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, June 30, 2005

Painkiller Warnings Rekindle Debate Over Medical Marijuana

FOXNews.com - Health - Painkiller Warnings Rekindle Debate Over Medical Marijuana: "Jack Cole, a 26-year veteran of the New Jersey state police who served 14 of those years in the narcotics bureau, now serves as director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, a lobbying group of former drug-busters who believe the U.S. 'war on drugs' has failed and supports sweeping reforms of the nation's drug policy.

Cole contends that scheduling creates a system that discourages objective research into drugs and their medical effects.

'There are certainly enough people out there who are already using Schedule I drugs [for medical purposes], who would benefit from being in a government study of their use,' Cole said."
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Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Occasional pot dangerous - UN anti drug day

Sunday Times: Occasional pot dangerous - United Nations

THE United Nations drug agency has warned on world anti-drugs day that even occasional use of marijuana is a link in a long and dangerous cycle of crime, degradation and terrorism.

'The links between organised crime, drug trafficking, drug consumption, drug money, arms trafficking and terrorism become clearer every day,' said Antonio Maria Costa, executive director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

'We know that even the occasional marijuana smoker is a link in a much longer and more dangerous chain.'

In a message to mark an international anti-drug day, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan warned that drugs were 'little more than tickets to a dead end'"

[they sure are Mr Annan... "In the (chinese) southern city of Guizhou, 24 people were convicted of trafficking over the weekend, and five were immediately executed with a bullet in the neck" /Blair ]
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Monday, June 27, 2005

The High Cost of Prohibition - Milton Friedman on Miron

The high cost of prohibition - PittsburghLIVE.com

Milton Friedman is no dopehead.

But that's his hallowed name atop the list of more than 500 economists who've signed an open letter asking our Drug War-addled politicians to stop the prohibition of marijuana and instead legalize it and tax it.

The petition asks the president, Congress and state officials to wake up, smell the ganja and look honestly at 'The Budgetary Implications of Marijuana Prohibition,' a report recently done by Harvard economics professor Jeffrey Miron."
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Thursday, June 23, 2005

Prohibition Declared Safe (choke choke)

God strikes down another prohibitor for telling lies about how safe the prohibition protocol is....

This sound byte (57 seconds) was recorded from the House of Representatives debate on "Class D" - a place to put certain herbals used for partying up in to a 'regulated model', but the speaker, a United Future MP is a rabid prohibitor and demanded that cannabis cannot be included in the mix of what might be possible,  preferring instead the chaos and dysfunction that is.... a prohibition in name only.



Here, for the record, Judy Turner's voice is removed from the debate...
The timing is utterly sublime...could this be an act of god?

http://www.mildgreens.com/media/prohibitionsafe-yeahright.mp3


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Body's Pot-Like Chemicals May Help Curb Pain

"If we design chemicals that can tweak the levels of these cannabinoid compounds in the brain, we might be able to boost their normal effects,",

Well, that sounds a bit like we have been lied too about no medicinal use...
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Monday, June 20, 2005

Naomi, Narcanon and higher powers [LTE 15 June]

LTE
fwd'd to Northland Stuff.

Naomi, Narcanon and Higher Powers

Amongst the least effective interventions for use or possesion of cannabis is zero tollerant twelve steps and criminalisation. Intollerance is not a redeeming quality of any higher power that I am familiar with other than despots, dictators and cult leaders. None of these have any published literature demonstrating experience or efficacy delivering sustainable health interventions in drug related fields.

Most people like Naomi, succesfully reduce or cease cannabis use on their own violition, be it by diminishing use or by instant cessation. Common to both strategies is self will, seemingly the highest power of all.
Criminal sanction and "I'm sick, febble minded, or both, so I'll surround myself with others so convinced" has proven to be a deficient intervention - they are after all, predicated on prohibition. They do no better than drug courts and coercive care according to the evidence base.

But good on Naomi for selfmedicating using a proven 'anti-depressent' coping medicine for 18 years without getting caught, loosing her mind, her health or both. God's seed bearing herb has kept her safe, when prohibition failed her, even if she was a little distracted.

[15 June]    Twelve steps to freedom from drugs
see http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/print/0,1478,3314396a1927,00.html


  
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Sunday, June 19, 2005

Pop till you drop

Sally Blundell | New Zealand Listener

"Professor David Fergusson at the Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences says it is a complicated debate that has been completely botched.

