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, October 23, 2004

Greetings from blair@mildgreens.com


Hi, mildgreens.mayorblair@blogger.com!

I thought you might find this Detroit News feature interesting. Check it out.

URL: http://www.detnews.com/2004/health/0410/22/a09-312402.htm

Regards,
Blair

(Brought to you by The staff at Detroit News Online)

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Friday, October 22, 2004

Barbarism In New Zealand: Lies Have Consequences.

Barbarism In New Zealand: Lies Have Consequences.

[Excerpt] Now comes another story from New Zealand that demonstrates that the lies and hatred spread by decades of prohibitionist propaganda can drag any society down into depths of mindless cruelty.

Once again, I am indebted to Blair Anderson of the New Zealand Mild Greens for bringing this to my attention. There are some great activist down there. I was pleased to post an excellent essay by Blair and Kevin O�Connell in 2000.
See New Zealanders� Analysis of the Consequences of the Violence of Marijuana Prohibition. Bravo!

The victim in this case is, Neville Yates, a one-legged medical cannabis user, who suffered brain damage when he was hit by a truck when he was 14, and has been in a wheelchair ever since. In fact, there are many parallels with the case of the DC quadriplegic. We can only hope that this story does not end the same way, but the signs are not hopeful. Despite clear police perjury, the judge instructed the jury to find him guilty and they complied.

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an ESR marketing strategy "taking the piss"

(650 tests per week @ 100ml x 52 = 3,800 ltr or about 3 tonne of piss )

Absent the analysis 'if any of this is worth the effort'?. This is more a marketing exercise than a rational informed considered business practice response.

Workers caught in drug net


FRIDAY , 22 OCTOBER 2004
DOMPOST By SOPHIE NEVILLE

Workplace drug tests are showing growing use of amphetamines by workers.

While cannabis is still by far the most common drug found, amphetamines - including ecstasy, speed and P - are becoming more prevalent, with their incidence rising rapidly in the past year.

(**** no analysis of which drug is which or even dangerous; given NZ is #1 in cannabis consumption in OECD, hardly surprising that this is a cludged up aint we doing well report to ESR shareholders)

Testing of staff for drug use is rapidly increasing.

Last year the Institute of Environmental Science and Research did 19,000 tests. Five years ago, only 6000 tests were done in a year.

ESR programme manager Shelli Turner said drug testing had become popular with employers who wanted to ensure safer workplaces. ESR does most of the drug testing in New Zealand, with about 650 tests a week.

Results from the past year found 9 per cent of pre-employment tests and 8 per cent of post-accident tests were positive.

Cannabis was the most common drug identified, but amphetamines were increasingly showing up. In the first three months, amphetamines had been identified in 8 per cent of positive tests.

Two years ago only 4 per cent of positive tests were for amphetamines.

"We're seeing a real trend towards an increase in amphetamines," Ms Turner said.

ESR is contracted by 400 companies for testing at 700 workplaces. During the past year revenue from workplace drug testing has nearly doubled.

ESR would not say how much money was made from the testing, but its annual report showed a significant increase in total revenue.

The most common industries drug testing their staff were forestry, fishing, dairy, transport, power and roading, mining, and the poultry and meat industries. Personnel and legal firms were also on ESR's books.

Ms Turner said most of the companies did pre-employment tests on prospective staff, as well as random and post-accident tests if necessary. Companies had different policies on what happened to staff who tested positive.

Labour Department principal adviser Bob Hill said drug testing at a workplace should be part of a wider occupational health and safety package, which would reduce accidents. OSH did not recommend random testing except in industries with a high number of serious injuries or fatalities.

Civil Liberties chairman Michael Bott said the trend toward drug testing employees was worrying.

"It's an invasion of a person's right to privacy."

Testing was understandable in some industries, such as aviation and construction, but Mr Bott was concerned it would spread to industries where knowing a person's drug history was irrelevant.
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Thursday, October 21, 2004

Scoop: Time to rid NZ of "National evil"

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO9908/S00047.htm

This link is from 1999. It refers to Neville Yates's prior conviction. He had already jumped through all the hoops, was represented by a lawyer, pleaded guilty and was sent down for 18months.

