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Treatment or Jail: Patrick Kennedy Wages Fierce Anti-Pot Crusade

Treatment or Jail: Patrick Kennedy Wages Fierce Anti-Pot Crusade | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it

Last January Kennedy went public with his beliefs, launching Smart Approaches on Marijuana, or Project SAM, a campaign to keep marijuana illegal and address the failings of the drug war through other means...Kennedy and Sabet propose a mandatory screening for marijuana addiction, according to the “Legal Reform” section of their website. That could lead to “marijuana education,” and ultimately a year in a “probation program to prevent further drug use.” And if the pot smoker still insists on getting high? It’s handcuffs time.

“Incarceration is a powerful motivator,” says Kennedy, who after a prescription drug-related car crash in 2006 spent a year urinating in front of a probation officer three times a week. He faced a jail term if he relapsed. “That does it for a lot of people,” he added. “That’s the turning point: hearing that judge say treatment or jail.”


Via Julian Buchanan
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First they embrace the language of reform... then they own it. As if it is the only alternative position from blanket prohibition. The problem I have with Sabet et al is they leave everything that is broken, broken.  Like NarcAnnon et al. Project SAM has no respect for the 'self' -  with Sabet the higher power is the duress of the closed walls of a penitentiary. They cannot answer the question, if that failed before, what is it your proposing that will make it work now?

 

How would Project SAM (or a NZ facsimile) prevent/reduce the connection between alcohol and good times/success/accomplishment while exposing its health downsides?  One only needed to visit the enormously popular "HomeGrown" event last weekend in Wellington to see the dichotomy and irony. Primary sponsor "Whisky" under the guise of "MakingHistory" = Police called this event a 'success'...

 

Who looks deluded?

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Julian Buchanan's curator insight, February 17, 2014 3:01 PM

Kennedy & Sabet reveal how the prohibitionists will shift from police enforcement to invasive health enforcement - with the ultimate threat of incarceration.

Beware of joining the lobby "Drugs are not a crime problem they are a health issue" unless you are happy to support abstinence, drug testing and compulsory treatment.

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Cannabinoid Deficiency May Explain Your Health Problems

Cannabinoid Deficiency May Explain Your Health Problems | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
Researchers propose that cannabinoid deficiency could be the underlying cause of many ailments ranging from inflammation to age-related illness.
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When the truth of the deception is known, only then can restorative justice and good health and wellbeing be accounted. Anything else is a pretence.

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The Drug War, Not Terrorism, Brought Us Mass Surveillance

The Drug War, Not Terrorism, Brought Us Mass Surveillance | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it

I have reasonable cause to believe Well, here's a corker: Federal officials from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) are actually the source of our current domestic mass metadata collection madness, not the National Security Agency (NSA). The NSA got the idea from them. It turns out the DEA had been engaged in mass metadata collection of all phone calls originating from the United States to many foreign countries all the way back in the 1990s, a decade before the Sept. 11 terrorist attack. Of course, the reason back then was to fight the unwinnable drug wars. The DEA needed to know about your call to your aunt who lives in Italy in order to track down international drug cartels, obviously.


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I have reasonable cause to believe that the DEA may well have been tracking emails on drug policy and my movements.  In fact I would be damn well disappointed if they weren't.

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Julian Buchanan's curator insight, April 7, 10:57 PM

The drug war - coming to a school, workplace or home near you?
Watch this space!
 

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Endocannabinoid Deficiency Could Be To Blame For Your Chronic Health Conditions, Study Finds - Daily Health Post

Endocannabinoid Deficiency Could Be To Blame For Your Chronic Health Conditions, Study Finds - Daily Health Post | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
The body produces these on its own.
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Not to forget its role in reducing anxiety, stress and tension associated with stressors in contemporaneous society, the set and setting effects. How useful that a biomedical resource exists within the spectrum of common available plants to supplement our dietary needs. 

