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

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Cannabis a Political Football

"The problem is that education costs money, switching the classification doesn't." - Professor Robin Murray

Drugs policy has become a 'political football', threatening public confidence in politicians, a former government adviser on drugs warned today.
(and for New Zealand, damn important that the Law Commission revue of Drugs be unfettered, Open Strategies (tm) are required../Blair)

Roger Howard, chief executive of the independent UK Drugs Policy Commission, is calling for a major overhaul of drug classifications that could see ecstasy downgraded. He said it was time to take decisions about how illegal substances were classified out of the hands of ministers and base them on science, rather than political and public opinion.

The former Home Secretary Charles Clarke is understood to support such a shake-up, while Professor Sir Michael Rawlins - outgoing chair of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, the Home Office's advisory body - is also said to be concerned about the way political and media pressure has clouded the debate over cannabis.

Rawlins will deliver a report to ministers tomorrow, which is expected to defy Gordon Brown by dismissing the Prime Minister's calls to reclassify cannabis as a Class B drug with tougher penalties. It is the third time in five years the advisory council has been asked to review cannabis and the third time it has concluded that the risk to mental health is unproven.

The Home Office said the cannabis review, and the government's response, would not be released until after Thursday's local elections.

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The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) will set itself on a collision course with the Government tomorrow when it seeks to persuade the Home Secretary that cannabis should remain at its current status as a class C drug.
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Pressure on the Prime Minister to take decisive action and override the wishes of the ACMD is growing. Professor Robin Murray, one of Britain's top experts on schizophrenia and cannabis, will warn MPs of what he says are the real dangers of the drug at a meeting tomorrow of the All Party Parliamentary Committee on Cannabis and Children. "Education is much more important than classification," he said. "The problem is that education costs money, switching the classification doesn't."

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Cannabis so strong V8 driver stoned for two years.

Re: Motorsport: NZ Race Driver Banned After Positive Drug Test

The V8 driver was tested for the presence of metabolites of cannabis. The metabolites are the left overs, the residual chemical structure from the active ingredient. They are not proof of impairment rather the opposite, their existence shows that what ever THC (and any impairment associated with the unfamiliarity with the THC experience) has been used up, its gone, no longer active however they are proof, even at nanogram quantities that cannabinoids have been in this driver system.

Personally, I would rather work, recreate and take risks (and have done so many times) with someone who can make a rational choice to consume cannabis in a responsible manner than someone for whom other drugs, many of them legal, can have confounding effects.

The former UK top cop, Det. Chief Super, Eddie Ellison described cannabis testing of drivers as the logical equivalent of licking the exhaust pipe to see if the car exceeded the speed limit last week.

That every driver on the circuit is pumping with adrenalin, dopamine, testosterone and more is clear to me. Whereas alcohol impairment is not just limited to cognitive impairment post use, it can debilitate a drivers capacity to sustain high levels of these natural drugs hours and days after binge drinking.

Cannabis [in this case] is being hung out to dry while alcohol and prescribed drugs escape attention.

Notably, the winners podium will be awash with fermented liquors, the venue replete with the obligatory 'drink more beer' hordings, the chardonay set swimming in corporate liquid refreshments and, going by the glass in the waste bins, spectators similarly fueled.High powered double standards... (that evidentialy sets up every one for failure...)


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Motorsport: NZ Race Driver Banned After Positive Drug Test
A New
Zealand V8 racecar driver has been banned after returning a positive drug test for a banned recreational drug. Dale Lambert tested positive for cannabis at the Manfeild round of the NZV8s in February 2007. Drug Free Sport New Zealand officials arrived at the circuit for the first-ever drug screening episode of the sport without prior notice and selected three Toyota Racing Series drivers and four NZV8 drivers."Our members are subject to WADA's list of banned substances and it's the first time the agency has turned up at a circuit," said MSNZ general manager Ross Armstrong. "It's disappointing that we've had a positive urine test first time up but it reinforces to competitors that drugs will not be tolerated in the sport." Unlike alcohol and other recreational drugs that leave the human system relatively quickly, cannabis can be found in tests up to 23 days later. Testing for alcohol at meetings has been put in place and any driver found with any trace will immediately be stood down. The anti-doping authorities are also concerned about the use of m###########ine or P.