'It's completely predictable � young people between 18 and 25 are at their peak potential for taking risks. There is probably good reason to regulate sale, supply and delivery, but if laws aren't reflected in people's belief system, they will never work. Look at cannabis � if you pass a law saying no smoking of cannabis and most people ignore it and police don't enforce it, it's not really a law, is it? If young people don't believe [in these proposed regulations] and parents give them freedom and they have purchasing power, the law will be completely irrelevant to how young people take drugs.'"
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Long-term use of cannabis leads to harder drugs

Telegraph | News | Long-term use of cannabis 'leads to harder drugs'

key phrase...."If confirmed, the findings suggest"

You only need read the remainder to see distortions of science that will keep the UFO lass, Judy Turner and "PCP" Jim Andertons glowing like a southern sunset. But the problem remains... bad people do bad things. Most people who partake in cannabis are not bad people. That makes the law, in its appication, unjust. It is thus, a bad law.

Murray and freinds choose not to see the flaw in the social science.
The editorial is just speculation as to causal relationship. It doesnt deserve the ink...
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Friday, June 17, 2005

Drug Amendment Bill a step towards evidence-based regime (Green

Stealing ideas based on solid unpaid analysis is just theft, but apparently such intellectual dishonesty  is OK for a 'just' cause!
see Scoop: Mild Greens deliver Class D Drug solution.
[pub. mar 7 2000]



The following propaganda is a Greens media release on "Drugs Amendment part of balanced strategy"   see
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0506/S00358.htm

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Drug Amendment Bill a step towards evidence-based regime (Green Party media release)
Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2005 18:00:05 +1200
From: Nandor Tanczos <Nandor.Tanczos@parliament.govt.nz>
Drug Amendment Bill a step towards evidence-based regime (Green Party media release)

16 June 2005

Drug Amendment Bill a step towards evidence-based regime

The Greens are welcoming the passing today of the Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) No. 3 Bill.

“We are happy this Bill has passed because we agree with its overall intent and are pleased to see that two Green proposals have now been enacted,” said the Green Party’s Drug Issues Spokesperson Nandor Tanczos.

We were the first to advocate the introduction of a ‘Schedule D’, a fourth rung in the Misuse of Drugs Act ladder that offers the option of restricting, rather than banning, some psycho-active substances.       

“The second is the targeting of precursors to methamphetamine, which last year we called on the Government to focus on controlling.”

“This Bill is a useful step towards a properly graduated and more realistic, evidence-based drug regime, and while we have had some concerns about the details and processes, overall we commend Mr Anderton for its passage,” said Nandor.

[You have received this message because we think we deserve our superannuation for life and are desperate for votes at the margins so we are taking all the credit in this policy area.
If you would like to keep receiving lies about Drug Policy and/or Justice, please apply to the Green Party, attn. Nandor Tanczos.
  ]


Can a bit of restorative justice fix this - we will just have to watch and see!  PS. methamphetamine prevalence is a product of poor drug policy and pandering to a failed system based on moral judgments and sending messages.  MDA#3 is just tatting on the quilt of dysfunction.

Blair Anderson 50 Wainoni Road. Christchurch, NZ http://mildgreens.com http://mildgreens.blogspot.com/ ph (643) 389 4065 cell/TXT 025 2657219 car-phone 025 2105080
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Thursday, June 16, 2005

Anderton - Misuse of Drugs Amendment Bill

There will be more to follow on this subject as we take stock of the
passing of MDA#3 'under urgency' this day. The devil is in the details.
Policing, another case of "Powers to which they may well not entitled"
- So much for evidence based 'anything', let alone informed consent
public consultation.
The Bill and its consequences are very poorly explained let alone justified.

The only thing Anderton got right was "Class-D" which the public signed
up for, but it didn't even rate a mention.
(Anderton, Good Friday 2004)

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0506/S00353.htm

--
Blair Anderson
50 Wainoni Road. Christchurch, NZ

http://mildgreens.com http://mildgreens.blogspot.com/
ph (643) 389 4065 cell/TXT 025 2657219 car-phone 025 2105080

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The Seattle Times: Opinion: Time for a new strategy in the war on drugs

'Is it Time to End the War on Drugs?'

