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

Saturday, March 31, 2007

C&C under scrutiny

http://climateandcapitalism.blogspot.com/2007/03/is-contraction-and-convergence-answer.html

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Thursday, March 29, 2007

Fight Global Warming, Travel LSD

Recreation is a vital component to our lives.

Without it we become burnt out and dull. Just as a trip to a different location can do wonders for our spirits, so too can a trip within our own minds regenerate our soul and leave us feeling refreshed and invigorated from the experience, not to mention the financial benefit of not having to fly to Cancun. Tobacco and alcohol, the only legally sanctioned recreational drugs, are more harmful than many illicit drugs on a number of scales. As such, we would do well to leave the paranoia, stigma and partisan politics that surround recreational drug use aside and concentrate on the true costs and benefits associated with the occasional, temporary chemical alteration of our experiences. In the end, we have nothing to lose but our hangovers and much more interesting lives to gain.

[the above snip is from Jeremy Oehlert, a senior in psychology and genetics from Osceola. His Blog is at http://www.greatestjournal.com/users/randomidiotuser/758720.html]

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Monday, March 26, 2007

Drug Harms vs Drug Classification

LTE / attn: Medical Research Council

Dear Sir/Madam,

The issues surrounding relative drug harms and associated 'classification based' drug policy deserves a fuller debate especially in regard to (a) mediating harms associated with prohibition's criminal sanction 'as a cure' and (b) beyond zero tolerant 'all use is misuse' paradigms.

The evidence base on these two pressing omissions is readily available and will address and largely allay any fear of much needed change.

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Strengthening Drug Education in School Communities

Invitation to Submit Feedback: Strengthening Drug Education in School Communities

Education Gazette: Volume 86 Number 4 19 March 2007

Educating NZ is working with the Ministries of Health, Education and Youth Development to develop a matrix of learning outcomes for levels 1–8 within the NZ Health and Physical Education Curriculum for Drug Education. A draft matrix has been written and schools and teachers interested in providing feedback may download a copy from http://www.educating.co.nz/services/drugeducation/index.html.

Please return your feedback by 23 April.




Educating NZ received funding from the Ministry of Health's Drug Policy Discretionary Fund to develop a Matrix of learning outcomes to assist teachers in delivering effective drug education in line with current curriculum developments. Following on from the principal led training workshops of 2005 it was identified that schools are seeking further guidance on how they can be delivering effective programmes.

The Matrix will take teachers step-by-step through the new curriculum levels of learning and detail the knowledge, understanding and skills that students should develop through learning at levels 1-8. The Matrix will reflect the outcomes of the new curriculum.

This initiative supports the recommendations in the Ministry of Youth Development's Best Practice Handbook for strengthening drug education.The project is one of collaboration between the Ministries of Health, Education and Youth Development. It will also involve the Alcohol Advisory Council of NZ, the NZ Drug Foundation, NZ Health Teachers Association and organisations of school Principals.

A one-day workshop for principals of schools with year 7-13 students

Over 250 principals of schools with students in years 7-13 attended regional one-day workshops during May and June 2005 that provided practical advice about planning for and implementing drug education in their schools.

The workshop was run by Educating NZ using well-known principals from most regions of New Zealand. The workshops were funded by the Ministry of Youth Development to promote best practice in school-based drug education.

The workshops focused on two new Ministry publications-Strengthening Drug Education in School Communities: A Best Practice Handbook and A Practical Guide for Years 7-13.

Drug Education (DrugEd)

This Ministry of Education programme in 1998-2000 saw over 1000 schools running their own professional development to improve drug education delivery in schools. The Alcohol Advisory Council of New Zealand (ALAC) funded it. Educating NZ project director Janelle Grady managed the funding, evaluation and monitoring on behalf of the MOE.

Download a copy of the draft matrix to provide feedback here

Please return your feedback with the matrix
by 23rd April 2007 to:
Lynley Bell, Educating NZ,
PO Box 12345, Wellington.
OR
Fax to (04) 471 1547
OR
Email to
lynley@educating.co.nz


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Sunday, March 18, 2007

Drug Policy Embarrasment - LTE NZH

Letter to the Editor,
New Zealand Herald

Drug Policy Embarrasment

NZHerald opened a Pandora's box when it mistakenly characterised the recent RSA drugs report critiquing the ABC classification of drugs as just "moral panic" and asking for online feedback positing "Are Drugs Wrongly Demonised?". [The influential study concluded Britain's drug policy is "not fit for purpose and is failing to cut addiction or drug-related crime." ]

Clearly the weight of opinion (about 25:1) from the NZH readership supports international calls for wholesale drug policy reform. Cogent and richly diverse insight demonstrates how gravely flawed NZ's National Drug Policy [NDP], released in the same week, has become.

