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

Monday, November 15, 2004

Jailed beneficiary was in pain

Wednesday, 3 November 2004

Jailed beneficiary was in pain
The neighbour of a wheelchair bound sickness beneficiary who has been jailed for five months for growing cannabis says he was a man in agony. Neville Yates claimed he used the drug to alleviate chronic pain from an amputated leg, and brain damage caused by an accident when he was a teenager. Nel, who lives next door, says she can attest to his pain. She says she could hear him crying and moaning through the thin wall separating their bedrooms Nel says the first time she heard it she was terrified and rang the police
Neville's story is also mentioned on the New Zealand Information Network

And on TVNZ's TV2 along with a poll (now finished)

and appearing in the Gisborne Herald paper online 'letters to the editor' 
dated Thursday, November 11, 2004

There has recently been a story about marijuana grower Neville Yates and his unfair jail sentence. I knew Neville before he had his foot amputated. At that time I would say he had fair medical grounds to claim medicinal use of marijuana for the pain. In fact, I believe his doctor agreed that it seemed to be the only thing that helped. What he went through was nearly 20 years of torture before demanding an amputation (I believe his words to Christchurch hospital were “you take it off or I will”). Having said that, there are thousands of amputees around this country who do not need marijuana to manage their pain and so, I’m sorry Neville, but your argument no longer stacks up. If you really really have to grow and use marijuana move to South Australia where I believe it’s legal.
sig: Rob Holding
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