The King County Bar Association gave that title to a report in 2001, and now has put out a study that answers, yes. The study, 'Effective Drug Control,' argues that the use of marijuana, cocaine, heroin and other drugs be considered health problems instead of crimes, and that government manage, inform and help people instead of putting them in prison.

Many will scoff at this liberal-Seattle idea, but there is realism in it. Making drugs illegal does not make them go away. You can get them. Kids can get them. Our government conducts 'war' on the suppliers, but the supply is created by the demand.

The meaning of our law, says Roger Goodman, director of the bar association's Drug Policy Project, is that 'we have chosen to buy our drugs from criminal gangs.'

It's a dangerous form of distribution. In illegal markets, quality and purity are subject to error and trickery, which to the user of some drugs may be lethal. Business competition may also be lethal.

These deaths are an effect of prohibition, not of drugs. Jack Cole, the former cop who founded Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, said: 'When was the last time you heard of two Bud distributors shooting each other?'

Of course, users of drugs � or of beer � may commit crimes. Drug users ruin their marriages, neglect their kids, lose their jobs, lose their homes and dissipate their health. Others manage it."

[this, published yesterday, demonstrates the interesection between LEAP and Seattle, relevent to the Sister City of Christchurch, see http://mildgreens.com/leap .)
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Tuesday, June 14, 2005

The Journey to Prison: Who Goes & Why

"It is Lashlie's views against the decriminalisation of cannabis, which grow out of the tragedy she has seen in prisons, which help to outline the connections between prison and other social issues. It is here however that Lashlie's inconsistency shows through. She fails to place decriminalisation of cannabis within the same broad social setting as she does poverty and culture." / Defred, Waitakere City, Auckland


Celia Lashlie, highly respected author and public speaker is usefully observed by a vendor of one of her books on auction site TradeMe with above excellent review. The writer observes other insights and failings but her book is still seminal - while not everyone will agree, it contrasts some solid commonsense and experience against the 'lockem up' mentality of politicians driving the public perception of why we appear to have an incarcerating justice system. Celia is a vital part of that conversation and despite absence of cannabis in her public discussions (I have tried to make it to her public meetings...) one can easily take from her core matter that continuing cannabis 'corrections' enforcement is a no brainer. However the absence of cannabis law and drug treatment in her male/female analysis is a serious ommission.
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Sunday, June 12, 2005

EFSDP Russell Barth: Parliament Hill Ottawa

"It is the fault of adults that kids are using drugs, and it is up to adults to fix it."
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Friday, June 10, 2005

Dead drink-drivers 'often also drugged'

Dominion Post: Dead drink-drivers 'often also drugged'

By CHALPAT SONTI
More than half the drink-drivers who die on the roads are likely to have other drugs in their bodies, research shows.

Police will use the preliminary [huh! and this is evidence based? ] results of the long-term study to push for changes to the drugged-driving laws. A report on the study's findings is due to be presented to the Government by the end of the year. [after the election!]

Police have stepped up training of frontline traffic officers in the skills needed to detect drugged drivers. [highly subjective.... based on prejudices and passing the attitude 'test']

Results from the study by police and Environmental Science and Research - the first in about 20 years into the extent of driving under the influence of drugs - also showed that up to a third of drivers killed on the roads and later tested had traces of cannabis in their blood. [unsurprisingly, they had cannabis metabolites in their blood. This is the logical equivalent of sucking on the exhaust of a car expecting it to tell us accurately 'to the standards of evidence required for a criminal conviction' what speed it did today. Laughable! ]

The study has looked at samples from more than 200 dead motorists [drivers?] in the past year. It estimated 33 per cent had cannabis in their blood and 24 per cent had more than the legal limit of alcohol. Methamphetamine (3 per cent), methadone (2 per cent) and tranquillisers such as Valium (2 per cent) also featured.

[how many cannabis consumers in the general population?, how many in the demograph who died? This is a rubbish study. Cannabis = zero tollerant, Alcohol impairment is is dose dependent and tollerated.]

Nine of those who died had traces of methamphetamine, though just one had taken the drug without alcohol.

More than half the drink-drivers who died had traces of other drugs in their system. [argghh, how way ways can you say the same thing in one article]

The study has been done in conjunction with a roadside drug-testing trial. People suspected of being under the influence of drugs can be asked - but not made - to do a series of balance or coordination tests, such as touching the tip of their nose.

