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, May 30, 2005

Schapelle Corby | Search Engine Trend Watcher and Statistics

Schapelle Corby | Search Engine Trend Watcher and Statistics:

"Schapelle Corby - Australian girl stuck in Indonesia on trumped up drug running schemes, wrong girl, wrong place, wrong time possibly."

This bloglink is a cute analysis of Google, MSN and Yahoo "blogdom" traffic. It clearly shows that since Schapelle's trial in early May public interest world wide has grown and is continuing to gather momentum. 100's of 1000's of people are finding the 20 year sentence for failing to lock her bags quite unpalatable.

Regretable, but despite the media interest in Schapelle Corby in New Zealand, no one connects the dots of this injustice to family values United Future Outdoor (UFO) Party's weekend policy conference several days after UFO threatened to bring down the government on confidence and supply...So much for Mr Stability!

THEN we learn NZ's Prime Minister, Right Hon Helen Clark is gunning for a worlds first, a free-trade agreement with China - media reports: human rights are a big issue. Not one media guru/political pundit noticed we signed up with Thailand who 'dispatched extrajudicially' 2400 drug users in less than 90 days, or that we have a favoured trade relationship with Singapore.. who cruely and inhumanly botched the hanging of a family man for possessing 1kg of cannabis.

Is there a despot nation we dont want an trade agreement with?

30 years ago we fought our own police in the streets - because there wasn't a single coloured person playing in a South African rugby team...

Where is our sense of self determinism? Our sense of civic justice? The pride in equity for all?

Are we 'maintaining a silence closely resembling stupidity' as written on the national Wanganui Police Computer Center wall when a dissaffected young individual, Neil Roberts blew him self up on the front steps... on principle. Huh?

As a nation, We dont need a new flag, we need a soul transplant.
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Cannabinoids May Play Role In Treating Depression

Cannabinoids May Play Role In Treating Depression:

"The cannabinoids Delta(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) may exert sedative, hypnotic, anxiolytic, antidepressant, antipsychotic and anticonvulsant effects. Pure synthetic cannabinoids, such as Dronabinol and Nabilone and specific plant extracts containing THC, CBD, or a mixture of the two in known concentrations, are available and can be delivered sublingually. Controlled trials of these cannabinoids as adjunctive medication in bipolar disorder are now indicated."

But human research is contrained... why? Because cannabis's researched and media reported 'correlation' of use in this group is infered to be causative and thus cannot be self-medication.

Persons labeled "of weak moral fibre" being coupled to depressive indicators based upon an erroneous subclinical judgement are quite probably an (if not the) impediment to effective treatment where trust/empathy between patient and clinician correlates highly to successful outcomes.
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Whole Plant Cannabis Medicine Needed On Market

Whole Plant Cannabis Medicine Needed On Market: "In 1993 the CB2 receptor, which is found mainly outside the brain, was discovered. This set the stage for the discovery of an entire basic system in the human body, the endogenous cannabinoid system!"

Also see:
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Panel says Switzerland needs new drugs policy

Panel says Switzerland needs new drugs policy:

"Switzerland should adopt a more coherent and credible drugs policy that includes alcohol and tobacco as well as illegal drugs, says a government commission."

Hmmmm. This sounds very like the suggestion for New Zealand (based upon a comprehensive policy analysis) made by the MildGreens 6 years ago. A "Class D" solution. First, acknowledge there are some harms and balance these against harm minimisation policy implementation, costs and objectives.
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Thursday, May 26, 2005

Liver metabolism goes to pot

Journal of Clinical Investigation - Liver metabolism goes to pot

Endocannabinoids are natural cannabis-like proteins that can stimulate appetite and regulate fat metabolism by binding to receptors called CB1. Drugs that block these receptors may be useful for treating obesity by suppressing appetite and food intake.

In a new study appearing in the May 2 print issue of The Journal of Clinical Investigation, George Kunos and colleagues from the NIH examine the possible role of the liver as a target of the metabolic actions of endocannabinoids.