Same offense as this time, except this time they set a dog (informer) on him. For 18months this 'paid' persona couldn't muster any better than 'it was a hydroponics grow' - which clearly on evidence it wasn't. The prosecuting policeman had barely put his head inside the bedroom and was unable to make any observation of the grow as it was found.

HIS STATURE BEFORE THE COURT WAS THAT HE KNEW WHAT HE WAS TALKING ABOUT, BUT HE WAS THE DUDE WHO LIED BEFORE JUSTICES OF THE PEACE.

He did have to walk past an entire collection of NORML calendars and posters and photographs of a law reform supporter or activists nature. This included a clear and legible "leaf" image placed on the front door. He would have seen, and couldn't ignore Neville's bona fides as a member and medical officer of the Christchurch Branch of the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party and duly accredited political party under the electoral act.

His medical support and network of friends includes several past deputy leaders of this party, the current deputy, the secretary and the president.
(the president is waiting the results of the 9th October local body elections for his nomination under the ALCP banner to the district health board)

SO WHO WERE THE POLICE ATTACKING?

OH YES... the Police 'invoices' the government for each half hour spent doing this.
The government paid even if indirectly,. the informers silver.

Neville is featured here publicly smoking his medicine in Cathedral Square on MayDay Jay Day.

He is also in photo's from the same and similar public events 1997-8-9-00=01-02-03-04
He has been interviewed by myself on Community Radio (blairs brain on cannabis)., been on Community Television and has an internet profile.

This is "some reliable" informer, aiming the Police at some pretty easy pickings.
There is a social more that dislikes hunters who shoot sitting ducks.

Who wouldn't plead not guilty!

The pretense that the police acted anything other than mendaciously is made worse by the fact that this so called "reliable informer" was paid by the POLICE and then POLICE right through depositions and repeated through pretrial conference after conference each time deferring the trial date until one police witness was away overseas - they maintained the utter pretense it was hydroponics sophististiced and mature.

Four furcken pots. In dirt. Two'retired' street lights. The power lead to the cupboard in his bedroom snaked across the floor. It wasn't even lined. 5 of the 9 plants were only a few cm's high. They didn't even have roots. They were never produced.

But it had a timer! A digital lcd timer. And a muffin fan! Doubtless is warmed his bedroom.
God knows just how clandestine a 'spare bulb' that wouldn't fit a conventional fitting is.
That is how it was portrayed by our honourable Policeman.

No appreciation that he grew inside for all the right reasons, to negate the awful consequence of having your medicine stolen by the Police as had been his experience.

I'm still furckin angry.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO9908/S00047.htm

Blair Anderson


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Wednesday, October 20, 2004

It's mode of use - stupid!

It's mode of use - stupid!

"smoked marihuana more effective than oral synthetic THC and roughly as safe."

extract - http://www.taima.org/en/grinspoon.htm

Since 1985, oncologists in the U.S. have been legally permitted to administer synthetic THC (the active ingredient in marihuana) orally in capsule form. The trade name is "Marinol". However, it is apparent that inhaled cannabis maybe preferable for a number of reasons. Oral THC is absorbed erratically and slowly into the bloodstream. Furthermore, a patient who is severely nauseated and constantly vomiting may find it almost impossible to keep the capsule digested until it activates. In addition, the effectiveness of THC is dependent on how much is absorbed into the blood stream; investigators have shown that smoked THC is absorbed more effectively. Most patients also prefer smoking marihuana to taking THC orally, as the latter makes them anxious and uncomfortable. One reason that the oral ingestion of THC makes patients anxious and uncomfortable is the difficulty of titrating the dose of oral THC to control the amount that reaches the blood and brain. In 1990, a survey of over 2,000 members of the American Society of Clinical Oncology found that only 43% were satisfied that the available legal anti-emetic drugs (including oral THC) provided adequate relief to all or most of their patients. On average, they considered smoked marihuana more effective than oral synthetic THC and roughly as safe.

SWORN BEFORE ME
at the City of Boston
in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, USA
this 26th day
of March, 1997

DR. LESTER GRINSPOON


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Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Scoop: A Case of Prohibition 'at its very worst.'

The Case of Neville Yates.

19 October 2004

Today the Jury deliberated and found him guilty.

Judge Holderness who remanded Neville on bail was at pains to point out that his previous convictions, including jail for cannabis cultivation, all medicinal use, indicated a probable further jail term. Sentencing NOV 2.

