Zero emissions by about 2050 globally or we'll Sue
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
by openDemocracy contributor Adam PooleThe United Nations climate-change conference in Nairobi divides between a technical session in the first week and a political session when the ministers arrive for the second week. With, arguably, only 5% of atmosphere left before we cross the safety threshold (as outlined in the Exeter conference in February 2005) - perhaps ten years away - this conference should be about how to share out that 5%.
Monday, January 22, 2007
A JOINT operation by police and military officers led to the seizure of a plastic bag containing dried leaves believed to be marijuana at a home in Nasinu.
Acting public relations officer, Corporal Tevita Suliano said the incident happened at 10.50pm at Makoi on Friday where the house of a 40-year-old man was raided.
Acting on information, the house was raided and the plastic bag was found inside it.
Police are awaiting a government analyst's report and investigations are continuing.
Great Britain's Conservative leader David Cameron on Pot
And where is the evidence has this [political/criminal/health/education] science ever been shown to work? Cameron posits the hypothetical absent any science. No wonder history shows us it was politicians who got us into this mess, suggesting it is they who should be held accountable for the malfeasance. Doh!)
the other Blair
The results indicate that the pleasure of early use, not how much marijuana is used, determines the likelihood of later addiction. "There are people smoking a lot of marijuana who aren't addicted to it," Dr. Fergusson explains. "Others are smoking less but are addicted or headed for addiction."
Dr. Fergusson says his findings parallel those of studies on cigarette smoking and alcohol use among adolescents, which suggest that initial subjective response to a drug might be a behavioral marker for biological addiction-vulnerability. This growing body of research indicates that vulnerable individuals seem to experience enhanced sensitivity to a drug's positive effects, diminished sensitivity to its negative effects, or a combination of the two responses.
I was impressed by how many intelligent comments there
were from the pro regulation/legalization side.
I also think it's valuable to learn more effective
approaches by studying the prohibitionist comments to
understand their perspective and concerns.
--- Herb firstname.lastname@example.org; wrote:
> I found it interesting to read the comments at:
> http://www.cbc.ca My comments are 47 (I think) and 72.
Susan Deacon was formerly Scottish health minister. A Member of the Scottish Parliament for Edinburgh East and Musselburgh and a member of the RSA UK Commission on Illegal Drugs, Public Policy and Communities.
She says, "We need a pragmatic approach to drugs policy - not a moralistic one."
Well, so does New Zealand, Love!
Christchurch Mayor Garry Moore says its "Time To Talk" but he's leaving the job before he gets tested.
Garry and media ensured 'there would be no debate on his watch.. ', as the honourable chair of 'Healthy Christchurch' Garry presided over policy 'too unhealthy' to openly debate. Community and Public Heath [CDHB] are exercising consultation procedures 'unfit for the purpose'.
Christchurch, NZ's most drug imbued city fails the community test.
Canterbury Health promoters hang on to the notion that international conventions support blanket prohibition but evidence shows it to be 'an expensive myth, one that hurts more people more seriously than drugs'.
Social Ecologist, Kevin O'Connell [and also a former candidate for the golden chains ] remains 'suspicious of bet each way' elected officials who remain 'meek'. Those who adjudicate Healthy Christchurch membership have defined sensible and honest discussion, as that which 'offends the least' the 'sponsors' favorite lobby groups.
Blair Anderson, who was summarily dismissed to Unhealthy Christchurch in an appalling display of due process by Canterbury Health Board officials, says they are in breach of their own "Ottawa Charter Principles", moreover he says it is they who profess ALL voices should be at the table. The MildGreens point out; as with the precedent in NZ Disability law, "there should be no decisions about us, without us".
"What NZ MP's have to say won't bring any surprises either; but thankfully this issue is about how a community responds, and that's where the debate has to be held.".
Perhaps the Ministry of Health [or CCC] might offer to host Susan Deacon 'down under', they're into fostering closing the gaps! - Anderson speculated based on recent experience it will have to be done understanding 'the political opposition' to reform is institutional.
Healthy Christchurch 'concerned ' lobby groups should cease pretending drugs are a crime and justice issue when the policy and all that ensues, is executed under Warrant of the Health Minister. (presently Hon Pete Hodgson, who says 'create the community consent to effect change' )
Aye, e'an Su'san woo oonersta' wha tha' de nae 'appen. .
UnHealthy Christchurch Candidate 2004
Mild Greens Press release: 03-01-07
The Mild Greens have a science quote for the NZ's statutory Expert Advisory Committee on Drugs (EACD); "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting a different result." – Albert Einstein.
The Mild Greens are concerned about police statements regarding the 'linkage' between cannabis and the NZ crime scene following todays crime alert in the Northland Advocate. (03/07)
"Head of the Northland police organised-crime squad, Detective Sergeant Grant Smith, expected to find and seize a record number of cannabis plants this growing season. 'Over the past five years, cannabis-plant seizures have been steadily increasing. Cannabis is still the base funding for other drug and criminal offending,' he said."
The MildGreens say the Policeman is talking "bollocks", it is the prohibition of cannabis that is the base funding "and every one knows it".You don't need to be Einstein to see the connection between cannabis and crime is its 'legal status' and police are being simplistic and deceitful about 'drugs causing crime'.
It appears the EACD in failing to take heed of the Health Select Committee's recommendation to prioritise Cannabis and the Law is perpetuating prohibition on the basis of the very political interference it was set up to avoid (Annette King, Minister of Health, Judy Keall, Chair Health Select Committee, MDA#4 debate 2000 Hansard)
The Mild Greens believe failure to attend to the legal status of highly prevalent "cannabis" makes the EACD's BZP advice farcical, "and they should acknowledge the crime scam and resign."
