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

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

World Class, Class D?

Behind the mask of Chatham House Rules at the historical "Beyond 2008 / International UN drug policy forum" in Wellington this week - the Mild Green Initiative “restricted with controlled availability” Class D received first in the world recognition.

The MildGreen Initiative was described variously along with NEPS and Diversion as as an "major landmark" in New Zealand's leadership in drug control strategies to visiting experts, local MP's, customs, law and health officials, policy makers and NGO's. !

With 'the whole world is watching' overtones and our having to reconcile BZP already in "D" classification - these are surely, interesting times. NZ is having a say in international drug policy!

It will be curious as to how drug czar Jim Anderton (with a 't') interprets his "Good Friday" D-classified Mild Green initiative.

Anderton re-invented Harm Reduction to mean Criminal Sanctions under the aegis of the Expert Advisory Committee on Drugs (EACD) but he wasn't the first to use and promote deviancy amplifying policy. We imported 'lies predicated on bigger lies' when we sidled up to USA led UN classifications, mandates, conventions and covenants based on a 'some drugs are evil and all use is misuse' criminal controls and retributive messages paradigm. Thankfully Beyond 2008 heralds the 'right procedural path' to take. New Zealand may yet be the first in the world to do an unfettered and transparent 'green fields' rethink of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 and interpretation of the UN conventions. And that can only be a good thing.

See Jim, Wrong Control, Wrong Message. The world is saying stay with the D-classification theme Jim! We'll work it out from there while we put the feet in the fire of those who refuse to test the efficacy of prohibition. Beyond 2008 will serve to oxygenate the drug policy debate this election. BTW: How do you like the silken feel of 'sustainable' hemp, Jim? It is a pity you see fit to ban Blair too. (private correspondence, 'threatening' sanction if I as much as talk to his staff. "Your Dangerous!" public meeting, Nandor debate.)

see Give New Zealand a say in global drug policy

Anderton hopes for BZP ban by Christmas

Blair Anderson with an 's'

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  • At 5:26 pm, February 20, 2008, Blogger, CHCH 2007 said…


    Popular herbal party pills may warrant a new
    classification under the Misuse of Drugs Act. Associate
    Health Minister Jim Anderton has reported back on
    investigations into the dangers of the pills known as
    BZP. Mr Anderton says there is insufficient evidence to
    classify them under the Act. But he has asked the Health
    Ministry to look into a new classification. He says the
    drugs require some kind of controls because when mixed
    with alcohol or medicines, they are potentially
    dangerous. Mr Anderton says a new classification may be
    attached to the Misuse of Drugs Amendment Bill.

    Good Friday, April 2004

  • At 5:41 pm, February 20, 2008, Blogger, CHCH 2007 said…

    - Direct the Ministry of Health to examine options for new categories of classification that could include increased levels of control and regulation of legal chemicals such as BZP, for example, an 18 plus age limit. (from one of Anderton's Policy papers/Blair)


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