John Roughan: Why the ‘health approach’ to marijuana won’t work

first_imgNZ Herald 5 May 2019Family First Comment: Well said by John Roughan“By the time we come to the referendum we might be seeing what the “health approach” to methamphetamine and other drugs really means. It means implied approval, causing increased use and public liability for addiction. At that point we might decide the criminal law gives the best, cheapest and healthiest message after all.”#saynopetodopeCampaigners for legalising marijuana used to be amiable libertarians who asked for nothing more than the right to grow or buy their drug of choice and the freedom to smoke it without risk of prosecution as drinkers of alcohol can do.Anyone who thinks that is all they will be voting for at a referendum next year is going to be surprised when the Government announces some details of what is proposed, possibly today.The people who have been leading the campaign to legalise marijuana in recent years are definitely not libertarians. They probably don’t even smoke pot or anything else.They are puritans who regard all pleasurable drugs as a problem demanding tighter regulation and much more health treatment.The reason they give for wanting to decriminalise marijuana is that they believe the criminal law has failed to stamp it out and merely discouraged users from seeking the treatment they need.But just quietly, they are also excited by the prospect of designing a regulatory regime that may be applied to all drugs, especially alcohol. A “model drug law” it was called in a report produced by the NZ Drug Foundation for the 2017 election.It will be interesting to see how much of that report’s proposals have been adopted in the regime the Government will put to the referendum. One News has had a tip that a minimum purchasing age of 20 will be set for legalised marijuana.That, of course, was the age public health professors urged Parliament to set for alcohol when they attempted to reduce its availability in 2010. They have never accepted that defeat and will try again at some stage with a new Parliament.The Drug Foundation’s “model law” for marijuana goes much further than any restrictions the public health professors proposed to the previous Government for alcohol. Licensed outlets would be more strictly limited and be “as uninteresting as possible”.READ MORE: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12227735last_img read more

Harrington leads delayed Honda

first_img Harrington, who won this tournament 10 years ago, carded a second-round 66 which took him to seven under par overall, one shot ahead of American Patrick Reed. The second round was completed on Saturday, after bad weather and light had forced an early end on Friday, but the day’s play was then ended 50 minutes into the third round due to lightning in the area as well as heavy wind and rain. When play does get back under way on Sunday, Harrington will be hoping to keep the momentum going. He has not been victorious on the PGA or European Tour since winning the last of his third majors – the US PGA Championship – in 2008, after which he decided to re-model his swing. The Irishman is now 297th in the world but was as low as 371 last year before he won on the Asian Tour’s Bank BRI Indonesia Open in December to give himself a boost. “I think I’m in a good place that I can deliver more performances like this,” he said on the PGA Tour website. “I feel like there’s good days ahead, so, you know, I’m not thinking, ‘Oh, I’ve got to do it and it will be a long time before it comes around again.’ I feel I’m in a good place with my game and I feel I give myself plenty of opportunities like this going forward.” Harrington, who has missed four cuts in his last five PGA Tour matches, ended his round with bogeys at his final two holes but is still ahead of Reed, who shot a 67 on Friday. England’s Ian Poulter put himself firmly in contention with a round of 64, which included an eagle, five birdies and just the one bogey, moving him up to joint third alongside Brendan Steele. Poulter’s compatriot Luke Donald is one shot further back, while Russell Knox of Scotland is on three under overall. Rory McIlroy’s early exit was confirmed, with the world number one missing the cut by three shots after his seven over par score. Three-time major winner Padraig Harrington took the halfway lead at the Honda Classic, which will be completed on Monday after the weather caused more delays at PGA National. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more