At last years Christchurch NDP consultation Ministry Officials heard the review process described by an addiction science Professor as "an embarrassment to the Ministry of Health".

Come election time Hon's Anderton and O'Conner will be applauding themselves as 'tough on drugs' albeit at our expense yet deliverable harm minimisation, the return on investment objectives of the NDP, is inconsequential. NZHerald's readership is demonstrably smarter than the government sham for policy suggesting you and yours are seen as not part of the solution, rather as an expensive (diverting resources away from what's broken) and crime creating, thus dangerous part of the problem.

200 words

ref:
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/feature/story.cfm?c_id=1501154&objectid=10427939

http://www.tv3.co.nz/Portals/0/Admin/News/PDFs/rsa_drugs_report.pdf

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Friday, March 16, 2007

National Drug Policy; A Crock of Shite

National Drug Policy; a Crock of Shite
Press release 15 March 2007 - MildGreens

"the number of convictions for cannabis offences per annum demonstrates considerable harm for cannabis users" – Major Issues, National Policy on Tobacco, Alcohol and Other Drugs- draft for public consultation, Nov, 1995 p10.
"PROBLEMS FOR THE INDIVIDUAL AND SOCIETY ALSO ARISE FROM THE EFFECTS OF CANNABIS CRIMINALISATION, AND THESE NEED TO BE PART OF THE EQUATION WHEN DETERMINING OPTIMUM PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY" - Cannabis Policy in Australia and NZ., Drug and Alcohol review (1997) 16,421-428, Sally Abel

What particular over-arching government policy has deliberately avoided evidence-based best practice at the core of its raison d'etre: 'Harm Minimisation'???

As anticipated, the MildGreens expected today's release of the 5-year review of government's National Drug Policy (NDP) to gloss over its total failure to reduce drug demand and supply despite costly 'whole of government' and 'intersectorial' initiatives...

Self appointed expert on drugs and youth suicide (Jim Anderton) is telling criminalisation industry insiders and inadvertent drug promotion grifters (health promotion/counsellors etc) at today's NDP relaunch, that the multi-pronged 'balanced' approach to combating drug abuse can only be effective "when communities take responsibility" (along with a host of other weasle words).

The MildGreens say this if further 'evidence base' Anderton is a particularly irresponsible and dangerous choice for drug minister because he represents FAILURE.

"We predicted the NDP would fail to notice the bullying, repressive double standards (licit and illicit drugs) and abuse of the public health and harm minimisation principles which was intended to underpin the policy." (principles notably include: effectiveness including 'cost-effectiveness', equity, harm reduction and 'upholding individual rights where these do not unreasonably impinge on others etc.)

"Symbolic of the lack of sincerity and rigor in the NDP's strategy to combat drug abuse is the fact that the '5 year' review comes 12 years after the policy was first drafted. The 7 years of 'doing nothing' is the tip of the iceberg in the NDP waste and fraud" says Blair Anderson of the MildGreens. "for example, how many innocent people – and medicinal users - have been vilified and prejudiced by lost employment and/or travel opportunities by the process of a prosecution for the non crime CANNABIS?"

The NDP's first phase in the late 90's was the dis-integrating of the initial comprehensive policy into licit and illicit policies. This split facilitated a 2 year delay in the illicit drug policy
component while a recommended and budgeted cannabis 'cost-effectiveness' investigation was swept out of sight - the 'legislative implication' which made first National, then Labour duck for cover.

Successive governments have avoided the cannabis cost benefit analysis because it is obvious the money invested in 'enforcement' is totally counter productive. On the one hand supply is incentivised and on the other demand is amplified (forbidden fruit is sweetest). Anderton's relaunched policy fails to notice there are glaring anomalies in its 'balanced' implementation of 'supply reduction', 'demand reduction' and 'problem limitation', just as it fails to catalogue or quantify any harms relating to PROHIBITION.
Since the NDP was launched we have had a select committee inquiry highlighting the 'double standards' impediment to drug education (1998), legislation to 'remove the politics' from drug classification [MDA#4], a cannabis law review which carefully avoided reviewing the law (2000-2003) and introduction of the highly logical "class D" for drugs which really do not justify criminal prohibition. Class D, applauded by public health policy analysts in Great Britain is the obvious model for New Zealand's cannabis, alcohol and tobacco say the MildGreens.

