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, December 21, 2011

Cannabis is SAFER. "in Class D" or no Xmas for some!

Image representing New York Times as depicted ...Image via CrunchBase
Is this Professor suggesting NZ's R18 Class D 'restricted substances' is 99 times better than splitting the age and driving people to drink!

Drug policy is a zero sum game, everything we do wrong we do against ourselves. We make worse that which we came to fix. 
THC-3D-(with-cannabis-leaf-bkg)Image via WikipediaOne of the NYT readers comments (of which their are many well reasoned and insightful, and few 'holding theline') was this gem from a AE Doctor, 

  • Rick Abbott  / Boulder, CO

  • No science, just observations as an ER Doctor over 30 years, and addressing only short term effects:

    Rare to unheard of for marijuana alone involved in serious auto accident: although we know that THC impairs driving skills, I bet that the relative absence of THC in accidents is related to the differing effects of alcohol vs THC on aggressiveness. Impaired alcohol users sometimes (often?) get aggressive as well as impaired. THC users seem to get passive and impaired - a very different combo.

    Collegiate (and other) sexual assault: ER's care for many alcohol related sexual assaults - often the woman involved is comatose, and the guy is aggressive and impaired (see above). I can't recall a woman ever arriving in an ED stating "I smoked too much dope, and I think I might have been raped" - a common statement when you substitute alcohol.

    More of the same for assaults, falls, and assaults on EMS and ER staff - these are all a disease of alcohol, not THC.

    I fear however, that if a large-scale shift from alcohol usage to marijuana usage were to occur, ER business would suffer a substantial decline - with detrimental effects on employment among ER physicians and nurses, as well as our Emergency Services colleagues. Keep drinking, it's job security for me.
     / Blair
    By Robert Gable - OPED NYT
    No drug is good for teenagers. But when it comes to the chances of immediate death by chemical toxicity, marijuana is about a hundred times safer than alcohol.
     'tis the season to be silly'.
    Merry Xmas
    Blair Anderson 
    Social Ecologist 'at large'
    Christchurch, New Zealand
    ph nz  (643) 389 4065   nz cell 027 265 7219

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    Who Dat Cwazy Won Pull Maan!

    WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 29:  (L-R) Office of Co...Image by Getty Images via @daylife
    Some of the things the next President of the USA [Ron Paul] will do right away:

    • End The Drug War
    • Legalize Industrial Hemp
    • Allow Medical Marijuana Laws
    • Pardon All Non-violent Drug Offenders (that includes Marc Emery!)
    • Abolish The DEA and Drug Czar Office
    Who dat cwazy mann!
    Blair Anderson 
    Social Ecologist 'at large'

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    Sunday, December 18, 2011

    Cannabis Causes Crime Like Forks Cause Obesity

    An explosion at a Hamilton home allegedly caused by a man preparing a batch of cannabis oil put a young child at risk, police say.

    Detective Sergeant Ricky Thompson of the Hamilton CIB said emergency services were called to a Whatawhata Rd house about 1pm yesterday after reports of an explosion.

    ``We're working to establish what has occurred however initial indications are a man at the address had been preparing a batch of cannabis oil in the shed when the explosion occurred.''

    English: Diagram illustrating the relationship...Image via WikipediaCannabis no more caused this blast than forks cause obesity.

    Production of hash oil from low grade' cannabis is combination of (a) a harm reduction strategy, (b) prohibition creating unintended consequences (c) risk taking by marginalised subgroups (d) and failure to protect the public health (of anyone exposed to downside risks, such as children, landlords et al)

    These outcomes are happening on prohibitions watch just as hooch was poorly made (methanol) that lead to deaths, it was a function of policy... the policy changed and the hooch disappeared. It wasn't an argument for ramping up liquor prohibition.

