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

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Eternal Vigilance on Drug Policy and Teen Pregnancy

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Time to see the Light
 (Photo credit: mildgreens)
How might I convince sceptics....?

My comments on a another blog (Eternal Vigilance) I thought worthy of repeating here:

The Blogger may find it somewhat embarrassing to note that teenage 'risky' behaviours diminish across the board when we get drug policy right.

Now I don't expect the blog writer, going by his logic (there) to get the connection, but there it is. Evidence is on our side. (besides, in the bigger picture, prohibition being criminogenic, unintended consequences rendered on adults of childbearing age directly hurts these very same young people, they pay doubly so.)

I might cite for the readers benefit that teenage pregnancies and consequences allied to unsafe sex are often quoted for New Zealand as being right up there and there is the usual wringing of hands and gnashing of teeth as we wax lyrical about 'if only they didn't'.

But the Netherlands, where condoms as about as popular and as accessable has a teen pregnancy rate (across each age group) about one fifth of ours.

That is, my kids(1xM,1xF) when growing up were 500% MORE LIKELY than their dutch peers of being or getting 'up the spud'.

While neither did, and some might argue that this supports my case, there are a bunch of other bio-psychosocial factors I am glad my kids never put me through.

Medical bills for STD's and yes, I still get to be a Grandfather, is one, but there others such as drug's and related harms where our Kiwi kids are at 500% greater risk, trouble with the law again 500% greater risk, and of teen suicide, 500% greater risk (higher among young males, they tend to be more successful).... seeing a pattern here? 

If we are to look at who doesn't speak credibly about drug use, or understand the more moderate position of the Dutch on this issue fails to understand that lying (by omission or fact) to our kids is more dangerous than credible (anti) drug education, and that as a parent worries me.

Drugs are bad, well, because they are against the law! doesn't cut it. And for all those religious conservative types... you think they aren't on that page? The Christchurch Health and Development Study (gold standard in this demography) evidences that four out of five have used illicit drugs more than five times. So you don't believe YOUR kids are doing it?  Ask them if they masturbate in the shower and see if you get an honest answer?

I think the Dutch are onto something. Especially when it comes to parenting. They can have a honest relationship with their kids. And that sets the kids up for honest relationships amongst themselves... and that, not public health interventions that speculate success, not politicians, esp. the 'gotta be seen to be doing something' types' and particular blogging conservative liberals (humbug, there is nothing conservative in our punitive drug policy and if your not on that page this will just confuse you).

So? How might I convince sceptics teen pregnancy has nothing to do with drug policy?

And if it is not related, what identifiable factor or factors are the Dutch doing that would inform the debate and produce such spectacular results?

Absent a good suggestion or concrete answer I can honestly say, with I believe some earnest authority and based on a 100% success with my kids,  what we are doing now is just selling the public a condom with a hole in it.

--
Blair Anderson 
Social Ecologist 'at large'
Christchurch, New Zealand
ph nz  (643) 389 4065   nz cell 027 265 7219
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Thursday, March 27, 2014

All Drug Policy no longer moot for Council, rather 'self evident'.

Christchurch based Civic Issues think tank, The MildGreen Initiatives has been at the forefront of "Healthy Christchurch"  alcohol and other drug policy for more than twenty years. In response to 'concerns' expressed at recent standing committee's looking at the provisions for 'management' of soft drugs in our community (Psychoactive Substances Act)  MildGreen Policy Analyst Blair Anderson  recommends the Christchurch City Council marginalises synthetic psychoactive availability and although mild by alcohol standards,  the apparent risks and harms.

The MildGreens commend the embracing of purposeful social health primitives, ah la Ottawa Charter, with an 'all drug policy' consistent with the city's signatory status, the core driver for Healthy Christchurch Charter and also consistent with Ministry of Health (circa 1994-6) National Drug Policy principles.