However in today's NDP release no real reform has been advanced, instead the evidence base shows the 2002 and 2005 coalition support agreements with United Future have put reform totally off the agenda.

How much of the kiwi taxpayer's dollars are going into NDP's prohibition damage, and then milking the bad outcomes?

Officials on the EACD, IACD and MCDP need to look at the raison d'etre of the NDP and ask themselves why they are backing the counter-productive, invasive model of Prohibition, when legal regulation has a 31 year successful precedent (Netherlands).

It seems Helen Clark and her Government favour continued criminalisation policy because the ensuing black market dysfunction and alienation is great for the economic growth, providing thousands of jobs for middle NZ'ers in Justice, Corrections, Police, Social Work, health promotion, CYPS, bail/parole and psycho-social support industries.

"Cannabis Prohibition is so flawed, it was unsurprisingly described by Professor Fergusson at last nights Medical School lecture as inequitable inefficient ineffectual and discriminatory, that we can only conclude Government has a hidden agenda to promote and perpetuate drug uptake, misuse, and 'related crime'" say the MildGreens.

"We don't learn from our mistakes because we never ask if we've made a mistake", [Prof Fergusson, The Press, 14March, re Social Policy public meeting, Christchurch School of Medicine]

So much for Labour's evidence based 'social justice' aspirations…

see also 'Britians drug policy not fit for purpose' 8 March 2007 Daily Telegraph
- http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/03/08/ndrug108.xml
- http://www.aphru.ac.nz/projects/Drugs/cannabis.htm
- http://www.msd.govt.nz/documents/publications/msd/journal/issue10/spj10-cannabis-in-nz.doc

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Thursday, March 15, 2007

New Drug Policy launched - pressure kept on

pressure... bah humbug!

Launch of the National Drug Policy 2007 – 2012, Grand Hall, Parliament

http://www.beehive.govt.nz/speech/new+drug+policy+launched+-+pressure+kept

And all this is the result of a 'due process' found to be gravely wanting.
There were strong opinions within the EACD but the predominance of stake hold interests in status quo saw the health concerns and applied everything that has never been shown to work.

Some on the EACD seem to think, if you bang your head against the wall long enough it will stop hurting.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Combating the Spread of Illicit Drugs

Media Should Not Glamourize Illicit Drugs, UN Official Tells Commission

Drug use is too often associated in the media with celebrities rather than consequences, a senior United Nations official said today, calling for a greater press spotlight on the dangers of illicit drug consumption.

Addressing the opening session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna, Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) noted an "alarming" rise in some European countries where addiction levels are among the highest in the world, and spoke out against the false glamour associated with cocaine.

"Europe should learn that cocaine is an illicit drug not a status symbol and, if addicts in dark-alleys in New York, Delhi or Moscow are nothing more than 'junkies,' the same should be said about those pop stars and models whose shooting and sniffing habits have been celebrated by the press," he said.



(that news item gets worse as it goes on... but wait, there is more: See SCOOP Combating the Spread of Illicit Drugs / US State Department wades in the day before NZ National Drug Policy is due to be released - Pity that no one notices it celebrates 50 years of abject failure. This is laughable.)


Press Release: US State Department

Combating the Spread of Illicit Drugs
Thomas Schweich, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
Opening Statement of the Government of the United States of America Before the 50th UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs
Washington, DC
March 12, 2007
Thank you, Mr. Chairperson. As this is the first opportunity for my delegation to take the floor, I would like to congratulate you on behalf of the Government of the United States of America on your election as chairperson of this 50th UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND). We look forward to a valuable and productive meeting, working together under your able leadership. We also continue to look to the UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to play a critical role in leveraging international support for counternarcotics issues.
[. more .]

