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, November 27, 2004

Criminals property to be targeted: - Beehive Bulletin

Criminals property to be targeted,
Beehive Bulletin - Friday, 26 November 2004

A civil forfeiture regime to be introduced by the government will force criminals to prove their property was legally obtained. Justice Minister Phil Goff says the current Proceeds of Crime Act 1991 has only been moderately successful at recovering assets from criminals. Under the new legislation, the Crown will be able to seek a High Court order restraining a person's assets if it can show there are reasonable grounds to believe that person benefited from serious criminal activity. The Court can then order confiscation. No specific criminal offense need be proved. Phil Goff says the new legislation will allow the targeting of gang bosses who remain at arm's length from the actual offending but take the profit.

Labour heralds the dysfunction, MAXIM cops one in the eye.

"Where an excess of power prevails, property of no sort is duly respected. No man is safe in his opinions, his person, his faculties, or his possessions" - President Madison [USA]

Some reformers may recall a mildgreen email and SCOOP release of about March last year, where visiting academic Lawrence Reed of the MACKINAC Centre for Public Policy, a Michigan think tank delivered a speech 'Seven Principles of Sound Public Policy' to the MAXIM membership in the Canterbury Club, Christchurch. He was questioned on drug policy's ethical disparity with the the subject of his talk.

Maxim Trips-Up On Drugs

NZ’s conservative think-tank, the Maxim Institute, needs to rethink its advocacy against cannabis law reform, “or invite less politically incorrect guest speakers”, say the Mild Greens. See... Maxim principles fail 'War on Drugs' acid test [1] -

This 'search' on the MACKINAC website explains why Asset Forfeiture was at the top of his list.

We should expect ACT (esp. Rodney Hide & Richard Prebble) who lauded Larry Reed at the time to link forfeiture as 'predicated on prohibitions', (Yeah Right!)

Given the topicality of the current Foreshore/Seabed debate we should al be reminded that property rights cannot be excluded from protected freedoms because the protection of property is the foundation of all freedoms.


  • 1. Free people are not equal and equal people are not free.
  • 2. What belongs to you, you tend to take care of; what belongs to no one or everyone tends to fall into disrepair.
  • 3. Sound policy requires that we consider long run effects and all people, not simply short run effects and a few people.
  • 4. If you encourage something you get more of it. If you discourage something you get less of it.
  • 5. Nobody spends somebody else’s money as carefully as he spends his own.
  • 6. Government has nothing to give anybody except what it first takes from somebody, and a Government that’s big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take everything you’ve got.
  • 7. Liberty makes all the difference in the world.

(Larry Reed’s articles can be read at

sig. Blair Anderson
Christchurch, NZ.
cell phone 025 2657219 ph (643) 389 4065

"The scandal lies in the fact that $100 billion of enforcement money had to be spent before the drug czar's office decided that it was time to develop an agenda for assessing the effectiveness of toughness." Peter Reuter
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