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

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Ostracise the pot smokers, not jail them - Rosemary McLoud

Rosemary, you reveal far more than I think you intended..
The cannabis laws are not about health nor are they about crime....they are about 'othering', putting labels on people. As with opium and coca, the roots of anti-drug laws are founded on puritanical (religious) and racist foundations. Should we be now surprised that openly advocating "progressive social ostracism" as if it hasn't been tried (what could be more punitive than threat of, and actual jailing of otherwise law abiding citizens) arguing that ostracism has worked for tobacco, yet fail to acknowledge that not one person has been jailed for sparking up that particular deadly herb, nor for its cultivation, preparation, merchandising, advertising or for taking a slice of the action (taxes). Your views are tired, nonsensical and frankly racist, sexist and ageist in their application. As long as that remains true you are part of the problem and no part of the solution. You are endangering the public. You are making our communities unsafe and you are hurting otherwise innocent people. You give succour to those who would disproportionat¬≠ely punish and who resort to violence and oppression to enforce compliance on both sides of the law. You are however increasingly in the minority and thankfully destined to realise this in due course. Reform is inevitable, and you will be the better for it
Blair Anderson 
Social Ecologist 'at large'
Christchurch, New Zealand
ph nz  (643) 389 4065   nz cell 027 265 7219
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