 

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Two to appear on cannabis charges - Otago Daily Times

Two to appear on cannabis charges - Otago Daily Times | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
[image]A Wanaka man and a Kingston man will appear in the Queenstown District Court on cannabis cultivation charges on April 13 after a series of search warrant operations on Monday and Tuesday.
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I doubt these plants would produce an oz. or two between them.  'A serious question needs to be asked - was this effective use of Police resources?'

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‘War on Drugs’ a failure? Not at all, here are fifteen benefits we need to consider

‘War on Drugs’ a failure? Not at all, here are fifteen benefits we need to consider | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it

It is widely assumed that the so called ‘war on drugs’ (the war between drugs) has been a terrible failure, and faced with the mounting evidence governments would want to change. This evidence is based largely upon an analysis of the failure of drug prohibition to reduce the demand and supply of banned substances, and a consideration of the associated harms caused in the process of prohibition. However, with a different agenda and focus it might be that this ‘evidence’ in terms of the failure to dent supply and demand, has over time, becomes secondary to other government and business interests. Seen in a different light, the Drug War has been a major success, providing many opportunities and benefits:


Via Julian Buchanan
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The war on some drugs is an unashamed sort, grift and war crime.

 

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Julian Buchanan's curator insight, April 2, 5:13 AM

Seen in a different light, the Drug War has been a major success providing considerable opportunities and benefits - take as look:

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A qualitative study by Murray Wilson, investigating the association between social exclusion, stigma and long term problem drug use in a New Zealand town

A qualitative study by Murray Wilson, investigating the association between social exclusion, stigma and long term problem drug use in a New Zealand town | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it

Conclusion:
The cohort interviewed show significant experiences of stigma, trauma and a disrupted life journey. These experiences became considerably exacerbated by problematic drug use and it appears most of the respondents have internalised and embraced a permanent status as ‘addicts’ with limited expectation of change. Respondents spoke of being ‘parked’ on methadone in respect of their drug problem and excluded from employment. This research suggests there is a need to look beyond the presented problem of addiction and its apparent solution of methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) and explore a more holistic strength-based approach that addresses issues of inequality, social care and discrimination. 


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Drug policy holistic? A political debate addressing issues of inequality, social care and discrimination?. [Northland By Election is a case in point]. We cant even get to grips with cost-benefit. And we choke on 'policy impact statements' that don't have Police NHQ approval.

Mate Wairua and Addiction are a metaphors for a spectrum of pathologies, It is a craven error of judgement believing the solution warrants warrants and stigma 'as a health intervention'.

The problem is political, rooted in our social ecology, just so, is the solution.

Change the rules people!. Its the stuff of social capital.

 

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Julian Buchanan's curator insight, March 24, 4:00 AM

Important qualitative NZ study that explores the life journey of people with a history of long term problematic us. The research discovers a group of people struggling with personal, social and political dislocation before PDU became established - people who now are labelled and discarded by the master status of ‘addict’.

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Is Addiction a Brain Disease? | The Fix

Is Addiction a Brain Disease? | The Fix | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
The concept that addiction is a medical disease is now being linked to the drug war—and being challenged—by a number of contemporary theorists.

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"Addiction" has been dropped from the DSMV. Thats about as contemporary as it gets!  

It will take years before the concept (and practitioners behaviours) become extinct so wedded are we to the notion. 

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Julian Buchanan's curator insight, March 17, 1:33 AM

Is recidivism a brain disease?

Is obesity a brain disease?

Is reckless driving a brain disease?

Is domestic violence a brain disease?

Is any pattern of repeated behaviour a brain disease?

 

Much too simplistic and reductionist - human behaviour is more complex, and for the most part humans have agency of their actions. 

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Cannabis 'will never be prescribed' - but 'should not delay a change in the law' says Prof. Pennington.

Cannabis 'will never be prescribed' - but 'should not delay a change in the law' says Prof. Pennington. | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it

CLINICAL trials of cannabis for medicinal purposes won’t see it approved for prescription and should not delay a law change allowing the use of the drug, an expert says.