After testing positive for cannabis, Lambert was advised of the result and the matter
was referred to MotorSport NZ for adjudication. Lambert did not appear at the meeting but sent a letter admitting taking the cannabis, albeit some considerable time prior to the test. The tribunal ruled the allegation was proved and Lambert was excluded from the New Zealand V8 championships for 2007-08 and his competition licence suspended until May 2010.For a sport where the slightest miscalculation or lack of concentration can put a driver in the wall, motor racing has been a little slow over the years in introducing mandatory random drug testing. Formula 1 has a random-testing system in place where at any meeting drivers can be tested.

Nascar also has a system but tests only on reasonable suspicion.Other forms of
the sport have various testing processes in place, but there are calls for more
more stringent procedures.

Source: The New Zealand HeraldCopyright: 2008, The New Zealand HeraldContact: Eric ThompsonWebsite: Motorsport: NZ race driver banned after positive drug test - 28 Apr 2008 - Motoring including motorsport, A1GP, news, reviews and comment - New Zealand Herald




Blair Anderson
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Saturday, April 26, 2008

Dunedin Overgrown By Cannabis Truth


The long-smouldering debate over cannabis law reform will be reignited when Dunedin activists host a series of public events designed to inform and educate the community about the cannabis plant. The Otago University branch of the National Organisation for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), with support from the Otago University Students' Association (OUSA), is preparing to kick off Cannabis Awareness Week on the Otago University Campus in Dunedin.

Cannabis sativa, while being one of mankind's longest cultivated crops, has only in recent times become a source of great controversy. Sadly, this controversy is generally framed in divisive rhetoric based on unexamined premises, and is rarely thoroughly discussed.

Cannabis Awareness Week kicks off with the arrival of Mary Jane the CannaBus in Dunedin, the final destination NORML New Zealand's six-week tour of the country, raising awareness and encouraging law reform in this election year 2008. From Monday to Friday, NORML will present daily workshops on the University Union Lawn at noon, open lectures in St David's Lecture Theatre every evening at 7.00pm, and late night classics from the stoner movie canon at 9.00pm in Mojo's Hall to finish off.

In the Archway 4 lecture theatre on Tuesday April 29, University of Otago PhD candidate Geoff Noller will present the results of his thesis Cannabis In New Zealand: Perceptions of Use, Users and Policy.

The feature event, on Thursday May 1st, will see high-profile speakers from across the spectrum participate in a round-table discussion on current laws surrounding cannabis and alcohol, in light of the relative harms posed by the two substances. Speakers include the Hon. Jim Anderton (Progressive MP and Associate Minister of Health), Nandor Tanczos (Green MP) and Pauline Gardiner (former National/United MP and Founder of WellTrust). (see http://otagonorml.com/node/10 for full details/Blair)

This week of education and information concludes with the Dunedin contribution to the Worldwide Marijuana March (J Day), the biggest global day of action in the marijuana law reform movement. Activists will protest prohibition in style with bands and DJs playing from High Noon to 4.20pm in the Octagon. Past J Days in Dunedin have seen activists take over the Dunedin Police Station and smoke cannabis in the main foyer.


Source: Scoop
Copyright: 2008, NORML
Contact: NORML
Website: Scoop: Dunedin Overgrown By Cannabis Truth


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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Jack Herer's Act of Health and Safety

California Cannabis Hemp & Health Initiative 2008

AN ACT TO AMEND THE HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE OF CALIFORNIA:
PROPOSED WORDING 12/15/2007:


I. Add Section 11362.6 to the Health and Safety Code of California, any laws or policies to the contrary notwithstanding:

1. No person, individual, or corporate entity shall be arrested or prosecuted, be denied any right or privilege, nor be subject to any criminal or civil penalties for the possession, cultivation, transportation, distribution, or consumption of cannabis hemp marijuana, including:

(a) Cannabis hemp industrial products.
(b) Cannabis hemp medicinal preparations.
(c) Cannabis hemp nutritional products.
(c) Cannabis hemp religious and spiritual products.
(d) Cannabis hemp recreational and euphoric use and products.