The authors find that liver cells express CB1 and when stimulated, these cells activate a signaling pathway that ultimately increases fatty acid synthesis. The cellular proteins that are activated in the liver upon CB1 stimulation are the same as those known to be activated in the brain and thus may be a common molecular target for metabolic regulation and appetite control.
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Oh Dear, this is just another example of the research into the holistic relationship humans have with cannabis that the unprincipled family value ning nongs - United Future Outdoor - would rather be suppressed.  UFO's were prepared to roll government on confidence and supply (the right to write a cheque out on treasury) rather than admit its prohibitory fetish over cannabis is a corruption of harm minimisation and social equity in  'public health'. If not perverse, what for heavens name is?  /Blair

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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

the mildgreen scoop on cannabis

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Nandor should welcome parliamentary scrutiny - United Future

Scoop: Nandor should welcome parliamentary scrutiny: "Mrs Turner said she was indebted to the drug advocacy group, NORML, and its publication Norml News, to which Mr Tanczos is a regular contributor, for pointing out that the Bill as it stood was open to the status of cannabis being changed down by an order-in-council."

Indeed, truth be known, it was Ministry Officials attending a select committee presentation by the MildGreens more than five years ago (March 2000), that confirmed the writers longheld view that Caucus could initiatiate the process of Order in Council after advice to the Minister from its independent advisory council (EACD) - exactly as the Minister of Health Hon Annette King intended of due process, to take the politics out of drug policy. [a expiditious process commenced by National Party MP. Georgina Tehuhu in 1999). There was always going to be a public consultation, although true EACD consumer representation, another mild green initiative at select cmte. has been largely ignored. [How for example can needle exchange be expected to ever deliver outcomes correctly when stakeholder views are ignored - for moral reasons.]

Its not as if there hasnt been an 'herbal' inquiry, or a recommendation.

Which begs the question... Why would 'pre-election' Labour go along with this abberation in proscribed law making?

A clear breach of ethics by all party's to the conspiracy.
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and absolute power corrupts absolutely

Misuse of Drugs Act gets a makeover...

Anderton thanks Health Committee for work on bill

Party Pills Too Dangerous - NZ First

UF cited confidence agreement over drug issue

Confidence And Supply Move Threatens Stable Govt.

United statement on cannabis misleading

Even the 'progressives' lame analysis and corrections are misleading....

In the light of exonerative evidence, the hypocrisy of cannabis prohibition can only be described as a derilection of consensus politics, contempt for the public good, abuse of reason and failure to take good care of the community. / Blair Anderson, Candidate for Christchurch City Council, Pegasus Ward. 1998
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Monday, May 23, 2005

Pros and cons of cannabis debated

Pros and cons of cannabis debated (Dunedin)

Warnings of the evils of cannabis mixed with appeals for a little less hysteria at a forum on cannabis at the University of Otago yesterday.

Speakers from the Green Party, United Future, Destiny New Zealand, the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party, International Socialists Organisation and the Dunedin School of Medicine tossed around the relative merits of prohibition and legalisation.

Prof Robin Taylor, of the Otago Medical School, steered clear of the moral and political issues to make a plug for inhaling fresh air.

Smoking cannabis, like smoking tobacco, had serious long-term health effects that were born not only by the individual but by society, the respiratory physician said.

Green MP and one-time Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party member Metiria Turei and United Future MP Gordon Copeland represented the poles of the debate in Parliament.

Ms Turei said it should be legal for people over the age of 18.

Mr Copeland said cannabis took a particular toll on young people, sapping their motivation, which was why no change to cannabis law was a condition of their support for the Labour Government.

The Destiny Church movement's two representatives on the panel, Dunedin pastor Gary Davis and Destiny New Zealand policy director David Jesze, were the only panellists to admit to having smoked marijuana - though both opposed legalisation.

Mr Jesze said decriminalisation was not in the interests of future generations, he said.

Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party spokesman Paul McMullan said it was an issue of personal rights.

The increase in the use of cannabis had not been accompanied by the predicted negative health impacts, he said.

International Socialists spokesman Dr Brian Roper said prohibition had never worked and should be rolled back, but to solve the problem it was necessary to understand why people took drugs.

Many did so to make themselves feel better as they struggled to get by on inadequate incomes in a society that made them feel alienated and disempowered.,1478,3280718a3845,00.html

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Sunday, May 22, 2005

If We Target One Drug, It Must Be Marijuana

NORML.ORG US IA: OPED: If We Target One Drug, It Must Be Marijuana:

"Availability is the mother of use, so doing a far better job of reducing availability is high on the list. Beyond that -- and recognizing that reducing demand is key to that goal -- we should use the increased arrest rate as an opportunity to discourage use. "

Absent: any measure or evidence the goal and the outcome accomplishes a harm minimising end game. Arrgh!