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I cant recall how many times the MildGreens have presented the Pennington Report identified lack of efficacy  to Select Committee after Select Committee, each regrettably paying lip service to evidence.

Cannabis as medicine has been the subject of some 18000 peer reviewed studies. We know more about it than most common prescription and over the counter drugs.

Pennington is spot on.

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UK PMA Deaths: The case for testing drugs and a push for drug policy reform

UK PMA Deaths: The case for testing drugs and a push for drug policy reform | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
  January saw the devastating news of the deaths of four men over Christmas and New Year – all believed to have taken the same pink Superman pills containing the drug para-methoxyamphetamine (PMA). This drug, which has a similar composition to PMMA, has been around since the 1970s but due to its lack of positive effects was soon rejected by many. It is therefore assumed that most people were consuming what they thought was (3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine) MDMA. Effects and Psychopharmacology

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he who controls the language controls the dialog

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Julian Buchanan's curator insight, January 23, 3:39 PM

We need to avoid being seen to support drug testing (of people) which is part of the drugs war, and be clear we are talking here about 'Testing Drugs’ - never call it drug testing because of widespread use of that phrase already in an altogether different meaning and context.

 

Edi Schwager's curator insight, January 27, 9:32 AM

The drug testing in Zurich (see: saferparty.ch) does some really important work! By the way: supported by the town of Zurich!

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Drug policy: we need brave politicians and open minds

When it comes to policies for tackling drug misuse, we need an evidence based approach. These are not my sentiments, though I share them; these are the views of the leaders of all the UK political parties as expressed in recent government reports and a debate in parliament that gained cross party support.


Via ReGenUC
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NZ's Labour Party thinks such evidenced based thinking surrounding is a nonsense and of no import!

OK, so is cannabis a problem or not, Mr Little?
It cannot be both at the same time. 

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ReGenUC's curator insight, December 15, 2014 6:12 PM

More from the BMJ, following the editorial by Nicola Singleton and John Strang: http://sco.lt/9Cxpwn

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Prohibition Repeal Is A Good Model For Marijuana Legalization - Daily Caller

Prohibition Repeal Is A Good Model For Marijuana Legalization - Daily Caller | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
Today is the 81st anniversary of the repeal of federal alcohol prohibition.
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New Zealand adopted a rational approach to post prohibition, insofar as blanket nationwide alcohol prohibition was not the case, rather it was applied on a region by region basis and thus existed alongside wet areas whose vendors profited from its adjacency.

It was the solution as to who got ownership (and profits) from the required change that offers us a cannabis solution model too.

The establishment of community trusts that administers the solution and takes a local 'approach' to harm reduction administration and to fairly distributing the profit. 

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Cannabis users in their 30s 'have lungs of 80-year-olds'

Cannabis users in their 30s 'have lungs of 80-year-olds' | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
Smokers of the drug in their 30s have lungs so badly damaged they are put on long-term oxygen therapy while one patient in Bangor, north Wales, is awaiting a lung transplant, a study found.
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This is a mode of use issue.... and the failure of health promotion a regrettable if unintended  function of prohibition.

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Oxford's New "The Handbook of Cannabis" Is Going To Blow Your Mind

Oxford's New "The Handbook of Cannabis" Is Going To Blow Your Mind | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
Get out your Christmas wish list: Oxford University Press is now taking pre-orders for the The Handbook of Cannabis, a massive, $150, 768-page reference tome edited by Roger Pertwee, PhD, with cont...
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The Handbook of Cannabis is a one-stop reference and is “essential reading for all clinicians, pharmacologists, psychologists, and psychiatrists interested in this drug, as well as those working in the field of public health,” Oxford University Press writes. It belongs on the shelves of “anyone with an interest in this drug.”

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High Times Launches Petition to Free Prisoners Convicted of Non-Violent Cannabis Crimes

High Times Launches Petition to Free Prisoners Convicted of Non-Violent Cannabis Crimes | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
In the spirit of today’s holiday, High Times has launched a petition on Change.org to encourage the freeing of prisoners serving time for non-violent cannabis crimes.
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And fines remitted with interest following a declarative phrase "Sorry!" 