Coffeshop Pick Up The Pieces,Amsterdam...
Pick Up The Pieces
One of the many coffee shops in Amsterdam
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Such principles applied  across the board, [including evidence for alcohol harm reduction] can be achieved by reenabling and adopting NZ's world class "Restricted Substances Regulations" a concept promoted by fmr Deputy Prime Minister and Assoc Minister of Health, Hon  Jim Anderton as gazetted into law in 2008. Many would recognise this initiative as the required crucial adjustment to the principle 1975 Misuse Of Drugs Act as Fmr Prime Minister, now #3 at the UN, Rt. Hon. Helen Clarke's R18 partial prohibition of Cannabis.



Brill tram No 178 on the Christchurch Tramway
Brill tram No 178 on the Christchurch Tramway

Why do it in Christchurch?
 

Our gold standard health and development study evidences that four out of five citizens of our city under 35yrs like Cannabis, enough to break the law in accessing and consuming it more than five times.  All of whom seemingly having come to little harm.
 
We have to resolve those tensions that would see such a targeted and punitive law (disproportionate in its ageist, sexist and racial application) getting in the way of best practice.
 
The science and evidence for such reform is no longer moot. The evidence is in and it is exonerative. Anything else will continue to waste time, resource and energy away from what needs to be done, as is the case here.
 
Fix that which is broken. Once.
 
see
 
 
Christchurch City Council meeting minutes:
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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Conservatives Sell Condoms with Holes in them...

Prezerwatywa, z angielskiej wiki
The writer may find it somewhat embarrassing to note that teenage 'risky' behaviours diminish across the board when we get drug policy right. Now I don't expect the writer, going by his logic here to get the connection, but there it is.


I might cite for the readers benefit that teenage pregnancies and consequences allied to unsafe sex are often quoted for New Zealand as being right up there and there is the usual wringing of hands and gnashing of teeth as we wax lyrical about 'if only they didn't'. But the Netherlands, where condoms as about as popular and as accessable has a teen pregnancy rate (across each age group) about one fifth of ours.

That is, my kids(1xM,1xF) when growing up were 500% MORE LIKELY than there dutch peers of of being or getting 'up the spud'. While neither did, and some might argue that this supports my case, there are a bunch of other bio-psychosocial factors I am glad my kids never put me through. Medical bills for STD's and yes, I still get to be a Grandfather, is one, but there others such as drug's and related harms where our Kiwi kids are at 500% greater risk, trouble with the law again 500% greater risk, and of teen suicide, 500% greater risk (higher among young males, they tend to be more successful).... seeing a pattern here? 

 If we are to look at who doesn't speak credibly about drug use, or understand the more moderate position of the Dutch on this issue fails to understand that lying (by omission or fact) to our kids is more dangerous than credible (anti) drug education, and that as a parent worries me.

Drugs are bad, well, because they are against the law! doesn't cut it.

And for all those religious conservative types... you think they aren't on that page? The Christchurch Health and Development Study (gold standard in this demography) evidences that four out of five have used illicit drugs more than five times. So you don't believe YOUR kids are doing it?  Ask them if they masturbate in the shower and see if you get an honest answer?

I think the Dutch are onto something. Especially when it comes to parenting. They can have a honest relationship with their kids. And that sets the kids up for honest relationships amongst themselves... and that, not public health interventions that speculate success, not politicians, esp. the 'gotta be seen to be doing something' types' and particular blogging conservative liberals (humbug, there is nothing conservative in our punitive drug policy and if your not on that page this will just confuse you).



English: Used condom
So? How might I convince sceptics teen pregnancy has nothing to do with drug policy? And if it is not related, what identifiable factor or factors are the Dutch doing that would inform the debate and produce such spectacular results?

Absent a good suggestion or concrete answer I can honestly say, with I believe some earnest authority and based on a 100% success with my kids,  what we are doing now is just selling the public a condom with a hole in it.

http://blog.eternalvigilance.me/2013/11/fighting-for-peace-is-like-subsidising-condoms-to-cut-teen-pregnancy/#comment-3064652

Blair Anderson http://mildgreens.blogspot.com
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Sunday, March 09, 2014

IDPC Special Alert: 57th Commission on Narcotic Drugs & High Level Segment

 
    
IDPC Special Alert: 57th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs and High Level Segment

The 2014 Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) will take place from the 13th to 21st March in Vienna, Austria – including the High Level Segment which will take place on 13th and 14th March.
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The High Level Segment
The High Level Segment will review progress and challenges since the agreement of a Political Declaration on drugs in 2009. Ministers will come together to share experiences and sign-off on a Joint Ministerial Statement by consensus (the Statement is currently being negotiated in Vienna). The High Level Segment will include three roundtables on demand reduction, supply reduction and money laundering.

