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, September 06, 2011

Black Hole Paradigm 'Applied Drug Policy'.

Preparing to burn a witch in 1544. Witch-hunts...Image via Wikipedia
What is unfair is the failure to constructively debate applied drug policy.
(commenting on, rather lamenting, the simplistic analysis over at "the Jackal" blog.)

The prevalence and apparent danger of methamphetamine use in our community is a function of poor drug policy maintained by political masters boxed into a failed model.

The moral panic and deviancy amplification that so characterises the societal and criminal justice response is so predictable as to be proscriptive yet it lacks both evidence base as a public health intervention and cost benefit analysis as an applied policy.
The tougher we are on cannabis the more we generate a methamphetamine (and other dangerous unintended consequences) problem. (see Professor James Roumasett, Economics, Hawaii University "Ice and Pokalo")

We create a soup of human rights violations purportedly to protect the public good yet fail to make any significant impact in prevention of misuse, availability or harms.

This is nothing short of black hole economics justified by politicians who pander to fears where there should be none.
Blair Anderson 
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