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

Sunday, October 29, 2006


The House of Representatives
Parliament Buildings
New Zealand

29th October, 2006

Petition of One:

On the matter of

When a society perpetuates negative, judgmental attitudes toward any group of people, especially with regard to their different values, beliefs and ways of life, it is being oppressive. This oppression results in people being stigmatised, marginalised and ostracised for their beliefs or actions. This oppression, in turn, gets internalised by the people who experience it.

I, Blair Anderson , resident of Christchurch East, on behalf of those for whom this oppression is real, damaging and life threatening, hereby petition the House of Representatives of the Parliament of New Zealand, to be heard before Health Select Committee in consideration of the matter of Medical Cannabis, and that receipt of this petition be acknowledged before said House in accordance with standing orders.

"Medicinal cannabis users have the right to make their own, personal fundamental health choices. This right is conferred under existing Human Rights and Bill of Rights legislation and is crucial to upholding an individuals right to INFORMED CONSENT"

New Zealand citizens should not have to choose between breaking the law to use any therapy of their choice, or be forced by circumstance into going without, thereby compromising well-being and quality of life.

The Minister of Health, under whom the warrant to investigate, search, arrest, seize and incarcerate on matters related to cannabis should have to provide evidence that proves that self administered cannabis therapy poses a greater risk to a person's health than the alternatives of either (a) doing nothing or (b) traditional [prevailing] medical practice.

Further it is petitioned that the HEALTH INTERVENTION resources currently diverted to Ministry of Police and Justice under said warrant, be re-allocated back to the Ministry of Health in accordance with New Zealand's signatory obligations to Ottawa Charter principles; for the furtherance of academic research and continuing good governance of those who are only trying to feel better, be it physically, emotionally, or psychologically, and also to protect and hold true, the rights of those who care for them.

signed Blair Anderson
Director, Educators for Sensible Drug Policy

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