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, June 18, 2007

Med Pot Murder or Compassionate Incarceration

Widow cites jail van, stress 

Thursday, 14 June 2007      

Cramped conditions in a prison van, severe stress and being confined to a police cell may have contributed to Golden Bay man Stephen Cleary's death in jail, his widow believes.  
Irene Cleary and other family members have asked for a full investigation into the death of the 49-year-old, described as a "gentle man and a wonderful father" by Mrs Cleary.
Cleary died in Christchurch Men's Prison on Monday, less than two weeks after beginning a one-year prison sentence for growing cannabis in a shipping container at his home.
The Pohara windchime-maker died from what is believed to be an embolism, or blockage to the heart, just five days after being transferred to the Christchurch prison from a Nelson police cell.

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Mrs Cleary, who is a nurse, said she also believed it was time cannabis was decriminalised for medicinal use. "I know, as a nurse, that it can relieve pain," she said. "Prison is not the place you want your loved one to finish his life in."

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