    My guess is there will be plenty of folk who would think the silly bugger should rot in HMS hell, and at all of our expense. They need to come to understand that redoubling our efforts at prohibition, and redoubling them again and again has done nothing to protect the public health. It has endangered innocent people. But don't expect media to notice. see .Public Health Guidelines Proposed To Reduce The Harms From Cannabis Use (

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    Monday, December 12, 2011

    Five Murders, Ipswich Defined

    Five Daughters: BBC  

    Based on the personal testimonies of many of those most closely involved, Five Daughters recounts the final weeks in the lives of the five young women murdered in Ipswich in 2006. Stars:
    Prostitute talking to a potential customer in ...Image via WikipediaLegal Regulation of Prostitution was never going to stop prostitution. Just as Legal Regulation of currently illicit drugs (or emerging psychoactive recreational substances, currently unregulated) would not stop all drug problems. But is does allow the unintended consequences of prohibition related problems to be ring fenced. Dont think it possible to legislate? Look at this Royally approved UN compliant ‘Use of Drugs’ model adopted by the New Zealand Parliament in 2008. These are the Ministry of Health administered regulations Professor David Nutt said “he wished he had thought of them himself”. No Police, No Judges, No Corrections, No Politicians, and No Media have found just cause to even critic the crucial and necessary USE adjustments to the MisUse of Drugs Act (1975) in the past three years, yet some say they are the ones who stand to loose the most.

    Blair Anderson

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    Sunday, December 11, 2011

    Thirteen Ways Drug Legalization Could Improve Real Estate Values

    Thirteen Ways Drug Legalization Could Improve Real Estate Values

    Bridging-Social-Capital-ModImage via WikipediaAs any read of Catherine Ausren Fitts's "Narcodollars for Dummies" would inform us, prohibition is crap for communities whereas legal regulation is the stuff of social capital.

    Blair Anderson
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    Wednesday, December 07, 2011

    Let's Talk About Solutions - Editorial

    9-23-05 'alleged dui' results: wreck & injuriesImage by vikisuzan via Flickr

    Curiously, and despite it not making any contribution to debate on the hustings, the Law Commission's enquiries on Alcohol and Other Drugs was instructive insofar as during the review process Commission(er) Warren Young said in answer to questions regarding the two most popular recreational substances under enquiry, cannabis and alcohol, "one would inform the other".

    If we took as a starting point the National Drug Policy development guidelines (circa 1996) that the illicit or licit status of a drug had no bearing on the pharmacology but greatly affected the pathology one could be forgiven for wondering if the legal status of both should be reversed.

    Even if the Law Commission was politically constrained in doing so, it certainly heard good evidence that could have informed the policy base but it cow-towed to international convention without argument when its study should have 'informed' the signatory status. The onus is to protect OUR health and welfare not someone else's, it was OUR inquiry after all.

    130 recommendations concerning alcohol did not include one reference to the impediments to health promotion, the perceived double standards that apply to cannabis, ironically identified by the Brian Neeson lead (National Party) Health Select Committee inquiry of 1998.

    There is the debate we should be having.

    Made all the more important now that we learn from one of the most robust epidemiological studies ever undertaken that shows that 1/3rd of the entire population of the USA is 'protected' from alcohol related harm where ever medicinal cannabis has become du jour. (9% reduction in alcohol related road deaths.)

    Good grief, and we had an election that saw Don Brash snubbed for mentioning cannabis!
     Spin. Talk. Act.Image by mangee via Flickr
    Blair Anderson
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    Saturday, December 03, 2011

    123!, What are we waiting for?

    Woodstock Music Festival/1969Image by dbking via Flickr1. Expunge all convictions for cannabis, possession and cultivations. and
    2. Refund all fines and court costs else wise 'sorry' is just a word. and
    3. Place cannabis into the Class D provisions of the Misuse of Drugs Act where, quite correctly, it can be managed as a health issue.

    1/2 &3 act to coherently address the displacement of revenues from entire communities that presently exist under the aegis of prohibition's grey markets.

    It doesn't matter which order 1,2 & 3 are done as they are required to be done simultaneously. Would this pass a referendum, no. Is it the right thing to do, yes. Does it comply with the BoRA, yes. Does doing nothing? NO!.

    Its a matter of governance, not popularity.

    The cannabis debate is  mischaracterised as 'what is politically possible' whereas the Minister of Health under whose warrant ALL drug convictions and investigations and oversight is exacted has a primary responsibility to "First Do No Harm".

     The required healing is, 123! What are we waiting for?

    Blair Anderson
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