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

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Neville Yates, Holderness and Jeanette Fitzsimonds make news in Norway

Rullestolbruker fengslet for medisinsk bruk av hasj

[rough translation = wheelie jailed for medicinal use of hash (grass/pot)]


The rest looks like it might read something like.... although I will add
I cannot be sure I havnt contributed any of the obvious prejudice
evident in the interpretation of this news item. (grimasen)


The imprisonment of a 44 year aged wheelchair user in New Zealand has
initiated debate about the use of cannabis for medical purposes.

[The] Country prohibits use to a few so use abated.

Neville Yates had an accident 30 years ago and had a foot amputated.
Nevertheless he became recently convicted for five month's imprisonment
for having cultivated cannabis the plant that provides the raw material
for hashich.

"if you continue to cultivate cannabis you will recieve a longer
sentence" said Judge David Holderness to Yates.

He insisted on imprisonment even though the prosecution sought
conditional supervision.

It is judicial murder (miscarriage of justice?) to arrest a man that
isnt a menace to community and he is using the only
[smertestillende/effective?] remedy that helps. This method has far less
effects than [prescribed?] medicine, says the member of parliament
greens co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimonds.

Yates has been arrested for misuse of drugs nine times before and he has
three earlier sentences for having used cannabis.

Judge Holderness branded him a repeat offender and added that had he
declared himself guilty he would be having three months in prison
instead of five.

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

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