2. Definition of terms:

  • (a) The terms "cannabis hemp" and "cannabis hemp marijuana" mean the natural, non-genetically modified plant hemp, cannabis, marihuana, marijuana, cannabis sativa L, cannabis Americana, cannabis chinensis, cannabis indica, cannabis ruderalis, cannabis sativa, or any variety of cannabis, including any derivative, concentrate, extract, flower, leaf, particle, preparation, resin, root, salt, seed, stalk, stem, or any product thereof.
  • (b) The term "cannabis hemp industrial products" means all products made from cannabis hemp that are not designed or intended for human consumption, including, but not limited to: clothing, building materials, paper, fiber, fuel, lubricants, plastics, paint, seed for cultivation, animal feed, veterinary medicine, oil, or any other product that is not designed for internal human consumption; as well as cannabis hemp plants used for crop rotation, erosion control, pest control, weed control, or any other horticultural or environmental purposes, for example, the reversal of the Greenhouse Effect and toxic soil reclamation.
  • (c) The term "cannabis hemp medicinal preparations" means all products made from cannabis hemp that are designed, intended, or used for human consumption for the treatment of any human disease or condition, for pain relief, or for any healing purpose, including but not limited to the treatment or relief of: Alzheimer's and pre-Alzheimer's disease, stroke, arthritis, asthma, cramps, epilepsy, glaucoma, migraine, multiple sclerosis, nausea, premenstrual syndrome, side effects of cancer chemotherapy, fibromyalgia, sickle cell anemia, spasticity, spinal injury, stress, easement of post-traumatic stress disorder, Tourette syndrome, attention deficit disorder, immunodeficiency, wasting syndrome from AIDS or anorexia; use as an antibiotic, antibacterial, anti-viral, or anti-emetic; as a healing agent, or as an adjunct to any medical or herbal treatment. Mental conditions not limited to bipolar, depression, attention deficit disorder, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, shall be conditions considered for medical use.
  • (d) The term "cannabis hemp nutritional products" means cannabis hemp for consumption by humans and animals as food, including but not limited to: seed, seed protein, seed oil, essential fatty acids, seed cake, dietary fiber, or any preparation or extract thereof.
  • (e) The term "cannabis hemp euphoric products" means cannabis hemp intended for personal recreational or religious use, other than cannabis hemp industrial products, cannabis hemp medicinalpreparations, or cannabis hemp nutritional products.
  • (f) The term "personal use" means the internal consumption of cannabis hemp by people 21 years of age or older for any relaxational, meditative, religious, spiritual, recreational, or other purpose other than sale.
  • (g) The term "commercial production" means the production of cannabis hemp products for sale or profit under the conditions of these provisions.

3. Industrial cannabis hemp farmers, manufacturers, processors, and distributors shall not be subject to any special zoning requirement, licensing fee, or tax that is excessive, discriminatory, or prohibitive.

4. Cannabis hemp medicinal preparations are hereby restored to the list of available medicines in California. Licensed physicians shall not be penalized for, nor restricted from, prescribing or recommendingcannabis hemp for medical purposes to any patient, regardless of age. No tax shall be applied to prescribed cannabis hemp medicinal preparations. Medical research shall be encouraged. No recommendingphysician shall be subject to any professional licensing review or hearing as a result of recommending or approving medical use of cannabis hemp marijuana.

5. Personal use of cannabis hemp euphoric products.

  • (a) No permit, license, or tax shall be required for the non-commercial cultivation, transportation, distribution, or consumption of cannabis hemp.
  • (b) Testing for inactive and/or inert residual cannabis metabolites shall not be required for employment or insurance, nor be considered in determining employment, other impairment, or intoxication.
  • (c) When a person falls within the conditions of these exceptions, the offense laws do not apply and only the exception laws apply.


6. Use of cannabis hemp products for religious or spiritual purposes shall be considered an inalienable right; and shall be protected by the full force of the State and Federal Constitutions.

7. Commerce in cannabis hemp euphoric products shall be limited to adults, 21 years of age and older, and shall be regulated in a manner analogous to California's wine industry model. For the purpose ofdistinguishing personal from commercial production, 99 flowering female plants and 12 pounds of dried, cured cannabis hemp flowers, bud, not leaf, produced per adult, 21 years of age and older, per year shall be considered as being for personal use.

8. The manufacture, marketing, distribution, or sales between adults of equipment or accessories designed to assist in the planting, cultivation, harvesting, curing, processing, packaging, storage, analysis, consumption, or transportation of cannabis hemp plants, industrial cannabis hemp products, cannabis hemp medicinal preparations, cannabis hemp nutritional products, cannabis hemp euphoric products, or any cannabis hemp product shall not be prohibited. (the right to possess is a barren right without the right to the planting, cultivation, harvesting, curing, processing, packaging, storage, analysis, consumption, or transportation of cannabis. /Blair)

9. No California law enforcement personnel or funds shall be used to assist or aid and abet in the enforcement of Federal cannabis hemp marijuana laws involving acts which are hereby no longer illegal inthe State of California.10. Any person who threatens the enjoyment of these provisions is guilty of a misdemeanor. The maximum penalties and fines of a misdemeanor may be imposed.

