this piece that featured on Spinoff and TVNZ about psychiatrists opposed to liberalisation of cannabis laws.
You have to read it carefully to realise at no point do the psychiatrists oppose liberalisation or recommend a ‘no’ vote. (I read it a while back, and the headline and carefully worded quotes match up – but not the ‘takeaway’ that liberalisation of the law or legalisation is a ‘bad thing’.)
All they are saying is we need to be aware of the possible harms, and a reality-based discussion and sensible education are desirable. IMO we’re far more likely to get those things after legalisation – and reading this piece carefully you sense maybe that’s something the ‘experts’ tend to feel too.
But it’s still used by opponents to paint a dark picture of pot-smoking hordes, widespread psychosis and social disintegration.