLellan sees it, making marijuana more available will lead to more use, and more use will lead to greater dependence.
"Are you willing to say, 'Let's expand use, let's add another intoxicant into the public?' I don't like the odds," he says.
While noting that the cannabinoids found within marijuana show medicinal promise and will eventually be developed as a new class of pain reliever, smoked marijuana is not the best way to deliver those medical benefits, he says.
"Put it this way: We've got record unemployment, two wars, we have a bank collapse, a housing catastrophe. Oh, I know, let's add marijuana, let's add another intoxicant — that ought to fix things," McLellan says.
McLellan is the Keynote at New Zealand's biggest gathering of drug policy/health/treatment providers - see http://www.cuttingedge2011.org.nz/ 
Notably sponsored by Addiction Practitioners' Association Aotearoa-New Zealand.
The background on Tom McLellan makes for an interesting read, he married a former coke addict, had two kids, both had severe addiction problems one of whom dies at the hand of illicit drugs AND alcohol. He is no moraliser, seeing addiction as a disease. Sad. Really.  And this is supposed to inform debate at the Cutting Edge in New Zealand. 
Makes one wonder why have a Law Commission Review of Drug Policy at all?  Doh!
Blair Anderson 


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