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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