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, November 08, 2007

Reason, not 'White Rhino' that is endangered.

Armed police, using stun grenades, raided an apartment in central Hamilton yesterday as lunchtime shoppers watched in amazement.

The raid shut down a sophisticated cannabis-growing operation, which included a variety of plant called 'White Rhino'. A drug team supported by armed officers stormed an apartment accessed above the Kathmandu and Vodafone stores. (but made no difference at all other than create another high paying job vacancy)
Stun grenades were used during the raid, blasts that could be heard from the footpath on the opposite side of the street. (sending a message that "we're tough on crime" bah humbug! ) Police communications spokesman Andrew McAlley said about 400 plants had been seized during the swoop, and three people had been arrested and taken away for questioning.

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White Rhino has a reputation for its high THC content, the active ingredient in cannabis. When mature, white crystals (oooh, scary! but perfectly normal, all cannabis have trichomes, some more than others, it is a desirable trait that means harm reduction 'less is more'/Blair) form on the plant which cover its flowers, after which it is harvested. Although police were unable to say what the hydroponic cannabis trade was valued at within the region, production of the drug in outdoor operations was estimated at $74 million in the Waikato, Mr McAlley said. (And the very reason all civic policy be held up to cost/benefit scrutiny) He defended the police's use of the armed offenders squad in downtown Hamilton during business and shopping hours. (Defended the use!, What rubbish, if they didn't use them, they wouldn't get the bottomless budgets. The timing is important, its about policing visibility, or is it that is when these 'downtown' plants are easily stun'able and at their least threatening. Are we to believe these white crystals can penetrate body armour where 'common sense' is unable to. )

More: Stun grenades used as drug raid reveals 'White Rhino' : Thursday November 08, 2007 By Simon O'Rourke - 08 Nov 2007 - NZ Herald: New Zealand National news

Thanks to this kind of media coverage "white rhino", a feminised seed variety (produces female plants) will be in hot demand. "Clots" comes to mind. Its not White Rhino that is the endangered here, rather the all to prevalent elephant in the room - "Prohibition and the sensationalist media coverage couldn't market cannabis better than if it was made compulsory." /Blair

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