II. Repeal, delete, and expunge any and all existing statutory laws that conflict with the provisions of this initiative.

1. Enactment of this initiative shall include: amnesty, immediate release from prison, jail, parole, and probation, and clearing, expungement, and deletion of all criminal records for all persons currently charged with, or convicted of any non-violent cannabis hemp marijuana offenses included in this initiative which are hereby no longer illegal in the State of California. People who fall within this category that triggered an original sentence are included within this provision.

2. Within 60 days of the passage of this Act, the Attorney General shall develop and distribute a one-page application, providing for the destruction of all cannabis hemp marijuana criminal records in California for any such offense covered by this Act. Such forms shall be distributed to district and city attorneys and made available at all police departments in the State to persons hereby affected. Uponfiling such form with any Superior Court and a payment of a fee of $10.00, the Court shall liberally construe these provisions to benefit the defendant in furtherance of the amnesty and dismissal provision ofthis section. Upon the Court's ruling under this provision the arrest record shall be set aside and be destroyed. Such persons may then truthfully state that they have never been arrested or convicted ofany cannabis hemp marijuana related offense which is hereby no longer illegal in the State of California. This shall be deemed to be a finding of factual innocence under California Penal Code Section 851.8et seq.III. The legislature is authorized upon thorough investigation, to enact legislation using reasonable standards to:

1. License concessionary establishments to distribute cannabis hemp euphoric products in a manner analogous to California's wine industry model. Sufficient community outlets shall be licensed to providereasonable commercial access to persons of legal age, so as to discourage and prevent the misuse of, and illicit traffic in, such products. Any license or permit fee required by the State for commercial production, distribution or use shall not exceed $1,000.00.

2. Place an excise tax on commercial sale of cannabis hemp euphoric products, analogous to California's wine industry model, so long as no excise tax or combination of excise taxes shall exceed $10.00 per ounce.

3. Determine an acceptable and uniform standard of impairment based on performance testing, to restrict persons impaired by cannabis hemp euphoric products from operating a motor vehicle or heavy machinery, or otherwise engaging in conduct that may affect public safety.

4. Regulate the personal use of cannabis hemp euphoric products in enclosed and/or restricted public places.


IV. Pursuant to the Ninth and Tenth Amendments to the Constitution of the United States, the people of California hereby repudiate and challenge Federal cannabis hemp marijuana prohibitions that conflict with this act.

V. Severability: If any provision of this Act, or the application of any such provision to any person or circumstance, shall be held invalid by any court, the remainder of this Act, to the extent it can be given effect, or the application of such provisions to persons or circumstances other than those as to which it is held invalid, shall not be affected thereby, and to this end the provisions of this Act are severable.

VI. Construction: If any rival or conflicting initiative regulating any matter addressed by this act receives the higher affirmative vote, then all non-conflicting parts shall become operative.

VII. Purpose of Act: This Act is an exercise of the police powers of the State for the protection of the safety, welfare, health, and peace of the people and the environment of the State, to protect the industrial and medicinal uses of cannabis hemp, to eliminate the unlicensed and unlawful cultivation, selling, and dispensing of cannabis hemp; and to encourage temperance in the consumption of cannabis hemp euphoric products. It is hereby declared that the subject matter of this Act involves, in the highest degree, the ecological, economic, social, and moral well-being and safety of the State and of all its people. All provisions of this Act shall be liberally construed for the accomplishment of these purposes: to respect human rights, to promote tolerance, and to end cannabis hemp prohibition.

Jack Herer
Eddy Lepp
George Clayton Johnson
Phyllis Vonderscher
Ronnie Lee Smith
Charles Turley
Michael S. Jolson
Seeva Marie Cherms

I'm expecting it to be on this November vote and I'm sure it will pass.

