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, January 17, 2018

Helen Clark, Drugs and Conversations we are not having.

While I, and others, applaud the logic of an R18 partial prohibition (Helen Clark commenced that conversation over thirty years ago), media and commentators, like Clark, are remiss in pointing out two important things.

1. Cannabis, the widely used drug of choice' despite its illicit status, and its obvious ethical clash surrounding medicinal use, has a safety profile orders of magnitude less than alcohol and tobacco.  Whom so ever may need treatment, from an industry that while it desperately needs some funding it is ever ready to crank up the appearance of a problem so that it seems relevant.... despite little evidence that it delivers much at all.

2. That we are starting a conversation from a base line of zero.  We are not. Indeed it was Helen Clark's Caucus in conjunction with the late Jim Anderton that passed the worlds best drug laws in 2008 that became known as Class D of which visiting Professor of Neurology, David Nutt described as "I wish I had thought of them myself".

Now let the conversation begin....

Blair Anderson
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