Neville's in person, in court, and sworn medical evidence from his Doctors (x3) was considered irrelevant.

ALCP President and drug policy researcher Kevin O'Connell, who's evidence was accepted reluctantly by Holderness and heard by the jury, pointed out that there were about 80,000 NZ'ers growing there own stash.

Like sending Neville to jail was going to stop them...

The rest of the Press Release is at Scoop: A Case of Prohibition 'at its very worst.'

More on this story is at http://mildgreens.com/press
and also visit http://www.marijuananews.com tomorrow (20th Oct) for Richard Cowan's analysis.

/Blair
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Sunday, October 17, 2004

myths and fears exposed

As i predicted...after seeing the 1960's inspired 'the day after', a
movie about how to survive armageddon ("hold a wet tea towel up to
protect against the nuclear heatwave" mentality) I have been suspicious
the confluence of power was not to be found in the mechanics of E=MC2,
but in the fear and duress of the atomic maybe! In order for the worst
case scenario to be credible, one had to accept the delusion it was
survivable. Irrational fears depend on the worst happening to everyone
else.

"The Day After" "Black Rain" and its brethren films of the era are
possibly the greatest propaganda films of post W.W.II

After Hiroshima, [Fear of] Terror has been a staple to US Presidents.
The mind fuck as a weapon of mass delusion is more powerful than a
nuclear arsenal, witness a envelope dusted with corn flour made more
potent than the plague.

Bush et al. may as well give the statue of liberty back to France as
they aren't using it.

http://www.portside.org/showpost.php?postid=933

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Friday, October 15, 2004

After the War on Drugs - Options for Control = Transform report

'After the War on Drugs - Options for Control' is a major new report examining the key themes in the drug policy reform debate, detailing how legal regulation of drug markets will operate, and providing a roadmap and time line for reform. Launched October 12th 2004.

There is nothing moral in pursuing a policy that has
created so much crime, violence and conflict, that
criminalises and marginalises the most needy and
vulnerable members of our society.

http://www.tdpf.org.uk/Policy_General_AftertheWaronDrugsReport.htm
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Thursday, October 14, 2004

Meth sales doubled drugs trade in decade

The huge rise in amphetamine dealing has led to New Zealand's illegal drugs trade doubling in less than a decade, researchers say.

The market for amphetamine, methamphetamine, MDMA and Ecstasy was now worth $168 million a year - about the same as cannabis.

The trade in amphetamine type stimulants (ATS) had effectively doubled the dollar value of the New Zealand drugs trade in less than 10 years, concluded the study by Massey University's centre for social and health outcomes research evaluation (Shore).

Authorities were seizing about 10 per cent of ATS stocks, researcher Chris Wilkins said in the university journal, Massey News this week.

The study also found about 100,000, or one in 10, New Zealanders aged 18 to 29 had used an ATS in the past year and a third of that group were regular users.

The group had a more "middle-class profile" than other drug users, with many in well-paid jobs and high levels of education.

People who had been arrested were more likely to use ATS drugs than the general population.

One third of ATS users had sold methamphetamine and a fifth had made it or exchanged it for stolen property.

The proceeds from the trade found their way to a small number of criminal gangs, who had introduced methamphetamine manufacture to the country.

The study, undertaken for the police, drew from several sources and surveyed ATS users in Auckland.



Fairfax New Zealand Limited
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New Zealand Cannabis Health/Law inquiry reports.. (summary)

Grasscity.com Forums - New Zealand Cannabis Health/Law inquiry reports.. (summary): "BRIEFING NOTES TO THE REPORT OF THE NEW ZEALAND PARLIAMENTARY HEALTH SELECT COMMITTEE INQUIRY INTO CANNABIS "
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New Zealand Profile: Crime

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Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Climate Fear as Carbon Levels Soar

Climate Fear as Carbon Levels Soar

Scientists bewildered by sharp rise of CO2 in atmosphere for second year running

By Paul Brown

October 11, 2004, Guardian/UK

http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,,1324276,00.html

An unexplained and unprecedented rise in carbon dioxide in
the atmosphere two years running has raised fears that the
world may be on the brink of runaway global warming.

Scientists are baffled why the quantity of the main
greenhouse gas has leapt in a two-year period and are
concerned that the Earth's natural systems are no longer able
to absorb as much as in the past.

