(*including those who don't smoke pot, after all, it is politicians who would declare that it is the 'law' that prevents them from so doing, otherwise cannabis would be tantamount to compulsory. Yet the herb couldn't be more popular if it were made so, or more culturally imbued in art, music, theatre, television and movies... )
- don't laugh, 1999 saw Jenny Shipley die in the polls after failing to tell the truth when questioned alongside Jeanette Fitzsimmons by Paul Holmes - Check the Waikato University analysis. Nationals wheels fell off - Nov 16, 'not over my dead body' Shipley denied due process and the recommendations of the National lead "Brian Nesson" Health Select Committee - 'to review the law' - for political expediency. She could have Jenny and Bill,
and the drugs we drink!looked to her own kids for some advice... they had more experience 'in this matter' than she may have cared to acknowledge parentally or politically.
Youth have had ten more years of double standards (and repeated coalition agreements) to be aggrieved but not one politician has been asking why...... tens of thousands of arrests every year... unpublished 'tough on non-crime hypocrisy!'
How come its not OK to 'correct your own kids' but the state can abuse them arbitrarily with incarceration and cuff-links for a non-crime?
This is one law that is racist, ageist and sexist in its application... and young people are rightly 'turned off' by this white privilege shite.
It is time for some social ecology driven 'protect our youth' drug law reform, it is the stuff of social capital.