If they fail, a medical practitioner can then decide if they are capable of driving. If not, they can be charged with driving under the influence of drugs, for which the maximum penalty is two years in prison or a $6000 fine, as well as a one-year licence disqualification.

Police want the wording of the law changed from incapable of driving to impaired by drugs, a much easier standard to prove.

Road policing spokeswoman Sarah van der Heyden said it was hoped the study would help the push for the law change, which would bring New Zealand in line with Britain.

Police had found many impaired drivers during the roadside trial, but there had been no prosecutions of motorists who were incapable of driving.

[ comprehension 101 - desconstruct this and it is meaningless]

British policeman Steve Collier, who is training New Zealand police in drugged-driving identification techniques, said British police went through a five-year battle to have the law changed.

The balance tests, which British police could demand, stood up as evidence in court and were often filmed.

Drugs were [present, with no accounting for impairment] a contributing factor in the deaths of about 5 per cent of road deaths in 2003."

[the last sentence is about Great Britain, but you were not supposed to notice that.. In GB heroin cocaine and its derivatives spill from the drug routes, not so New Zealand. The presentation of this preemptive analysis from the NZ data is obsfucory and disengenous at this time. It smacks of self interest.]
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Jim Anderton on Nos [varsity.co.nz]

Features: Lucid: Jim Anderton on Nos [varsity.co.nz]:

"But you�ve got cannabis, and you�ve got everything up down and sideways. When you stomp on one, you�ll get another one. It sort of goes with the territory I�m afraid."

Anderton maintains his head up his political arse with his NoS is illegal and that fixes everything approach all the while fixing nothing. NoS is open sold in every 'Herbal' shop in Christchurch in open defiance demonstrating that his intervention is unenforcable and giving lie to Anderton in the marketspace of political wisdom. The only people who think Anderton is ontrack are those who are deluded by drug prohibition and its prohibitors.

It is a pity that his comment above appears to show some insight but in the context of his prohibitive 'we dont need another drug' political idiom shows he is incapable of seeing its consequences. Oppress cannabis - create P ??

Anderton provides the market space for the very drug he hates most!

He is [part of] the problem... not the solution.

/Blair
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Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Drug strategy fails to tackle crucial issues

Doctors warn Government drug strategy fails to tackle crucial issues

The Government�s National Drug Strategy misses a crucial point by failing to tackle drinking and smoking early in life, warned public health doctors at the British Medical Association yesterday (2 June 2005)."

�The National Drug Strategy was set up with crime-reduction in mind - and for that reason it�s designed to tackle illegal drug use only.

�But most drug addicts don�t progress straight to heroine or crack cocaine. They show signs of trouble to come in early life, by smoking and drinking alcohol at a young age.

�The Government�s drug strategy doesn�t properly recognise the importance of these �gateway� drugs in young people, leaving it to other agencies to deal with these problems separately.

�If we are serious about preventing addiction to both legal and illegal drugs, we must have better services to tackle these problems among young people, and they must be co-ordinated into the national drug strategy.

[Sounds like a ringing endorsement of Class-D / Blair ]
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Sunday, June 05, 2005

Marijuana like chemicals in the brain calm neurons

"David Prince, MD, the Edward F. and Irene Thiele Pimley Professor of Neurology and Neurological Sciences, and his colleagues found that a group of neurons that act as information gatekeepers in the brain's major information processing center, called the cerebral cortex, release cannabinoids that quiet their own activity. This form of self-inhibition is a novel way for neurons to regulate their own ability to send messages to their neighbors. Tetrahydrocannabinol from marijuana may work its brain-altering magic by binding to these same cells.

'Marijuana is a major drug of abuse with actions in the brain that aren't entirely known. Now we understand one piece of the puzzle,' Prince said. The work of Prince and his colleagues John R. Huguenard, PhD, associate professor of neurology and neurological sciences, and Alberto Bacci, PhD, staff research associate, is published in the Sept. 16 issue of Nature.

The cells under scrutiny lie in the cerebral cortex. This region processes information from the eyes, ears, skin and other sense organs, regulates movement and performs complex functions such as those involved in thinking, learning and emotions. The cortex contains two major types of nerve cells: pyramidal neurons that excite both local and more distant neighbors, and inhibitory interneurons that act as local dimming switches, shutting down the activity of nearby brain cells. The inhibitory interneurons prevent the brain from taking in and responding to every thought, sight or sound it encounters. They also protect against runaway excitation such as that seen in epilepsy."