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C&C / UK Greens go beyond Kyoto

C.2 International Activity

CC210 The Green Party supports the ratification of the Kyoto Protocol; and will campaign for the non-use of its loopholes wherever possible. A GP Policy statement describes the KP and our views of it in more detail.
CC211 The Kyoto Protocol says nothing about the future beyond 2012. To address that timescale the Green Party advocates the adoption by the UNFCCC of a framework of Contraction and Convergence (C&C) as the key ingredient in the global political solution to the problem of Climate Change mitigation, and urges the UK and other governments use it as the basis for negotiations in the international fora.
CC212 C&C is a scheme to provide for a smooth and equitable transition to a safe level of global CO2 emissions from human activity. It can be adapted either to follow-on from a successful Kyoto Protocol, or can equally be used in case the KP is not brought into force by enough countries ratifying it. C&C is not an alternative to the KP; it is a long-term framework for global cooperation towards a genuine solution; while the KP is a short-term fix that takes only very limited steps forward. A GP policy statement describes C&C in more detail.
CC213 'Contraction', means adopting a scientifically determined safe target concentration level and setting global annual emissions levels which should take the atmosphere to that target. The UNFCCC should agree specific thresholds for unacceptable climate impacts, from which the IPCC should calculate the appropriate concentration level, to be reviewed at 5-yearly intervals.
CC214 'Convergence' means taking the world in an achievable way, both technically and politically, from the present situation to a common level of per-capita emissions in a target year. Under it nations are allocated annual quotas for emissions, which start from current or Kyoto-based levels in year 1 of the agreement and converge to equal per-capita allocations after a negotiated interval, probably of a few decades.
CC215 The C&C package is completed with an emissions-trading mechanism, which should include a percentage cap to limit the proportion of a country's reductions that can be bought rather than achieved domestically. Monitoring and enforcement mechanisms are also required and should be set up by the UNFCCC.
C.3 Emissions Reductions in the UK
CC230 The principles of C&C would also provide the basis for reductions in emissions within the UK, through the introduction of a system of tradable quotas. This system should cover all emissions of carbon dioxide produced by burning of fossil fuels in the UK. On introduction of the system the total carbon quota would be equivalent to current emission levels, but would reduce year-on-year to meet the targets set out in C.1. Carbon quota would be needed for all purchases of electricity (if not from a renewable source), air flights and direct purchase of fossil fuels including gas, coal, petrol, diesel and fuel oil. Consideration would be given to also including long distance train travel. A system for buying and selling quotas would be established.
CC231 A proportion of the total quota would be distributed free of charge to all eligible individuals in the UK, with all adults receiving an equal amount. The remaining quota would be sold to organisations (public, private and voluntary) by a system set up by the government.
CC232 In addition to the introduction of quotas there would be a major programme of investment in energy conservation, energy efficient appliances, public transport and renewable energy technology, so that people are able to live within their quotas. This investment would be achieved through a programme of public spending and through the revision of technical standards, such as building regulations and standards for energy efficiency of appliances. The details of these measures are set out elsewhere in the MfSS.


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Monday, March 12, 2007

Brits say no to ABC, NZ Herald pretends they didnt.

Demonizing Drugs not the root of the problem, its the demonising (othering) of drug users by what ever means possible.

see 'Demonising' drugs does more harm than good
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/topic/story.cfm?c_id=181&objectid=10427906&ref=rss

The Herald has participated in the obsfucation of what the British report really said and why its message may be very important for all New Zealanders.

The National Drug Policy (review) is about to be released. NZ has taken some progressive steps in accomodating 'herbals' with the "class D" initiative and may look to (if Czar on Drugs, Jim Anderton has anything to do with the policy) seeing herbals severely restricted if not banned all together.

However there is where it all falls apart. We, like the UK ascribed to the ABC classification in the vain hope ("so long as it was seen to be largely effective" - Blake Palmer Committee 1974 ) that criminalisation would eliminate the potential problems.

Originaly the Misuse of Drugs ACT [1975] was to be named the 'Drugs, Prevention of Misuse' Bill, a more apltly named strategy had it been adopted, we could have lead the world in compasionate and restorative drug policy... instead we inheritated the disaster that is America's solution... lock em up, and throw away the key.

Here is an excerpt from the Telegraph(UK)- it makes our NZ Expert Advisoy Committee on Drugs (EACD) look lame indeed, as it does our 'seperate the licit from illicit' national drug strategy. Lets hope next weeks (fingers crossed) NDP strategy is a realistic assesement of all that is wrong with our current pretense for a solution. Yeah Right!


Britain's drug policy 'not fit for purpose'

Britain's drug policy is "not fit for purpose" and is failing to cut addiction or drug-related crime, an influential study will conclude today.