The Commission on Narcotic Drugs
Starting Monday 17th March will be the normal CND session. As usual, the CND will include a thematic debate at the Plenary, as well as two panel discussions, one of which on the scheduling of substances and the other on preparations for the 2016 UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on Drugs. Member states will also negotiate 12 resolutions in the Committee of the Whole. These resolutions need to be agreed by consensus.

Attendance & practical information
IDPC is collecting the contact details of people attending the CND in order to send them updates on the event closer to the date of the event. If you would like to receive these updates, please send your contact details to the IDPC Secretariat.

Several Guides have now been released if you wish to access any logistical information:
If you are unable to attend, the High Level Segment will be broadcast here, and the CND will be streamed via Skype. During the CND, in case the quality of the streaming is not of sufficient quality, please use a standard phone line to dial into the conference listening service. Call +43-1-26060 and enter the following listening number: 77713.

Side events
IDPC will be co-organising a series of side events during the CND:

Monday 17th March:
  • 9:00 - 9:50 - Sentencing policies for drug offences: Best practices in the UK, organised by the Academic Council on the UN System, the Vienna Liaison Office and IDPC - Conference Room M2
  • 13:10 - 14:00 - A tool for debate: The OAS report on drug policy, organised by Guatemala, Colombia, Mexico, IDPC - Conference Room M2
Tuesday 18th March:
  • 13:10 - 14:00 - Monitoring and evaluation of the Uruguayan cannabis legislative and regulation process, organised by Uruguay, TNI, IDPC, WOLA - Conference Room M2
Wednesday 19th March:
  • 9:00 - 9:50 - Health: the cornerstone of future drug policy (with a focus on access to essential medicines), organised by Lithuania, IDHDP, IAHPC and IDPC - Conference Room M3
  • 9:00 - 9:50 - Current drug policies: Evaluating indicators, examining future options, organised by Finland, IDPC, Global Drug Policy Observatory, LSE Ideas, ICSDP - Conference Room M6
  • 13:10 - 14:00 - Modernising drug law enforcement, organised by Switzerland, IDPC, IISS and Chatham House - Conference Room M3
  • 14:20 - 15:10 - Drug trafficking and consumption in West Africa, organised by Cape Verde and co-sponsored by the African Union, the West Africa Commission on Drugs, Benin and IDPC - Conference Room M3
The official agenda of the CND which includes all side events is available here.

On Sunday 16th March (9:45 to 12:30 at the NH Danube Hotel), Transform and Mexico Unido Contra la Delincuencia will also organise a workshop on how to constructively engage with - and win - the debate on drug regulation. If you wish to attend, please email steve@tdpf.org.uk.

Informal Civil Society Hearing
The VNGOC has organised an Informal Civil Society Hearing to take place on 12th March from 15:00 to 18:00 – ahead of an Informal Civil Society Briefing for member states, which will take place on Thursday 13th March from 13:00 to 15:00 (i.e. during the High Level Segment itself).

Informal dialogues with the INCB and UNODC
On Tuesday 18th March, the VNGOC will organise informal dialogues with the President of the International Narcotics Control Board (from 10:00 to 10:45, location TBC) and with the Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (from 11:00 to 11:45, Conference Room M3).

Communications and media
This year, IDPC will collaborate with the New Zealand Drugs Foundation and the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care to update the CND Blog. This Blog, available in English and Spanish, provides hour-by-hour updates on the discussions and decisions taken at the CND.

If you are tweeting from the CND, please use the hash-tag #CND2014.

IDPC has prepared a short media 'Frequently Asked Questions' document about the CND and High Level Segment. A Press Conference with UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov will take place on Friday 14th March at 17:00 in the MOE Press Room, M-Building, Vienna International Centre.

Further information
We will keep updating you on the CND process as we get closer to the event. For now, you can find more information by clicking on the following links:
 

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