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, August 03, 2011

'A drugs revolution must start with Cannabis',

Following on from yesterday's leader editorial in the Times, comes a half page opinion piece by Anushka Astana titled 'A drugs revolution must start with cannabis', the subheading reading: 'The classification system is deeply flawed. But it's the whole punitive approach that needs a overhaul'

The piece opens with a broad critique of the classification system before making a more substantive call for reform, suggesting 'We should reject the punitive approach and focus on reducing harm' . It then explores the legalisation debate with the sort of nuance so often absent from the taditionally polarised media debate:
'..,authoratitative voices are increasingly starting to argue what was once unthinkable: That prohibtiion isnt working'  
'Some dismiss legalisers as wanting a free-for-all, in which you can order coke or pills at your local pub alongside a glass of wine. But that isn't what most reformers have in mind. Sensibly, they want regulation that take large parts of the drugs market away from orgainsed crime and in which addicts are treated rather than punished'
[Extract from Transform Drug Policy Foundation (TDPF), the UK's leading centre of expertise on drug policy and law reform.]

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