Current policy is driven by "moral panic" and is ineffective, with huge amounts of money being wasted on "futile" attempts to get drugs off the streets.

The system, it says, is "crude, ineffective, riddled with anomalies and open to political manipulation", while existing drugs education is often "inconsistent, irrelevant, disorganised" and "delivered by people without adequate training".

Problems are so acute that the Home Office should lose its lead in dealing with drug treatment and enforcement, according to the panel of academics, drug workers and a senior police officer.

The RSA Commission report, which will seek to influence Government policy next year, will prove controversial in some of its findings.

It recommends the introduction of "shooting galleries," where heroin addicts can go to take drugs and receive supervision and help.

It also says that only the worst drug offenders be jailed and that drug misuse should be treated as a social problem rather than a crime.

Among its other recommendations are that the focus of drug education should switch from secondary schools to primary schools in order to better stop children falling into substance misuse.

The focus of enforcement and treatment should also shift - away from illegal drugs - many of which are often "harmless" - and towards alcohol and tobacco - which are the most damaging drugs of all.

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Friday, March 09, 2007

Pursuing Social Justice - MAXIM (my emphasis)

Maxim Institute Forum 2007 – Pursuing Social Justice in New Zealand

On Friday 30 March, many of New Zealand's leaders—from the community to business and academia to politics—will gather in Auckland for the Maxim Institute Forum 2007 - Pursuing Social Justice in New Zealand.

Delegates will hear from a top line-up of keynote speakers including leading social scientist, Professor David Fergusson; Principal Youth Court Judge, Andrew Becroft ; Professor Peter Saunders from the Centre for Independent Studies in Australia; and Families Commissioner, Lyn Campbell. A panel of MPs will debate how government can respond to the challenge of reinvigorating civil society in New Zealand, and at 6pm, His Excellency Anand Satyanand, the Governor-General of New Zealand will officially launch a new book from Maxim Institute entitled: Pursuing Social Justice in New Zealand: 14 New Zealanders share their stories of communities helping people in ways government cannot .

The Forum is an invitation only event. To enquire about receiving an invitation please contact Maxim Institute today. Registrations close on Tuesday 20 March and places are limited.



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Sunday, March 04, 2007

Stanford Law Review, 1971, Kaplan on Cannabis

Marijuana - the New Prohibition, by John Kaplan

Stanford Law Review, 1970



Reviewed by Theodore J. Schneyer.

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Turf wars, gangs, drugs and.... doh!



Auckland on Drugs and just about everything else...The community is waxing lyrical about the horrors of city crime in Turf war raging between rival gangs, "The matter is of a highly serious nature. They’re turf wars and it’s not just over drugs. The conflicts are producing some serious injuries,” says Det Sen Sgt Pizzini, as reported in Howick and Botany Times, but in the same edition we read all about young folk taking 'something' in full view of the public in Drug use at a shopping mall near you. Refreshingly the Howick Pakuranga Times hints that it is not the low self esteem crowd, who lack money who are doing the drugs - its "acknowledged that the more money people have, the more illicit drugs or legal highs they can buy and take." In fact it goes onto say its 'unabashed and blatent', infiltrating all sectors of society.

Well that's a fact, with kiwi tokers of cannabis 52% of surveyed adults, there is no news there. However here comes the disconnect. Same paper. Same page (online)


Set this against the tableux of events, police gang rape of 16yr old, subsequent trials (and aquitals) of police commisioner in waiting Rickards and an advertising push by Police showing dutiful policeman dragging away bundles of cannabis and a picture starts to emerge.

A picture that is neither healthy nor sustainable.Its not that we havent done the work to find out why, how or whom....The National Party lead Health Select Commitee in 1998 identified' certain specific laws that are creating impediments to effective health promotion, and that these laws are also creating disrepect for rule of law, on both sides of the 'war' on drugs. It was the inquiry into cannabis and mental health. And until we realise that here is the nexus that undermines the parent's relationship with our kids we are destined to wax lyrical within our community while maintaining an inconvenient truth.


Systemic and Chronic failure to do the simple stuff, like complete 'a cost benefit analysis' would be a good start. its not that it hasnt been mooted. It was a foundation of the National Drug Policy until it got corrupted by the ALCOHOL lobby, seperating legal from illegal drugs [licit status] rather than on the harm they do.

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Friday, March 02, 2007

Police 'to get tough on cannabis'

Yesterday a senior US drugs czar urged Scotish police to get tough on cannabis.