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Flaw and Disorder Committee "on drugs" petition response.

Flaw and Disorder Committee "on drugs" petition response. | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
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The Chair persons petition response is in conflict with 

(a) all known science 
(b) Ottawa charter 
(c) Human and Disability rights 
(d) our own National 'all drug' Policy 
(e) and the will of the people. 

We, the entire population of this country are being chronically and systematically fucked over.

That said we are maintaining a collective silence that closely approximates insanity.

We had the solution 'in our hands' with Helen Clark's crucial, if last thing she did as Prime Minister, caucus driven amendment to the principle act (MoD1975); Jim Anderton's "restricted substances regulations". I think many, on reading its concise and erudite 'reality based' solution were in disbelief. Not one political pundit, sitting member, religious council, treatment advocate or enforcement naysayer to be found in five years it was 'law'. Described by Professor Nutt as 'the worlds best drug laws' and that he had wished 'he had thought of them himself' it can only remain to be said.... silly buggers us!

We went from leading the world to anal retentive with the passing of the buck (poisoned chalice) to Peter Dunne, a sitting member elected on less votes than the unfunded and media ostracised Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party. Post Northland/Peters by-election, Dunne's one United Future vote holds sway over the entire politcal machine. 

Powers to which he is not entitled.

Where is Lee Harvey Oswald when you need him?

Big ups to all the petitioners, hero's every one.

http://prd-lgnz-nlb.prd.pco.net.nz/.../latest/whole.html

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Parkinson's Patients Report Subjective Relief From Cannabis - The Daily Chronic

Parkinson's Patients Report Subjective Relief From Cannabis - The Daily Chronic | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
Patients with Parkinson's self-report cannabis to be a highly efficacious alternative medicine in the treatment of the disease, according to survey data published online ahead of print in the journal Evidence-Based Complimentary and Alternative...
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Cannabis has a role to play in all ageing related inflammatory  and neurodegenerative diseases.  The epidemiology is self evident.

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'Conservative warlord' Barry O'Sullivan backs medical cannabis

'Conservative warlord' Barry O'Sullivan backs medical cannabis | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
Self-described "conservative warlord" and Coalition Senator Barry O'Sullivan has thrown his support behind a push to legalise medical cannabis.
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There is nothing 'conservative' about prohibition.

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Cannabis Charges Fall Dramatically in Colorado After (and Before) Legalisation

Cannabis Charges Fall Dramatically in Colorado After (and Before) Legalisation | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
Cops seem to have sharply reduced pot charges in response to shifting public opinion.

Via Julian Buchanan
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This is what happens when one lacks moral authority! Should we be surprised?  As to how much money is being saved, you won't see the Police lining up to offer a guesstimate let alone account!

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PODCAST 27mins: The War on Drugs - Johann Hari

PODCAST 27mins: The War on Drugs - Johann Hari | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
A hundred years after the war on drugs started - it's timely to ask just how did it start? Who started it? And why after all these years, does the war on drugs continue? And what would happen if you chose radically different drug policies. Journalist Johann Hari has travelled the world on a 3 year journey in search of these questions - from a transsexual crack dealer in Brooklyn, to a notoriously violent Mexican town, to a heroin clinic in Liverpool.

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As the conversation continues....

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Julian Buchanan's curator insight, March 21, 8:23 PM

I was fortunate to be involved in the Liverpool Clinic in the early 1980s working with Dr John Marks, and with John’s help we set up the South Sefton Community Drug team.in Bootle, Merseyside and developed a comprehensive low threshold harm reduction services that provided heroin and methadone maintenance, oral and injectables! 


