Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Admittedly not in quite some many words.
Well, the headline is "Research a gross waste of time and money" and it's clear the "S"ST's Spokesperson on Drug Issues does not know the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health & Development Research Unit from a bar of hemp-oil soap (She also puts scare-quotes around the word 'evidence' when it supports something she disagrees with).
I should say that, if you read all the way down to the bottom, the point is apparently the "30-years of research has indeed been a gross waste of time and money" if it does not lead to a change in drug policy.
Just for the record, they have been doing some other stuff. As this 240-page bibliography (PDF) suggests.
So, not what I'd call having you finger on the pulse from the Spokesperson there.
[Also, you can add to the list of things United Future's Judy Turner does not know the difference between a monkey and an ape. And the extent the concept of informed consent can be applied to a chimpanzee.]
[Another update: The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party blames the scientists too. Who apparently should be studying something else. For example, something they can't control for.]