"It is precisely because of the health risks that it is so irresponsible of governments to forbid drugs and thus offer as it were this lucrative trade to criminals." - The merit of health arguments in the legalization debate by Fredrick Polak, M.D., Psychiatrist.
Helen Clark's Coalition Government is complicit with Police and other 'crime industry' interests; they are running an extortion racket and the taxpayer is being fooled into following corrupt 'crime prevention' according to the MildGreen social ecologists.
With NZ's 'dob-in' narc culture (0800 BAN DRUGS) the country is in denial that 52% of surveyed kiwis have tried cannabis. It is neither 'best practice public health' nor 'crime prevention' to put so many at risk by continuing to ignore the case for decriminalisation.
"The question is… whether complete decriminalisation of cannabis is a sensible course given the scientific evidence on its adverse effects. My view is that decimalisation is the only course of action even though cannabis can have adverse effects on human health". Paul F. Smith. Prof of Pharmacology, School of Medicinal Science, University of Otago . Report to Health Select Committee on Safety and Legal issues relating to cannabis use 4/4/01.
"Cannabis is not criminogenic, whereas prohibition is", Justice Young, Supreme Court of Canada. The same 'finding of facts' report notes the " Social science evidence demonstrating that it is the criminal prohibition of marijuana which causes significant social harm while providing little (if any) benefit to society.".
So, does this mean the New Zealand Police have us all by the proverbial's and just expect our brains to follow?
With the evidence so heavily on the side of reform one has to wonder why the NZ voting public haven't figured out the legal status of cannabis is the single most pernicious and divisive activity going on in New Zealand.
Another Mild Green Initiative
(see also "INITIATIVE TO LEGALIZE ALL PLANTS AND TO RELEASE AND PURGE RECORDS OF ALL DRUG PROHIBITION PRISONERS". -
An initiative of the Cal. Bar Assn)
The grow your own model, like tomatoes (or beer/wine/spirits) is the only game in town. Anomalies such as we are reading about of entrepreneurs prepared to operate at the fringes of the law' are incentivised by the Californian/USA prohibition model.
DEA targets larger marijuana providers
LA Times California Local News
The federal agency sees big profits for medical dispensaries as a sign of illegal high-stakes drug dealing. Advocates say the raids are unfair. / By Rone Tempest, Times Staff Writer - January 1, 2007Washington Times Jan 1 2007Larger California dispensaries of medical marijuana claim they are being unfairly targeted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.
Among them is Shon Squier, 34, of Hayward, Calif., whose major storefront operation was shut down last month by the DEA, which also froze bank accounts containing $1.5 million and confiscated several expensive cars, motorcycles and $200,000 in cash, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday.
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Some people say the lawmakers themselves are in on the drug prohibition scams because drug prohibition is what keeps the flows of money going into the special feeding troughs for the prosecutors, pd's, prison and jail screws; judges; parole agents; rehab and prop 36 programs and other pigs so that the legislators will never act on their own to terminate drug prohibition which is the sole source of supply of food for them to grovel out to the state employees who are really the ones who keep these legislators in office.
Whether because of public corruption or simple incompetence the legislature did not act and so the citizens themselves in about 1996 finally took the initiative, pun intended, and passed a broad initiative legalizing the stuff medically by exempting those of us with prescriptions from felony cultivation and possession laws. The medical standard set forth by the initiative, which became a part of the California State Constitution, was "any condition for which marijuana provides relief", which is much more broad and liberal than any responsible legislature would have enacted if they were not too corrupt or incompetent to do something about the situation.
A person would think that the initiative experience, which has literally opened up marijuana for legal use, should have taught the legislators to try to be responsive to the will of the electorate and pass laws that show the citizens want the liberty to use marijuana and other shit. But the legislators still have not changed at all. Even now the legislators are about to authorize construction of even more jails in case they need to try to hold all of us scofflaw forbidden substance consumers that there are in California.
Unfortunately, we the people cannot do everything and so there has never been any real legislative work to codify how the newly legalized medical marijuana can get to the markets. As it is, "co-ops" have been trying to sell the stuff for the same ridiculous prices as the stuff was going for under drug prohibition!
So here's the proposed first draft of the initiative for us to start circulating, dudes:
"if the state legislators of the State of California have not been able to get their act together by Bastille Day 2007 even to consider whether or not to provide the citizens of the State of California any relief from the oppression of drug prohibition laws in this state and to consider the public policy of criminal sanctions for drug use which previous initiatives have declared to be a medical, not a criminal consideration, the people hereby do enact the following amendment to the Constitution of the State of California which will take effect automatically and immediately on said date if no legislative session has been established regarding these matters by that time:
All plants capable of growing within the boundaries of the State of California and all products of all such plants including but not limited to the coca, sleeping poppy and any and all varieties of the cannabis plant are hereby declared to be legal for all purposes for adult California residents; and withing 30 days from Bastille Day 2007 the governor of the State of California is ordered to have purged the criminal records of and to release from custody any and all prisoners whose crime for which incarcerated related to drugs or attempts to steal property or harm persons in order to raise money for drugs or collect money for drugs or which crimes can otherwise be shown to be somehow related to drug prohibition; and that this process will be hereafter known as the " INITIATIVE TO LEGALIZE ALL PLANTS AND TO RELEASE AND PURGE RECORDS OF ALL DRUG PROHIBITION PRISONERS".
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