.......

However, because the interneurons inhibit cells that have such wide-ranging effects, it's no surprise that the drug alters how people perceive the world around them. "A loss of inhibition in pyramidal cells could produce changes in perception, in motor function and in everything the cerebral cortex does," he said.

The Stanford team hopes that by studying how these receptors work, researchers may learn how to make drugs that selectively bind and block subtypes of cannabinoid receptors on one type of cell but not another. This may be one way to harness the medically useful aspect of marijuana without causing brain-altering side effects.

According to Prince, such drugs could also be useful in treating epilepsy. Pyramidal cells are among those that fire out of control during a seizure. One reason these cells fire so rapidly may be that interneurons get shut down. A drug that blocks cannabinoid receptors on some types of inhibitory interneurons might allow them to continue quieting the pyramidal cells during periods of intense activity.
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Costs of Marijuana Prohibition: Economic Analysis

Costs of Marijuana Prohibition: Economic Analysis

"We, the undersigned, call your attention to the attached report by Professor Jeffrey A. Miron, The Budgetary Implications of Marijuana Prohibition."

What follows at the above link is a list of some 500 economists including Milton Friedman who support Miron, visiting professor of economics at Harvard University, but just check out the rest of the alma mater- this is weighty support and encouragement to reformers and fence sitters alike.

It has to be wondered if Don Brash would jointly support this illustrious bunch of academics?
/Blair
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Thursday, June 02, 2005

Globalise to Legalize -- Schapelle Corby -- What The Hell?

Dear global drug policy reform community,

It's too late for Shanmugam, but it's not too late for Schapelle...

It is my intention to initiate broad, energetic effect by suggesting a global strategy for the release of Schapelle Corby and other prisoners of the drug war. This idea is the result of profound moral outrage regarding intolerable abuses, such as that of Miss Corby in Bali, Aaron Paradiso in California, and Shanmugam Moregesu in Singapore.

I know that many of you share this outrage, but at this point there has been no global expression of it. In an era of internet communications, this is an inexplicable oversight.

Unlike the drug policy reform movement, the drug war is global and coordinated. I wonder if there could be some unifying effect if every drug policy reform group in the world were to contribute to a list of drug war prisoners, whose immediate release is called for -- globally.

Drug war terrorism against individuals is being carried out in many 'dark corners' of the world, with hardly the merest mention in the "free world" press. Occasionally there is an article in the alternative press, but even on sites such as TNI and DPA, people like Schapelle and Aaron go unmentioned.

I feel compelled to rant, for whatever good it may do, with others in mind. I know others must feel similarly over-loaded with the conscious realization of our individual responsibilities regarding the vast injustices and prolonged illogic we are all living with and participating in.

I truly don't know what else to do. What else to say. What else to write. I trust that this may have some beneficial, energetic effect. I am feeling poisoned by awareness, terminally ill from reading about hypocritical drug war zealots imprisoning people for a truly sacred plant, given to mankind by what some call "God" through an incomprehensibly complex natural process.

The world is being influenced by the economic pressures exerted by the monolithic force of the U.S. (my homeland) to the point that people are being victimized by many governments. This is extinctionistic, unsustainable behavior. If our species continues to behave in a such an illogical and irresponsible way, then we will continue to evolve in the direction of arrogance and disrespect for something much bigger, and much more dispassionate, than our young and arrogant species.

Last month, in Singapore, it was the murder of Shanmugam Moregesu, a father of two sons. Shanmugam was hanged for a kilo of 'marijuana.' For this, his life was ripped from the lives of his children and his community.

This week, in California, where I was born, a man who is suffering the misfortune of being quadriplegic -- and his care-giving mother -- are being Federally prosecuted for 'marijuana' in a "Republic" where the voters over-whelming approved medical 'marijuana' legislation, almost a decade ago.

So much harm is being done to so many for a plant that is unique and essential in so many ways. What is being achieved here, except insult to Nature, and create terminal imbalance?

