Lyndon Hood - Graduate, Wellington

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

"Sensibile" Sentencing Trust calls Dunedin Multidisciplinary Study "a gross waste of time and money"

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.]

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