The findings will be discussed tomorrow by the government's
chief scientist, Dr David King, at the annual Greenpeace
business lecture.

Measurements of CO2 in the atmosphere have been continuous
for almost 50 years at Mauna Loa Observatory, 12,000ft up a
mountain in Hawaii, regarded as far enough away from any
carbon dioxide source to be a reliable measuring point.

In recent decades CO2 increased on average by 1.5 parts per
million (ppm) a year because of the amount of oil, coal and
gas burnt, but has now jumped to more than 2 ppm in 2002 and
2003.

Above or below average rises in CO2 levels in the atmosphere
have been explained in the past by natural events.

When the Pacific warms up during El Niño - a disruptive
weather pattern caused by weakening trade winds - the amount
of carbon dioxide rises dramatically because warm oceans emit
CO2 rather than absorb it.

But scientists are puzzled because over the past two years,
when the increases have been 2.08 ppm and 2.54 ppm
respectively, there has been no El Niño.

Charles Keeling, the man who began the observations in 1958
as a young climate scientist, is now 74 and still working in
the field.

He said yesterday: "The rise in the annual rate to above two
parts per million for two consecutive years is a real
phenomenon.

"It is possible that this is merely a reflection of natural
events like previous peaks in the rate, but it is also
possible that it is the beginning of a natural process
unprecedented in the record."

Analysts stress that it is too early to draw any long-term
conclusions.

But the fear held by some scientists is that the greater than
normal rises in C02 emissions mean that instead of decades to
bring global warming under control we may have only a few
years. At worst, the figures could be the first sign of the
breakdown in the Earth's natural systems for absorbing the
gas.

That would herald the so-called "runaway greenhouse effect",
where the planet's soaring temperature becomes impossible to
contain. As the icecaps melt, less sunlight is reflected back
into space from ice and snow, and bare rocks begin to absorb
more heat. This is already happening.

One of the predictions made by climate scientists in the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is that as the
Earth warms, the absorption of carbon dioxide by vegetation -
known as "carbon sink" - is reduced.

Dr Keeling said since there was no sign of a dramatic
increase in the amount of fossil fuels being burnt in 2002
and 2003, the rise "could be a weakening of the Earth's
carbon sinks, associated with the world warming, as part of a
climate change feedback mechanism. It is a cause for
concern'.'

Tom Burke, visiting professor at Imperial College London, and
a former special adviser to the former Tory environment
minister John Gummer, warned: "We're watching the clock and
the clock is beginning to tick faster, like it seems to
before a bomb goes off."

Peter Cox, head of the Carbon Cycle Group at the Met Office's
Hadley Center for Climate Change, said the increase in carbon
dioxide was not uniform across the globe.

Measurements of CO2 levels in Australia and at the south pole
were slightly lower, he said, so it looked as though
something unusual had occurred in the northern hemisphere.

"My guess is that there were extra forest fires in the
northern hemisphere, and particularly a very hot summer in
Europe," Dr Cox said. "This led to a die-back in vegetation
and an increase in release of carbon from the soil, rather
than more growing plants taking carbon out of the atmosphere,
which is usually the case in summer."

Scientists are have dubbed the two-year CO2 rise the Mauna
Loa anomaly. Dr Cox said one of its most interesting aspects
was that the CO2 rises did not take place in El Niño years.
Previously the only figures that climbed higher than 2 ppm
were El Niño years - 1973, 1988, 1994 and 1998.

The heatwave of last year that is now believed to have
claimed at least 30,000 lives across the world was so out of
the ordinary that many scientists believe it could only have
been caused by global warming.

But Dr Cox, like other scientists, is concerned that too much
might be read into two years' figures. "Five or six years on
the trot would be very difficult to explain," he said.

Dr Piers Forster, senior research fellow of the University of
Reading's Department of Meteorology, said: "If this is a rate
change, of course it will be very significant. It will be of
enormous concern, because it will imply that all our global
warming predictions for the next hundred years or so will
have to be redone."

David J Hofmann of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration centre, which also studies CO2, was more
cautious.

"I don't think an increase of 2 ppm for two years in a row is
highly significant - there are climatic perturbations that
can make this occur," he said. "But the absence of a known
climatic event does make these years unusual.

"Based on those two years alone I would say it was too soon
to say that a new trend has been established, but it warrants
close scrutiny."

