Canvassing for Opinion - aka "Blairs Brain on Cannabis"

IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Saturday, December 10, 2016

The re-shuffle, Key, Labour and Pot.

fRoss Bell is right, it was a knee jerk response.. Andrew Little is wrong, he too is locked into the prohibition paradigm. This is not about synthetics (already a name carrying baggage, Aspro is synthetic, and going by these standards discussed here so too is alcohol. ).

New Zealand Labour Party leader is seemingly bereft of short term memory for it was the 'right solution' when LABOUR passed in 2008, an order in council creating an additional class "D" amending the Misuse of Drugs Act, in which to place drugs (primarily used recreationally) that were less harmful than alcohol. [it was the last thing Helen Clark did]

I have cause and reason to believe the impact of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition delegates, Eddie Ellison and Jack Cole made on Health Minister in charge of Drug Policy, Jim Anderton in 2004 and Anderton's following day announcement (on Good Friday  ) of a pending "Class D" initiatives consistent with the pro forma proposal of the MildGreens to the respective Select Committees (some 16 presentations) the most important being our presentation 'how to do this.. by Order in Council' - that was the game changer.

The "Restricted Substances Regulations" were heralded by Professor David Nutt as the best drug laws in the world. Somewhat ironically, Christchurch's sister city Seattle (Washington State) that later passed a a state wide recreational cannabis model lead by then Senator Roger Goodman (who said of our Labour Party lead reg's, they were 'erudite, concise, and workable'). Goodman headed up the King County Bar Association 'health and safety' drug policy advocacy that saw in the Washington State "cannabis Law Reform' with the multifaceted purpose of community safety, wellbeing and protecting young people'. Roger Goodman invited the writer to present "Class D" to the US based annual Volunteer Committee of Lawyers (or VCL) get together in Alberquerque, New Mexico. [VCL was the legislative instrument that famously overturned alcohol prohibition in the USA]

What was more instructive to the Washington harm reduction initiative and informs us where we need to go.... is who was involved!

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Professional and Civic Coalition for Drug Policy Reform

The King County Bar Association has strengthened links with other organizations in the professional and civic communities. Nowhere else in the nation has such a coalition of groups been activated on drug policy reform issues to this extent. Among our partners:

King County Bar Association
Church Council of Greater Seattle
King County Medical Society
League of Women Voters of Washington
Loren Miller Bar Association
Municipal League of King County
National Alliance on Mental Illness of Washington
Seattle League of Women Voters
Washington Academy of Family Physicians
Washington Osteopathic Medical Association
Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility
Washington Society of Addiction Medicine
Washington State Bar Association
Washington State Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Washington State Medical Association
Washington State Pharmacy Association
Washington State Psychiatric Association
Washington State Psychological Association
Washington State Public Health Association
The Washington State Bar and Medical Associations, with encouragement and guidance from the KCBA, adopted their own resolutions in 2001 stating official positions on drug policy.

For more information on projects like this at other bar associations, or to start a similar project or committee at your bar association, please visit the Voluntary Committee of Lawyers' website at
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They did this for the kids.....

Look who jumped up for the re-shuffle... Minister of Police, Minister of Corrections, Minister of Health, and Minister of Social Welfare. (tell me that's not the POLitics of POT) I think I should run against the Courts and Justice Minister, Hon. Amy Adams! It might help her speak her mind!

Blair Anderson 
Social Ecologist 'at large'
Christchurch, New Zealand
ph nz  (643) 389 4065   nz cell 027 265 7219
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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Kiwi's overwhelming support for herbal therapeutic Cannabis

English: NORML members protest in Lafayette Pa...
English: NORML members protest in Lafayette Park during the annual July 4th "Smoke-In." (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: 'Mary Jane the Cannabus', the vehicle...
English: 'Mary Jane the Cannabus', the vehicle of a NORML cannabis activism group, seen in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
New UMR poll shows overwhelming support for medical cannabis law change, says NORML

A new poll conducted for cannabis campaigners shows New Zealanders want the law changed now, says NORML.
“What may be surprising to some is that most people want herbal cannabis sold at health food stores for therapeutic purposes, alongside the Marjoram,” said Chris Fowlie, spokesperson for the National Organisation for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML NZ Inc).
The poll was conducted by UMR for Start the Conversation from 29th July to 17th August 2016.

The poll will be used by the group, which includes representatives of NORML, to decide whether to proceed with organising a cannabis law reform referendum to coincide with next year’s general election.


76 per cent agreed when asked “Should Parliament change the laws of New Zealand so that patients have safe legal access to affordable medicinal cannabisand cannabis products when prescribed by a licensed doctor?”
Only 12 per cent were opposed to this law change – including just 15% of National Party voters – with a further 12 per cent undecided.
URM’s previous cannabis poll in March 2016 reported that 72% of respondents agreed with “the use of marijuana being allowed for medical purposes”.