IOWA is having a medical marijuana debate subsequent to petitions etc. Sadly Joe Califino was US secretary of health, education and welfare from 1977 to 1979. You would think he would know better.
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Drunk drivers avoid drug tests via loophole -

Drunk drivers avoid drug tests via loophole - National - "Police figures suggest that drug-driving is nearly four times as prevalent as drink-driving, with one in every 67 drivers testing positive for cannabis or methamphetamine-based drugs. This compared to one in every 250 drivers testing positive for alcohol.

Drivers who return positive laboratory tests are fined $307 and gain three demerit points for a first offence or are prosecuted. If the offence goes to court, the maximum penalty for a first offence is $614 and a three-month licence cancellation."

There is an order of magnitude difference between the tollerance of impairment thresholds for allowed for alcohol (a mild traquiliser) and a zero threshold for metabolites of cannabis absent to any required standard, proof of impairment.

And there lies the injustice. The rest is government hyperbole and obsfucation creating manufactured consent.

It is in breach of public health principals and all standards of efficacy and consensus for Government or crown agency [Police] to declare something 'on trial' a success before the results are in. Nor is good governance assured when this is done according to its own often nebulous objectives and performance criteria as in this case.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Shops Warned About Drug Equipment [UK]

UK: Web: Shops Warned About Drug Equipment: "'There is no point in us taking the drug awareness information into schools when the children can walk down the high street and see this kind of paraphernalia being sold in all kinds of shops.' "

This sure makes Labour's passing of the National Party's NZ Bong Bill look terribly duplicious... /Blair
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Monday, May 16, 2005

Since WE Asked: A Different�Test� For Students?

Cool... a published letter in Oregon, and they don't publish (normally)
from outside of circulation area!

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Saturday, May 14, 2005

Singapore to murder for a 1kg of cannabis

Hi Brandon,

I conducted a 'public hanging' in Cashel Mall at 3:00pm - replete with wooden mock gallows, a black hood, the 'hemp' noose and a 19year old 'everyday druggie' called 'Grace' whom we managed to Save.

After introducing the french connection "Avoir de la corde-de-pendu dans sa poche" to have hemp in your pocket for luck, esp as it was friday 13 and unlucky for some, the audience was treated to a comparison between media coverage on Schapelle and Shanmugam. The context of the UN Single Conventions, the drug related deaths world wide etc. and that NZ Prime Minister Hon Helen Clark has sold our souls to the devil for a few shekels in trade - and no one notices, was thoroughly was canvassed.

After a brief mock trial where i was judge and jury, sentencing was passed, and Grace's appeals denied so she was prepared for her maker, hooded and commiteed to the gallows.

1 minute of silent "grace' for Shanmugam Murugesu and a prayer for his children then took place.

[Grace was amazing, her last words to the amassed rabble were "fly high" but as it was NZ, and not Indoensia or Singapore or Thailand, or any of the other 40 nation states on this earth who kill for justice, the capital punishment today was commuted for harm minimisation deads well done. ]

Which must have pleased someone. Police had recieved formal complaint from a member of the public (a shopkeeper, I believe) 'offended' that this street theatre was too graphic and unsuitable for the public despite an attentive audience of about 100 people. Some asked "what do you suggest we do about it?" Others more discretly spoke "your telling the truth here, your brave".

Two Police, one very senior dude and a woman with some sympathy for what this is about came and talked to me and M.Britnell as we packed things up.

It was pointed out to us that protest was useless as we cannot change the laws in a foreign country... I reminded him that the 'red brigade' baton just sold for 20,000 dollars... a legacy to the social conscience and collective concern that helped change a nation. Anyone disturbed by the 'graphic nature' dramatized here should be better directed at those who perpetuate the all to graphic human rights abuse of swinging someone from their neck until dead for what is smoked in new zealand in each and 15 seconds. (nor what bloody 'drug ed' message thatsends to our children.)

The senior officer at first 'who needs another problem drug out here' later went along with medpot and decriminalisation. They left with theRoyal College of Physicians and Seattle Initiatives under wing.

Regretably a technical hitch with the (guy behind the) camera, so no photo as planned . but lots of images were taken by the audience. Maybeone will turn up.

Brandon Hutchison wrote: the Singapore High Commission address is 17 Kabul St Ngaio Wellington ph 04-470 0850
Source: Khaleeg Times
Pub date: May 10, 2005
Subj: Singaporean to be hanged despite plea by sons group

SINGAPORE - Singapore will hang an ethnic Tamil man on Friday for trafficking about 1 kg (2.2 lb) of cannabis despite a rare public plea by his teenage sons to stop the execution, a human rights group said. After 38-year-old Shanmugam Murugesu lost an appeal to escape the gallows in January, his 14-year-old twin children took to Singapore's streets, handing out flyers last month urging public support to stop the execution, saying it would make them orphans.