© Guardian Newspapers Limited 2004

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Saturday, October 09, 2004

Marijuana Abuse Affected by Genes and Environment

http://www.reuters.com/printerFriendlyPopup.jhtml?type=healthNews&storyID=6456654

Marijuana Abuse Affected by Genes and Environment
Fri Oct 8, 2004 05:20 PM ET

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Previous research has established a moderate relationship between marijuana abuse and depressive disorders. Now researchers report that the association between marijuana use and major depression probably arises from a combination of shared genetic and environmental vulnerabilities.

Lead author Dr. Michael T. Lynskey and colleagues report the findings of their large study in the Archives of General Psychiatry.

To examine the role of genetics and shared childhood environment in the relationship between marijuana abuse and major depression, Lynskey, at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and his team interviewed individuals enrolled in the Australian Twin Register, at around 30 years of age.

They identified 277 pairs in which one twin used marijuana while the other didn't. The odds of depression, suicidal thoughts and attempted suicide were 1.3 to 3.4 times more likely in the marijuana-using twin compared with the twin who was not a user. The strength of the association was higher in fraternal twins than identical twins

This latter finding "implies that shared or correlated genetic vulnerabilities make substantial contributions" to the association between marijuana use and depression, the authors report.

Depression onset before age 17 or early suicidal thoughts in fraternal twin pairs, but not identical pairs, was significantly associated with rates of marijuana dependence.

Altogether, these results suggest that "depression does not cause people to use (marijuana), or that (marijuana) use and dependence do not in themselves cause depression," Lynskey said in an interview with Reuters Health. "So from a clinical point of view, it is not necessarily the case that eliminating one of those will automatically get rid of the other."

In other words, he added, both problems "need to be addressed within the treatment setting."

SOURCE: Archives of General Psychiatry, October 2004.

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Thursday, October 07, 2004

methamphetamine - Government awards $168 million to criminal gangs

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Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Drug policy fails children coroner told

Fairfax New Zealand Limited

Drug policy fails children coroner told

TUESDAY , 05 OCTOBER 2004

By NIKKI MACDONALD
The Government should get out of family business and parents should take back responsibility for children, Wellington's coroner has been told.

Giving evidence into an inquiry into the deaths of six Wellington young people from solvent abuse, veteran youth drug and alcohol counsellor Trevor Grice called for an overhaul of all law and policy relating to children.

Investigating the broader issue of substance abuse, coroner Garry Evans has called on educators and government agencies to say what is needed and what is being done.

Mr Grice said well-meaning ideas and laws were "fundamentally flawed" and the Government's harm- minimisation approach sent mixed messages: "Teaching children how to drink safely, or how to use drugs safely, is in direct conflict with the law.

"Governments need to govern and lead and keep out of family and whanau business."

New Zealand had "failed miserably" in its efforts to protect children from drug use, he said. Today's problems were the legacy of "a 20-year romance with harm minimisation" and conditioning that cannabis was harmless.

There was a "gigantic difference" between the effects of drugs on adults and their effects on children and teenagers, Mr Grice said. Studies had shown that a person's brain was still developing, up to the age of about 25. Teenagers had faster absorption rates and less effective metabolic systems to break the substances down.

Both parents and children needed to face up to their responsibilities as well as their rights, Mr Grice said.

"There needs to be a huge wake-up call for parents to come to the decision-making forefront. However, this may be terribly difficult while government agencies act as de facto parents."

The Privacy Act disfranchised parents and was "anti-family", Mr Grice said. He called for:

# Better education for parents.

# Support, not control, from government agencies.

# "Outdated and unscientific" education programmes to be replaced by education based on the science of drug effects.

# More small centres for in-patient drug and alcohol treatment.

# Urgent action on herbal highs, which sent the message there was a better life to be had through chemical influence.

# Changes to the Independent Youth Benefit, which sometimes led to four or five 16-year-olds renting a "shack" and dealing and using substances.

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Friday, October 01, 2004

Scoop: Pound's Digest: Drug Policies Are Bad, Hmmmm 'Kay

excellent commentary on the GREENS policy on Pot and everything else.

Scoop: Pound's Digest: Drug Policies Are Bad, Hmmmm 'Kay
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CC: New Zealand: No Illegal Drugs in Greens Policy

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