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

Thursday, May 05, 2005


(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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