In the latest poll, respondents were also asked “Should Parliament change the laws of New Zealand so that natural cannabis and medicinal cannabis products are treated as herbal remedies when used therapeutically?”

This was supported by 61 per cent of respondents, opposed by 24 per cent, with 15 per cent undecided.

“Support for medicinal cannabis does not collapse when the proposed model treats medicinal cannabis like a herbal remedy rather than a pharmaceutical,” Chris Fowlie noted. “Four out of five supporters of a strict approach that requires a doctor’s prescription would also support having medicinal cannabis sold as a herbal remedy at health food stores.”
Mr Fowlie had a hand in formulating the questions, and says the two variations where chosen to test support for medicinal cannabis law reform and to see what would be supported in a referendum.

Mr Fowlie says he was “not surprised” there was such strong support for an approach that would classify natural medicinal cannabis as a herbal remedy, allowing it to be obtained from health food stores, as this was the sort of thing he was hearing on the street and in social media.

“This depth of support was also shown in the recent NZ Drug Foundation Curia pollwhere support for medicinal cannabis when limited to patients with a terminal illness was 82 per cent, and only dropped three per cent if it was allowed for “any medical condition””, added Mr Fowlie.

“The recent Curia poll revealed 65 per cent want cannabis either decriminalised or made legal. This new UMR poll shows a healthy majority want natural cannabis treated as a herbal remedy, and made easily available at health food stores, when it is used therapeutically.”

“John Key thinks cannabis law reform sends the wrong messageyet NORML’s message is getting through. Most New Zealanders now know cannabis is not only safer than alcohol but is also an effective remedy for a variety of conditions, and they want the law to change.” “The message John Key needs to hear is that very few people support the status quo, including National Party voters, and he ignores them at his own peril,” said Mr Fowlie.
  • Chris Fowlie is NORML’s spokesperson and a candidate for the Waitakere Licensing Trust in this year’s local body elections. He is running on a ticket of “Regulate Cannabis Like Alcohol”, and says under the current law the Trust could run Cannabis Social Clubs for medicinal and/or research purposes. As with West Auckland liquor sales, any profits would be returned to the community.
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On Unintended Consequences and Resolving the Tensions Surrounding Cannabis

A significant amount of prohibitions unintended consequences are born on those who have nothing to do with cannabis and other drugs. Though too, it should be noted that the greater part of the cannabis supply network is invisible and largely conducted benignly. What other business is consensually conducted without advertising and other impost, that turns over about a billion dollars a year, requires little to no management, security or energy, generates miniscule pollution and there is not a lawyer, accountant, banker or OSH official in sight. Consider the prevalence of use, where our very own gold standard longitudinal study of some 35 yrs (Christchurch Health and Development Study) identified that 4 out of 5 of our surveyed community had tried cannabis more than five times. (read: law in disrepute), now consider who they are.... they are our neighbours, they are our family, our parents, children, uncles and aunts; they are our friends, they are who we do business with, they are who we obtain professional services from and they are who we sleep with. They could even be us! Imagine all of them with criminal convictions, as the LAW intended. Who would that serve? We must deconstruct the hyperbole and fifty years of potaganda and see it for what it is: Cannabis law reform is a neighbourhood issue. It is about us.
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Monday, February 22, 2016

Teaching the Teachers, Hanoi School for Blind Children

'Trust but carry a Big Stick' 
Introducing the White Cane to Enhance Mobility
Inclusive Education,  Hanoi, Vietnam November 2015.
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May your Karma run over your Dogma!

Dogma is a principle or set of principles or tenets concerning faith, morals, behavior, etc., laid down by an authority as incontrovertibly true. It serves as part of the primary basis of an ideology or belief system.
High Priest of Dogma?
It is in the uncompromisingness with which dogma is held and not in the dogma or want of dogma that the danger lies.   /   Samuel Butler (1835 - 1902), The Way of All Flesh

Blair Anderson

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Thursday, June 04, 2015

Drug Dogs Get the Pink Slip! [So too should the handler]

The same argument should be applied to entire drug enforcement teams....
They suffer the same affliction as the Dogs, synaptic lock down believing for so long that what they do amounts to 'some good'. Any coerced change in underlying ethos will only give them Post Trauma Syndrome and a Suppressed Guilt Complex as they struggle with saying Sorry to all those they have busted and risk acute epilepsy like symptoms as they are compelled to walk past a 'sophisticated grow lab'.

Blair Anderson
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Sunday, December 28, 2014

The Kiwi Golden Eagle

Lake Ellesmere (Waihora) Xmas 2014
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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Richard Branson, Caroline Lucas & Anne-Marie Cockburn on October 30th UK...

Blair Anderson
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