Think Centre, a Singapore human rights group, said Murugesu's family had received notification on Monday he will be hanged on Friday, May 13. "We are calling everyone, wherever they are, to hold a silent vigil for Shanmugam," Think Centre president Sinapan Samydorai told Reuters on Tuesday.

Murugesu, a Singapore citizen, was convicted of trafficking after his arrest at Singapore's border with Malaysia in August 2003. Singapore President S.R. Nathan said last month Murugesu would not receive clemency. Prison officials said they could not immediately comment. Singapore enforces some of the world's toughest drug laws. Anyone aged 18 or over convicted of carrying more than 500 grammes (17.6 ounces) of cannabis faces execution by hanging. In a 2004 report, human rights group Amnesty International said about 400 people have been hanged in Singapore since 1991, mostly for drug trafficking, giving the wealthy city-state of 4.2 million people possibly the highest execution rate in the world relative to its population.

Amnesty says only 6 people sentenced to death in Singapore have been spared execution since independence in 1965. Singapore staunchly defends its use of capital punishment. The government claims death penalty has broad public support and has deterred major drug syndicates from establishing themselves in Singapore.

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

In an age of conformity, of conventional wisdom, of suffocating pieties, reform is a breath of fresh air.
- Simon Carr, The Independent, Jan03

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Thursday, May 12, 2005


REGINA---Poverty erodes a person's health more than smoking, drinking or lack of exercise, a Statistics Canada study suggests

  • As in previous studies, the government research also suggests that moderate drinking could protect against illness. Norm O'Rourke, a gerontology professor at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, objected to the finding. He called it "crude."

This is my take too.. the wine 'alcohol' studies are correlation not causation. It could be the 'flavinoids' etc.. in the wine itself for example. But here is the truth of the matter.... [IMHO]

An equitable society is a healthy and educated society. Equity is everything, less than healthy poverty is a function of an inequitable policy base and poor decision making. Good health costs everyone less.Equitable access to health is a netbenefit investment. The payback for community investment in health is fiscally neutral.

The war on drugs is an example of classic failure of such principles...exemplified by the abject failure of basic economic ethos and a public accounting; - the 'never been done' cost benefit analysis? What healthy benefits in this multi-billion dollar aberation are we foregoing? (suggested read: Narcodollars for Dummies, Catherine Austen Fitts on the power of drugs to control communities and to finance and build the train tracks of control.)

Hello? Who controls the NZ war on drugs? - the Minister(s) of Health. Jim, Damian and Annette - all bearers of weapons of meth destruction and false promise.

More Kiwi's die every year from preventable misadminstration disease than Saddam gassed Kurds, suggesting ' time for a healthy regime change....'.

CZAR Jim flogged another 6 million dollars today.... out of EACH AND EVERYONE of our pockets to further his misadministration of health goals. It can only be but bloody irony that CZAR Jim is the Minister of small business and regional development. The glove Fitts.

CBC News Online wrote:
WebPosted Mon May 9 18:57:31 2005

REGINA---Poverty erodes a person's health more than smoking, drinking or lack of exercise, a Statistics Canada study suggests. Education and income were more important for middle-aged health than acting healthy, said the study, released on Monday. "Among middle-aged adults aged 45 to 64, socio-economic characteristics such as the education level and household income were more important determinants of healthy aging than healthy behaviours," it said. The eight-year study of middle-aged adults found that only after the age of 65 does healthy living impact health more than financial well-being. Some older people are simply too poor to live a healthy life, said Wally Coates, a board member of a Saskatchewan seniors group. "A lot of them are eating cheaper foods," Coates said. "They're not necessarily getting a balanced diet with fruits and vegetables. Because that all adds up to more money, eh? It's just not a lot of money, if you have to live in the neighbourhood of 12,000 a year." The Statscan researchers warned, however, that it's too early to determine the consequences of unhealthy living for the middle-aged segment of the study, which is continuing. And it suggested that people benefit in the long term by healthy living. As in previous studies, the government research also suggests that moderate drinking could protect against illness. Norm O'Rourke, a gerontology professor at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, objected to the finding. He called it "crude." "Moderate alcohol consumption is very strongly tied to socio-economic status," O'Rourke said. "If you're sitting down each night for a dinner with a glass of wine, the likelihood is that you don't have Wendy's take-a-way." He said the study didn't pay nearly enough attention to the crucial role of attitude, noting a person's outlook on life is very important as they get older. Copyright (C) 2005 CBC. All rights reserved.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Cannabinoids spell relief in colon inflammation

One of those 'this time last year' items....