White House official Scott Burns said the authorities here are too "respectful and gentle" when dealing with the drug. And he urged Scotland to follow America's lead [not exactly a resounding success] in warning children as young as 11 of the dangers of the increasingly potent new forms of cannabis.

Laughable.... no risk of respectful and gentle here either apparently.

Down South/MidCanterbury Canterbury they use helicopters to find cannabis in your backyard

  • Working hard to put the main players in cannabis cultivation in Mid and South Canterbury behind bars appears to be paying off for the police.
  • Sergeant Mike Miron said in recent years, police had been targeting the major growers on the cannabis scene and many had now been put away, with one person tried last year receiving eight years in jail.
  • Mr Miron also questioned whether party pills had also taken over where cannabis had left off.
- presumably so that midcanterbury hemp can be cultivated 'legally' as long as it is nil by mouth.
  • Hemp touted as a healthy food Hemp growers want the Government to overturn food standards that are preventing them from establishing a food-product industry in Canterbury.
An unaccountable mess.

Can't have any one eat the sacred seed!

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MESG: Peace and Justice 4 Iraq


COMMEMORATION OF THE 4th ANNIVERSARY OF THE INVASION OF IRAQ

PEACE AND JUSTICE In the MIDDLE EAST

CATHEDRAL SQUARE

SATURDAY 17th of MARCH 12 Noon


Come with a group and bring their banner
Or write your individual message on a placard
Sign a letter to the Labour Government which will call for the super fund to be disinvested from war profiteering corporations like Halliburton
Enjoy some singing and a few short speeches

Organized by Peace Action Network Otautahi (pannz) ph Heather 9812825
Supported by MESG (Middle East Solidarity Group)


Elevated concerns regarding US intentions in Iran (and elsewhere) is supported by the writer's faith in the good work of peace activists like Larry Ross (MESG) and journalists like Seymour Hersch.


USA interests in the region are not just limited to Oil, consider, record high cultivation of opium poppy in Afghanistan, Iran's emergence as the world's No. 1 abuser of opiates, the drug/terrorism nexus and the UN's complete failure on a global scale to mediate drug harms -role of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB).


Latest missive published in News-Medical.Net from the UN/WHO makes for sobering reading as to where the real drug addiction lies.


"Drugs and terrorism are linked and are set to become more so," Mo Mowlam concluded. "Legalization of drugs would stop this connection: It would begin to solve problems caused by drugs today and would isolate the terrorists." - Former British Drug Czar and Irish Peace broker Mo Mowlam Calls for Total Global Legalization, Cites Need to Quit Funding Political Violence 9/27/02


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Grow hemp instead of thirsty cotton and rice

Grow hemp instead of thirsty cotton and rice, says union chief
Selina Mitchell
March 01, 2007

UNION leader and Labor recruit Bill Shorten called yesterday for cotton and rice growers to be forced out of business and their water-intensive crops replaced by less thirsty options such as hemp. (see link)

Water concerns on the Canterbury Plains anyone?

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Aussie's call for internet drug fight

POLITICIANS want police and the Australian Crime Commission to have extra powers to scour the internet and hunt the manufacturers and suppliers of synthetic drugs such as ice and ecstasy.

Authorities should be allowed to spy in web chatrooms and track down "cookbooks" that guide criminals and their technicians in the manufacture of the drugs, a parliamentary committee report said yesterday.

Other types of investigations, such as into tax evasion or money-laundering, should be encouraged in a bid to catch those businesses that operate with legitimate operations.

The joint standing committee on the Australian Crime Commission, which investigated amphetamines and other synthetic drugs warned that organised crime was increasing its involvement in the insidious trade and a bolstered and co-ordinated national response was needed.

Investigators needed extra money from commonwealth, state and territory governments to specifically tackle law enforcement as well as education and research, the report says.

Sound familair?

The use of ice was escalating, with it becoming the drug of choice among young people who did not believe it carried the social stigma of heroin.

Australia recently released a report saying how effective it was in scaring young people away from 'dirty' cannabis, even admitting the 'fallacy' of the fears that created. And i said, no wonder they have a meth problem! Same shite rules, same shite outcome.

NZ is largely absent the heroin, being as we are off the drug trade routes, we don't get the market spillage. Our heroin is largely homebake, converted from morphine sulphate, ex-legal prescription sources. We were meth potentiated!.

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