See video nos. 6 & 7 
http://www.fead.org.uk/contributor.php?contributorid=30

 

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Former Cambridgeshire chief police constable Tom Lloyd brands new drug driving laws ‘outrageous’

Former Cambridgeshire chief police constable Tom Lloyd brands new drug driving laws ‘outrageous’ | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it

Lloyd, who was sitting on the drugs, crime and policing panel at the Home Affairs Select Committee Drugs Conference, said: "I think it's an outrageous law – it will criminalise people who are in no way impaired with a trace of cannabis in their system."

 


Via Julian Buchanan
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Compare this erudite comment to NZ's SAFER ROADS TV campaign that has people believing that thinking about your hamburger for a bit is a road competency test. You want to see how long some people take over the bloody wine list! 

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Julian Buchanan's curator insight, March 13, 5:40 AM

Drug testing is part of new prohibition.
It tests presence not impairment, use not problematic use. 

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'Bliss molecule' similar to THC in cannabis found in truffles - Belfast Telegraph

'Bliss molecule' similar to THC in cannabis found in truffles - Belfast Telegraph | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
Black truffles sniffed out of the ground by pigs and dogs due to their attractive earthy and cocoa-like aroma contain a "bliss molecule" similar to THC found in cannabis, scie
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Shrooms!  (can we expect to see people prohibited from accessing the effacious truffle soon!)  That's right 'those people' don't eat it!

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ARTICLE: The abject failure of drug prohibition by Alex Wodak


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Over the fifteen to twenty years I have known Alex he has been consistent in his view that prohibition is a criminal intervention  cloaked in political rhetoric that it is, somehow, for the greater good. Alex's conclusion in this justice journal nails it....

Print and hand it to your local MP. Even the ones whose ears are sewn on.

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Cannabis seized in Wanganui, Wellington raids - Wanganui Chronicle

Cannabis seized in Wanganui, Wellington raids - Wanganui Chronicle | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
Hundreds of cannabis plants were seized in police raids in Wanganui and Wellington on Thursday. - Wanganui Chronicle
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""Operation Yesterday has again demonstrated the extent of the illicit cannabis industry. Cannabis is still the leading illicit drug linked to hospital admissions and the harm it causestoour communities is immense." - Detective Senior Sergeant Tim Leitch, head of the *Wellington Drugs andOrganisedCrime team.

 

[*And no doubt a paid up member of the flat earth society!]

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Imagine being forced to squat naked, while police searched you for drugs you didn't have

Imagine being forced to squat naked, while police searched you for drugs you didn't have | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
Invasive naked searched by police have increased by almost a third in NSW, with thousands of NSW residents forced through the invasive process on the basis of sniffer dogs incorrectly indicating they are carrying drugs.

Via Julian Buchanan
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Honorable Dogs on Mission Impossible.

A sniff is not an indication of possession, it is merely a reliable dogs nose telling us that there is trace residual 'whatever' that could have come from anywhere, and sometime ago at that.  It has no rational correlate to guilt under law, rather, in particular for cannabis, for its very presence is in essence everywhere and anywhere such that a innocent person could easily come into contact with sufficient residual  smell without having any knowledge of so doing. The dog's sniff is thus mere 'fishing' conducted to purposely achieve nothing more than reinforce prohibition as a merchantable paradigm that is 'seen to be working' without actually doing so. 

I see the use of Ion detectors at airports doing exactly the same thing. Except Ion detectors don't respond to prejudice cues by their handlers.

It is nothing more than 'smoke and mirrors'.  

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Julian Buchanan's curator insight, December 1, 2014 8:53 PM

Even if you did have unapproved drugs - hey this is unacceptable, excessive and unwarranted use of law enforcement

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Medical Marijuana and the Workplace: What Employers Need to Know Now

Medical Marijuana and the Workplace:  What Employers Need to Know Now | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
By John A. DiNome, Amanda D. Haverstick, and Hadley B. Perkins There are now 24 jurisdictions with laws that legalize use of marijuana for medical purposes.
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The irrational zero tolerance response that employers have been trapped into makes even less sense in New Zealand, where 4:5 childbearing adults  in the surveyed demographic (CHDS, 2011) have used cannabis  five or more  times. 

It is seriously flawed management practice. 

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