Hang on, wasn't one of our successful entrepreneur and Christchurch citizen's Ian Jackson facing the justice for having an irritable bowel?

Or is the science just a lot of blarney? So much for a Healthy Christchurch!

Medical News Today Archive Search: "these results suggest that the endogenous cannabinoid system represents a promising therapeutic target for the treatment of chronic inflammatory diseases of the gastrointestinal tract."
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Monday, May 09, 2005

Drug Testing in Schools?

Letter to the Editor
Mail Tribune

Dear Sir,

Drug testing - Educators say No.

Since the publication of the definitive Making Sense of Student Drug
Testing, Why Educators are Saying No (January 2004) written by Fatema
Gunja, Alexandra Cox, Marsha Rosenbaum, PhD and Judith Appel, JD, the
key flaws in random student drug testing have been exposed. Simply put,
evidentially coercive interventions fail to accomplish the 'deterrence'
aims intended.

<>The 24 page report facilitated by ACLU and the Drug Policy Foundation
discusses promising alternatives to continuing paradigms of failure. I
commend it to your readers and trust it helps inform parents and
caregivers about how best to address drug use among young people in your
community. see

While cannabis and all other drug related information should be
integrated across the curriculum - i.e.: in context, New Zealand's House
of Representatives parliamentary findings highlighted that the double
standards in respect of cannabis are an impediment to credible [all]
drug education. see

Yet again, prohibition has been found wanting!

sig. Blair Anderson
Director, Educators for Sensible Drug Policy (NZ)

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Hahaaa! The Conservative Voice on MPP. Soros et al.

..... extract....
In a separate part of the paper, the Style section, The Post ran an item favorably highlighting tonight?s MPP 10th anniversary celebration in Washington, D.C., which is attracting several liberal Democrats who accept the group's claim that pot has medical benefits. Kincaid commented, "Tell that to the families of the victims of the killer student in Red Lake, Minnesota, Jeff Weise, an admitted pothead who bragged about marijuana being his 'gal of choice' before he killed nine people and himself.

Weise was also on psychiatric drugs.

also you'll love this anecdote that closely approximates the madness we can't talk about
see: .

Tradition ; The Psychology Of Civil Self-Policing And Obedience

  1. Start with a cage containing five apes. In the cage, hang a banana on a string and put stairs under it. Before long, an ape will go to the stairs and start to climb towards the Banana.
  2. As soon as he touches the stairs, spray all of the apes with cold water. After a while, another ape makes an attempt with the same result - all the apes are sprayed with cold water.
  3. Turn off the cold water. If, later, another ape tries to climb the stairs, the other apes will try to prevent it even though no water sprays them.
  4. Now, remove one ape from the cage and replace it with a new one. The New ape sees the banana and wants to climb the stairs. To his horror, all of the other apes attack him. After another attempt and attack, he knows that if he tries to climb the stairs, he will be assaulted.
  5. Next, remove another of the original five apes and replace it with a new one. The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked. The previous newcomer takes part in the punishment with enthusiasm.
  6. Again, replace a third original ape with a new one. The new one makes it to the stairs and is attacked as well. Two of the four apes that beat him have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the stairs, or why they are participating in the beating of the newest ape.
  7. After replacing the fourth and fifth original apes, all the apes which have been sprayed with cold water have been replaced.

Nevertheless, no ape ever again approaches the stairs. Why not?
"Because that's the way it's always been done around here! Hahahaha!

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Sunday, May 08, 2005

Medical Fact: Marijuana is Safer Than Alcohol

Letter to the Editor,
NZ Herald
Dear Sir,
Readers of your Saturday fronts-piece on doctors concerned about teen alcohol issues may find the alcohol 'solution space'; as proposed and supported by youth in the USA; interesting. They argue that Marijuana is Safer Than Alcohol.

This weekends 'global marijuana march' is not about promoting drugs (as likely it will be portrayed); as it is elevating the dialogue internationally as to what really is 'harm minimization' and how we might make the crucial adjustment. Christchurch's rally certainly heard about how the phrase has been hijacked by the current political prohibitionist ideologues. Our Health Select Committee reports that based on evidence received the current practice of cannabis prohibition is an impediment to credible [anti]drug education.