All I can think of to write about this is the obvious: Shame (and "damnation," if there is such a thing) upon those twisted people who regurgitate presumptive moralizations, couched in self-serving lies, about the herb Cannabis as a so-called "drug."

Do these hypocrites ever refer to alcohol as a "drug?" I remember in June 1998, watching Kofi Anan toasting the global drug war (on Dutch TV), with champagne! Even Buddhist monks from Thailand, Cambodia and Sri Lanka take drugs, though they are exempted by semantics: "Monks are expected to shun vice and life's luxuries yet there is no religious edict banning them from smoking, as there is against drugs or alcohol."
http://abc.net.au/science/news/health/HealthRepublish_1380995.htm

Cannabis is a plant, a "God-given" herb, put upon this planet to be used with thanksgiving and respect. The obvious truth is that no one will ever know for sure whether Schapelle Corby carried 'marijuana' into Bali. Yet her life is threatened by a counter-productive drug war which originated in the U.S.

Maybe she did, or maybe she was just used by some black market smugglers, motivated by the black market prices being created by prohibition. Either way, the incarceration and abuse being visited upon Ms. Corby is egregiously immoral, far worse than the effect on society of any herb. Social sickness in name of "law" is still a disease. The criminalization of the Cannabis plant is the perfect example.

That this young woman is in prison, exposed to the atrocities of prison life is barbaric. Such obviously immoral political policy is to be condemned in the strongest possible terms.

Project P.E.A.C.E. and the THC Ministry International calls upon the world to demand the release of Schapelle Corby, at once. The world must turn its back on barbarity in Bali, now a place to be shunned.

How can anyone enjoy the beauty of Bali, knowing that such injustice exists there? Anyone who would accept or condone another human being this way, for such an innocuous event, is surely under a spell of by perversity.

Release Schapelle Corby or face the inevitable karmic repercussions, that come with violating the most sacred commandment of every "Lord." These can be found, for example in Genesis 1:29 (King James Bible) but every religion says the same thing: What "God" has made is good. Our responsibility is at the individual level, to respect or disrespect at our own peril.

That Shanmugam Moregesu was "legally" murdered is an atrocity that is beyond measure. That Adam Paradiso is being prosecuted is no less outrageous.

I call upon the drug policy reform community to speak with one voice for the immediate release of Schapelle Corby, Aaron Paradiso, and other drug war prisoners.

I call for a global boycott of tourism and trade with Bali, as part of a global campaign for the release of non-violent drug war prisoners everywhere. I invite you all to join this mandate by writing to the bureaucrats of Bali and California, and I wish that all may awaken to regret the loss of freedoms that so many have died for.

for peace,

Paul J. von Hartmann
Project P.E.A.C.E.
Planet Ecology Advancing Conscious Economics
http://webspawner.com/users/projectpeace

THC Ministry International
http://www.thc-ministry.org
______________________________

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Fight proposed 'draconian' drug laws

Just how daft is the process of lawmaking of the Untied States of America...?

Here is the state of harm reduction thinking behind the Single Conventions on Narcotics.... and why such laws are in utter disrepute across the Tasman. (visavis: Corby sentenced linked to terrorism act on Indonesian Consulate)
  • Mandatory two-year prison term for anyone who knows someone who sells marijuana on college campus and fails to report it to police within 24 hours.
  • Mandatory five-year prison term for someone at a part who passes a joint to someone who has ever been in a drug treatment program.
  • Expands federal "three strikes" law to include new offences, including mandating life in prison with no possibility of parole for anyone convict a third time under the RAVE Act.
  • Providing a person with sterile syringes gets up to three years in prison, mandatory two years if the person is a minor.
  • Requires you to spy on family, friends and neighbors, reporting their drug possession and/or use: if you "witness" or "learn" that it took place, you must report it to the police within 24 hours and provide "full assistance" [including wearing a 'wire'] in the investigation, apprehension, and prosecution of the people involved. Penalty? Mandatory prison sentence of not less than two years, possibility of up to ten years.
http://www.journalstandard.com/articles/2005/06/01/opinion/letters_to_the_editor/letter01.txt

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Embassy scare linked to Corby case

International cannabis tensions increase, an outcome of flawed drug policy and justice.



Feedback from youth - the Corby sentence just made cannabis 'compulsory' - Who else has an ethical right to defiance! These are adult laws.

I smell a Single Convention in disrepute.
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