The untruths supporting prohibition of cannabis


Family First released a poll, a loaded poll, but a poll nonetheless that purports to show Kiwis don’t want decriminalisation or legalisation of cannabis. Supposedly the majority are in favour of continued prohibition despite the empirical evidence world wide that it has not worked and will not ever work in combatting cannabis use.

The Curia question was whether respondents agreed or disagreed that: “If an adult wishes to use a drug such as marijuana, they should be able to do so legally.”

Only 38 per cent of men and 28 per cent of women agreed, while 57 per cent of men and 63 per cent of women disagreed.

Agreement peaked at 42 per cent in the 18-40 age group but fell to 30 per cent among those aged 41-60 and 23 per cent in the 60-plus age group.

Both Labour and especially National voters opposed legalisation, but it gained a bare majority of 50 per cent among those supporting other parties, where only 40 per cent disagreed with it. 

Bob McCoskrie thinks his poll is right and another is wrong.

 Family First director Bob McCoskrie said it was sparked by a TV3 episode of The Vote in May, when 72 per cent of viewers who responded by text or email supported decriminalising “soft drugs”.

“Their question simply fed the myth that cannabis is a gentle, harmless substance,” he said.

In using that untruth he actually lies about cannabis. As is often the way when I am researching for a post another blogger comes up with something at the same time. Andrew Sullivan exposes the untruths that people like Bob McCoskrie use to perpetrate prohibition.

Here’s a short recap of one moment in a day in Washington when the insanity of the war on pot was actually discussed:

Marijuana’s status as an illegal drug “isn’t based on a whim,” Mr. Grassley said. “It’s based on what science tells us about this dangerous and addictive drug.”

Just. Not. True.

Marijuana is one of the safest substances ever to open up the human mind and relax the human psyche. It is far less dangerous and far less addictive than alcohol – and yet is it classified as no different than heroin by the federal government. The feds absurdly claim that there is no medical use whatsoever for this drug – while children with epilepsy are finally getting some desperate relief and as countless patients testify for cannabis’s benefits in tackling nausea, glaucoma, and neuropathy, among many other conditions. We’re all entitled to an opinion. But no one is entitled to say things that have been proven demonstrably false. And Grassley is no minor figure: he’s the ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee. He needs to be called out – not least by the Obama administration.

Just like Grassley, it is McCoskrie who is wrong. If prohibition was working then how come there is no abatement in cannabis use? How come the Police no longer enforce possession?

There has to be a better way…and imagine the results of a poll where people were properly educated instead of force fed bias and faulty mis-truths about cannabis by people like Bob McCoskrie.

I wonder what will happen when the world moves to legalise and these people are left standing high and dry on their pedestal of false information and lies?

Just think of the stupidity of the situation where we are passing laws to control, regulate and ensure the safety of the use of synthetic cannabis products all the while natural, organic product is deemed highly illegal. If we can regulate and control tobacco and alcohol and synthetic cannabis then why not organic cannabis?

Arguably tobacco and alcohol cause far more harm and yet we licence and control the dispensing of those products…time for a reality check…move to legalisation…move to control, and at the same time remove the criminal element from the market.

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