The reason why Jim Anderton and the Progressives want to re-raise the drinking age to 20 evidences that failed policy foundation. He and his ilk should not be rewarded for failure (and nasty name calling) by blaming evil drugs or for lying to the public about relative harms when Anderton contrasry to his evidence based education announcement recently stated at a public forum held in Christchurch (28Apr) that cannabis is more dangerous than tobacco. The New Zealand and Australian Colleges of Physicians and Psychologists reported collectively and robustly that politicians should forgo the short term interest in votes, account for prohibitions shortcomings and in invest evidence based policies for success.

It appears the American Students for Sensible Drug Policy are onto something see (please forward to your respective news journalist as you see fit.)

sig. Blair Anderson 50 Wainoni Road. Christchurch, NZ

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Drug Prohibition Is No Laughing Matter

Libs on Anderton - and this is a serving he rightly deserves!

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Saturday, May 07, 2005

2005 Global Marijuana March

The Global Marijuana Day went down a treat here in Christchurch New Zealand. (its our tenth ''J-Day'' .. so there is a bit of a history to it...)

The event went ahead right next to the city central POLICE kiosk where for more than five hours - police came and went going about there daily business not 20mtres from hundreds of people participating in ''illegal activities''."
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Friday, May 06, 2005

Rally To Free Schapelle Corby

Friday, 6 May 2005, 8:41 am
Press Release: Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party
Yahoo! Groups : mmmreports Messages : Message 126 of 161:

Rally To Free Schapelle Corby - International J Day 2005 - Cathedral Square

Christchurch will be joining with over 200 cities to protest cannabis prohibition and celebrate International J Day and the Million Marijuana March this Saturday 7 May 2005 from 12.00pm - 4.20pm. All are welcome.

The focus of the rally will be about the countless thousands of innocent victims in this abominable 'Drug War' of which Schapelle Corby is just one of many pawns in a much bigger game.

Derek McCullough, Pastor for the Universal Unitarian Church will say a prayer and hold a minute's silence for these unnecessary casualties and victims of the Drug War.

Larry Ross of the Nuclear Free Peace Making Association will be talking about 'Drugs for Arms' overseas and Labour MP for Christchurch Central Tim Barnett, will be telling us where the Government is up to in New Zealand on the cannabis law reform issue. According to our sources, the next stage, is for the issue to be progressed, through the Justice and Electoral Committee."
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Parliament Q/A Cannabis - Legal Status

Hon Phil Goff: As I indicated before, I think that decriminalisation of the drug would lead to its greater availability and heavier use.

Nandor Tanczos wrote:
Question for Oral Answer: Cannabis - Legal Status
Question for Oral Answer: Cannabis - Legal Status
Nandor Tanczos MP, Green Party Drug Policy Spokesperson
Parliament, 5th May 2005

Nandor, good retort. Turner is obviously worried the class d provisions allow for cannabis 'order in council' downgrade. Perhaps more should be made of this and the purpose of the EACD - evidence based blah blah  -  use it as a selling point that class d has wide pubic acceptance with huge petition supporting it coming out of Christchurch.

Obviously Goff hasn't read the health Select Committee reports  about cannabis availability and use, especially the bits about deterrence and the harms being largely overstated. 

He appears like many others missed the bit about 'sub clinical' psychosis in Richies et al work.  These kids are so damn mad that it can only detected in the laboratory!

Although there are parents for whom Goff's simplistic argument lies well, for them the average teenage angst session  might now easily lead parents to think that the otherwise normal teen behavior is just drug induced madness. (Like tostesterones side effects could ever be  cured by 'applied psychology' or more ritalin, or a fireside chat with Mr Goff, or worse, Ms Turner. )

It is egregious of Ms Turner and Hon Goff to 'accept' the situation as outlined (and now in Hansard) about the Netherlands. This misrepresents what is happening in the Netherlands and EU. It misleads the public of New Zealand. Both as advocates of party views are evidencing political bias.

The latest briefings and media releases from ENCOD.ORG indicate otherwise with the insight-full Catania report supporting and calling for a unified EU softdrug policy. (quite a challenge to the UN and obviously the USA) but there are initiatives right now to resolve the Netherlands cross-border drug tourism indicating a huge swing to tolerance. (20 border city mayors support this initiative)  This is the true netherlands position and trend,  contrary to what Hansard would have us believe.

I am taking up the "Clifford/LEAP" inspired Seattle "sister city initiative" with Maxim and U/F...  what could be better for the family than leave a political legacy that delivered.....
"The principal objectives of this effort are: reductions in crime and public disorder; improvement of the public health; better protection of children; and wiser use of scarce public resources.". 
see resolution documents at  The seven numbered paragraphs on page 2 and 3 of the 4 page pdf file Resolution on State Regulation and Control of Psychoactive Substances is the retort that mocks Goff utterly and completly - table the damn thing - its not like the  report lacks integrity.

