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 16, 2012

I wish I had thought of them myself.

Potential harm of commonly used drugs based on...
Potential harm of commonly used drugs based on a study by David Nutt, 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Dunne is being utterly disingenuous to the truth of the matter.  This is not joined up thinking, and it is not intersectoral,  worse, it is harm maximisation pretending to be best practice.
[Ecstasy] MDMA is safer than horse riding and 'herbals' a fraction of the harms of  cannabis let alone alcohol.
Were evidence to inform policy Dunne would be  putting them all under former drug czar  Andertons  Class D regulations. NZ's world class  innovation in drug policy  'use' of SAFER  soft drugs managed as a health matter. The legislations explainatory note is instructive.

Explanatory note

This note is not part of the regulations, but is intended to indicate their general effect.
The Misuse of Drugs Amendment Act 2005 (the Act) created a regime for regulating restricted substances. Restricted substances are psychoactive drugs that are considered to be of low risk but still in need of some regulation. Part 3 of the Act established a limited number of controls for restricted substances, including a minimum purchase age of 18 years and prohibitions on free-of-charge distribution and the advertisement of restricted substances in certain media. Section 62 of the Act allowed for wider controls to be implemented through regulation.
These regulations, which come into force on the 28th day after the date of their notification in the Gazette, place further controls on the places from which restricted substances can be sold or supplied, the signage that must be displayed, and the advertising, labelling, packaging, and storage of restricted substances.
Currently, there are no restricted substances. These regulations are made in anticipation of 1 or more restricted substances being listed in Schedule 4 of the Act under the authority of section 33 of the Act.

 'I wished I had thought of them myself'- David Nutt, speaking to the adult only "Restricted Substances Regulations" Christchurch, Otago School of Medicine Guest Lecture.
Blair Anderson 
Social Ecologist 'at large'
Christchurch, New Zealand
ph nz  (643) 389 4065   nz cell 027 265 7219

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