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, May 10, 2008

On the Crime and Punishment Wagon

The agenda from the Nicky 'Wagon'er Cut Crime in Christchurch meeting was clearly about alcohol & related mayhem, cannabis wasn't even mentioned by ANY of the presenters at the table.

There was a clear agenda that ANYONE considered pissed would be spending the night with Mr Cliff & Friends (except if your a young girl out to lunch and you get a free ride home), yes, the "NY" broken windows was force du jour with the underlying tenet of zero tolerance of all crimeincluding riding your bike without a helmet - but there was no connect with broken windows being about 'environment' aesthetics (the O'Connell Hippothesis - a big idea with teeth but wallowing in some muddled politics).

Then... out comes the statement from the Police after the meeting that elevated intolerance towards cannabis was permissible even desirable due to the gang/money connection.

"Alcohol would be a focus, as would cannabis because it was still the key income generator for organised crime, he said." [PRESS.CO.NZ]

Now with the 'right' (to which they may not be entitled - Minister of Health 1975) to stop anyone anytime - in a car or not, in the back seat or not etc. we can realistically expect the same outcome as NY. This is done under the aegis of local government "liquor free zone" bylaw enforcment. But we are told its a central govt. issue. Direct your objections there...

New York - New York City has been the pot-bust capital of the world for a decade, since Rudolph Giuliani's decision to make public toking a top police priority. A new study sponsored by the New York Civil Liberties Union says the city's cannabis crackdown is both racist and fraudulent.
"we will tame New York by bringing the black and brown people under control" and "no offense is too petty." Of the people arrested for misdemeanor pot possession from 1997 through 2006, five out of six were black or Latino, in a city that is almost half white and Asian. Nine out of ten were male, and most were aged 16 to 25.
the policy a waste of money - at an estimated $1,500 to $2,500 per arrest, it cost the city $60 to $100 million last year, at a time when Mayor Michael Bloomberg is slashing the city budget and closing libraries on weekends. (cf: Parker raising rents 25%, Moore closing Libaries and Pools)

the marijuana-arrest program works to "familiarize, socialize, and prepare disadvantaged black and Latino teenagers and young adults from poor neighborhoods for the routines and expectations of the police, court, jail, and prison system."
New York's cannabis crackdown is both racist and fraudulent - and that more have been arrested under "You bet I did - and I enjoyed it" Bloomberg than intolerant Giuliani.

There is a parallel. I have absolutely no doubt Media Mayor Bob Parker enjoyed inhaling it as well. He was rankled as all hell at any suggestion he achieved high office on the back of the 'inner city, bar on every corner, brown fields development' alcohol ticket. (cf property developer David Henderson's $60,000+ campaign contribution with 'no strings!' Yeah Right!)

Yes, Mr Parker, the message is loud and clear, and you need to hear it from us. "You may as well have got your 'golden chains' money off Al Capone himself."

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