Also you could throw the latest Royal Colleges of Physicians and Psychiatrists report at them both. Underline "short term political gain" and give a copy to the EACD and the parl Library 'forwarded on behalf of the mildgreen initiative'. ;-)

I hope to make personal contact with JudyT soon. Time we talked about why Washington State Public Health thinks the current  thinking  fails to "reduce problematic drug use, particularly among children".

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Thursday, May 05, 2005

Purvis decision perverse. LTE - ODT

Letter to the Editor
Otago Daily Times
Purvis decision perverse.

It might be simplistic to think that Judges and Jury's regard cannabis consumers as addicted liars or that none could ever be entrepreneurial? The case of Kane Purvis [Court Reporter ODT 4 may] consuming unaccounted civil, police and justice resources should alert us to the unintended consequence of a policy that would raid someone's home with sanction of full force and effect to uphold the law. All for a commodity that even 'at the threshold for supply' would barely pay a months utilities. Mere subjective police advise determines if any unexplained note regarding a debt for less than a round of beer is grounds to sanction and stigmatize someone for life.

Meanwhile there is 40 million times the apparent criminality undetected in the community (200tonnes cannabis per annum. / 5gms ) At seven orders of magnitude of difference civil society may need to ask is this inequity sustainable, while the question for the jury, judge and prosecutor will forever be 'and what difference did this make?'

Prof. Fred Fastier described cannabis prohibition as deficient in his book 'Drugs and the Law'. The Purvis case scales how so. Cash and Cannabis are fungible commodities. The packaging, storage, distribution and proximity to each other is an accident of prohibition, not the pharmacology.

/Blair Anderson

ODT 4th May Court Reporter - Jury satisfied drug for sale.

A jury in the Dunedin District Court has decided 5g ofcannabis in the possession of Kane Jonathan Purvis (20) when police raided his home last September was intended for sale.
The jurors deliberated for more than five hours, returning to the courtroom twice to rehear passages of evidence, before reaching their decision. Following the verdict, Judge John Macdonald convicted Purvis and remanded him on bail for sentence on May 20.

The accused had denied intending to sell the cannabis which, at 5g, weighed 23g less than the level giving rise to the presumption of an intention for sale.He was charged on September 2 after police found five �tinnies� in a plastic bag along with $130 cash. In an expandable file case was found a notebook containing, among other written notes, the names of several people with cash amounts listed beside them.

The prosecution said this was a �tick list�, indicating Purvis was a drug dealer. Purvis, who denied a charge of possession for the purpose of sale, said he was a regular cannabis user and had bought the five �tinnies� from a man in a bar the previous night. He said the amounts of money listed beside the names referred to loans from the named people and other amounts related to household expenses.

After Crown and defence counsel David Robinson and Anne Stevens put their opposing arguments, Judge John Macdonald summed up the case before the jurors began their deliberations just after 11.30 yesterday morning.
The only question for them was whether the cannabis was intended for sale, they were told. Mr Robinson contended all the evidence pointed to the fact it was but Mrs Stevens said Purvis had been charged simply because when the cannabis was found, there was also money in the bag and the notebook was taken to be a �tick list�. She suggested there was a �ring of truth� to the accused�s explanation.


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(extract from minutes)

attending: Glenda Burt (Chairperson), Carole Evans (Deputy Mayor), Carmen Hammond, Don Rowlands, and Gail Sheriff.


Blair Anderson was in attendance to speak about drug policy and the impact of illegal drug use on community safety, health, law and order, and education. The Chairperson thanked Mr Anderson for his presentation and noted that the issues raised fell under the area of responsibility of central government rather than local government.

This regretably was not an accurate record of the submission and is very disengenuos to the truth of the matter. IF this was an accurate record it would have clearly stated that this deputation was supported by a petition of MOST EVERYONE from Ottawa Road (108 Signatories) regarding the 'injustice under existing law' burwood resident and sickness beneficiary NEVILLE YATES. FURTHER it informed the committee of the important role the law has in manufacturing unsafe, unhealthy communities supported by evidence and testimony.

Seattle (Christchurch Sister City) and engagement of civil society in the process of understanding the necessity of responding to this issue at the local level was highlighted. (Mayor Garry Moore, and his wife had just travelled to Seattle and were invited to meet with a delegation from the Drug Policy inititiative and pretended they knew nothing about it, it was expediently ignored)
King County Bar Association Drug Policy Project -
Principal objectives: reductions in crime and public disorder; improvement of the public health; better protection of children; and wiser use of scarce public resources.

However, political expediency cleary is an impediment. The Deputy Mayor could only defend her council's Mayor's and commitee response by pretending there was NO local will to see resolution.

This report is an indefensible lie by ommision and a grave disservice to civic governance.

The consultation process in disrepute evidenced by its neglect 'of duty of care' to Neville Yates and others.

The community is urged to telephone the city councilors in your area and ask them to redress this anomolous situation and write to local media.
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Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Drug Czar of NZ, on curriculum development

[Jim Anderton speech excerpt, see full text at]

It was particularly important to me that the resource 'Strengthening Drug Education in School Communities,' which was developed by the Ministry of Youth Development last year, was not just another school resource that might be left on a shelf to gather dust.

To avoid that fate, I encouraged the Ministry of Youth Development and the Ministry of Education to get together and come up with a practical implementation plan, of which this workshop and the following ones are a part.

Research has shown that one-off programmes by outside providers are not effective and should only be used to strengthen the teaching of drug education as part of the health and education curriculum.

Of course funding was a bit of a sticking point, as it often is, but as leader of the coalition party in government, the Progressive Party, I managed to secure funding in the 2004 Budget round for a National Drug Policy Discretionary Grant Fund.

I suggested an application be made to that fund and my Labour colleagues on the Ministerial Committee on Drug Policy were supportive of allocating $30,000 to these workshops.

I believe the Ministry of Youth Development has also found another $15,000 to ensure as much coverage as possible.

These workshops support the Ministry of Education�s recommendation for schools to have a curriculum-based approach to drug education delivered by qualified teachers.

They will encourage schools to apply evidence-based drug education and to use the checklist for assessing the quality of external drug education providers or programmes when deciding to use them.

In this way, I believe these workshops will be an important addition to our education programmes to reduce the demand for drugs and I thank you again for playing your part

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(And so says Czar Jim!, it really is a pity that the same assessment standards cannot be applied to prohibition, however 'Progressive' this initiative is painted. Now where is the address for that Policy Discretionary Grant Fund? /Blair )
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Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Staunch support from Boyracers... May Day 7th

what does a policeman think when he randomly stops this driver...
And when a Police Officer randomly pulls this "Boyracer" over - Will his tattoo lead to drug testing?
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Monday, May 02, 2005

The Grey Power Vote should not be for sale - says Pita Sharples

Scoop: The Grey Power Vote should not be for sale: "we should be offering them personal love and care and what about offering them a non-violent society, a drug free community and a good place to bring up their grandchildren"

Good on you Pita, and just how are you going to do that... by lying to them about "P" ?

You were right saying that your no expert on drugs. Your worse on measuring the cost of prohibition to your whanau. Your travelling the country confusing people about drugs - promising the unprovidable while sacrificing the possible. Stick to teaching Te Reo Pita. Such naive policy goals as 'a drug free community' are a danger to society and inparticular to our older folk.

Its enough to give ya incontinence!
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Psychotic symptoms in susceptible individuals?

Heavy use of cannabis may lead to psychotic symptoms in susceptible individuals

Fergusson, D.M., Horwood, L.J. and Ridder, E.M. (2005) Tests of causal linkages between cannabis use and psychotic symptoms. Addiction, 100 (3)

Cannabis is thought by many to be a harmless recreational drug and is used regularly by people of all ages although research over many years has shown that people who use cannabis regularly are more likely to suffer from schizophrenia. What has not been clear is whether the symptoms are caused by cannabis use or whether people who are likely to develop psychotic symptoms happen also to be more likely to be attracted to cannabis.

In the Addiction paper, Professor David Fergusson and colleagues from the Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Otago, in New Zealand used data gathered across the course of a 25 year study of over 1,000 New Zealanders born in 1977. They devised complex statistical models that took into account the possibility that psychosis encouraged cannabis use, and that also adjusted the results for other factors associated with cannabis use. The fact that this was a prospective study allowed the researchers to get a better understanding of the direction of effect. Said David Fergusson “Even when all factors were taken into account, there was a clear increase in rates of psychotic symptoms after the start of regular use, with daily users of cannabis having rates that were over 150% those of non users. These findings add to a growing body of evidence from different sources, all of which suggest that heavy use of cannabis may lead to increased risks of psychotic symptoms and illness in susceptible individuals”.

Blair Anderson
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