PLU (Peace - Love - Unity)
Tom - The Psychedelic Pope Saint Isadore Patron Saint of the Internet

key words: public health, community safety, legislative framework, medicinal, nutritional, religious, spiritual, recreational, euphoric, Alzheimer's, pre-Alzheimer's disease, stroke, arthritis, asthma, cramps, epilepsy, glaucoma, migraine, multiple sclerosis, nausea, premenstrual syndrome, side effects of cancer chemotherapy, fibromyalgia, sickle cell anemia, spasticity, spinal injury, stress, post-traumatic stress disorder, Tourette syndrome, attention deficit disorder, immunodeficiency, wasting syndrome, AIDS, anorexia, antibiotic, antibacterial, anti-viral, anti-emetic

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Monday, April 21, 2008

Misuse of Drugs Act Review - terms of reference

Misuse of Drugs Act Review

Terms of Reference (hot link to LawCOM site)

The Commission will review the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 and make proposals for a new legislative regime consistent with New Zealand's international obligations concerning illegal and other drugs. The issues to be considered by the Commission will include:

  • (a) Whether the legislative regime should reflect the principle of harm minimisation underpinning the National Drug Policy;
  • (b) What is the most suitable model or models for the control of drugs;
  • (c) Which substances the statutory regime should cover;
  • (d) How should new psychoactive substances be treated;
  • (e) Whether drugs should continue to be subject to the current classification system or should be categorised by some alternative process or mechanism;
  • (f) If a classification system for categorising drugs is retained, is the current placement of substances appropriate;
  • (g) The appropriate offence and penalty structure;
  • (h) Whether the existing statutory dealing presumption should continue to apply in light of the Supreme Court's decision in the Hansen case;
  • (i) Whether the enforcement powers proposed by the Commission in its report on Search and Surveillance Powers are adequate to investigate drug offences;
  • (j) What legislative framework provides the most suitable structure to reflect the linkages between drugs and other similar substances;
  • (k) Which agency or agencies should be responsible for the administration of the legislative regime.

It is not intended that the Commission will make recommendations with respect to the regulation of alcohol or tobacco in undertaking this review.

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420 comes, goes, and then its May Day

13th MayDay-JayDay

Christchurch
Cathedral Square, high noon....
Latimer Square, afternoon until 4:20

bring your buddies!

Blair Anderson
http://mildgreens.blogspot.com

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Signs that your child may be experimenting with drugs

You are a concerned parent, or perhaps you are a friend. You might be part of the family or you may even just have the same job, but you are concerned. You are concerned that this someone you know might be involved with drug use.

Be it Marijuana, Mushrooms, Acid, Ecstasy, or even Catnip, there are a few simple signs you can be conscious of that would easily rule out all doubt and allow you to proceed with some form of corrective action.

Creativity - Your child doesn't quite seem as dull as he was before. You may notice this through sketches on paper or even through the mass reorganization of his or her bedroom, resulting in an aesthetically pleasing layout that contains both symbolism and references to spiritual contemplation. Drugs cause the mind to expand beyond its preconceived notions of normality and things tend to become a bit colorful, if you will.
 
Music - Your Beyonce diva daughter or Linkin Park lovin' son has discovered techno, reggae, and some of the music you listened to when you were cool, too. If there is a tribal beat thumping on the other side of that door, your child is on drugs.

Attitude - Your spoiled brat has taken on a more mellow outlook on life, what happened? Marijuana may be the culprit, but with all the soul searching offered by various recreational and spiritual drugs there really is no telling exactly why your kid just doesn't argue with you anymore.

Love - Johnny never gave a rat's ass about the world around him when he followed your example, but his discovery of the grass taught him to appreciate nature and the beauty of simplicity. A mental outlook such as Johnny's could theoretically lead to a more natural interaction between humans and the environment as well as less dependence on things that should stay under the ground. His optimistic view should be extinguished as quickly as possible.

If you think you have noticed any of the following signs, it is recommended that you search through your child's belongings to confirm your suspicions before following through with an exaggerated form of punishment.
 
(hat tip to LEAP forum member Jway)
 
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Sunday, April 13, 2008

Parliament cops a taste of dope


The 50-strong group started drifting into Parliament Grounds from 3pm yesterday and lit up their joints for one smoky hour from 4.20pm, watched by police and parliamentary security.
Among them was National Organisation for the Reform of Marijuana Laws spokesman Danyl Strype, who said: "The police and the security people have been very approachable. We are being allowed to smoke, I guess, because of the political nature of our action."

see STUFF


The Dominion reports' heading is in my honest opinion deliberately perjorative. This term of parliament prohibits any political discussion surrounding cannabis. We know where the dopes can be found. Dopey Editors who dumb the argument down by failing to link crime, security and community well being as noble goals of the cannabis law reform movement.
Although there must be many countries for whom such freedom to not only protest but to brazenly break the law in rightious defiance and not be villified by legal (read criminal) sanction.
Politicians fear that any statement on policy that is a radical departure from convention will be seized upon by their opponents in the media and other parties. This is the only explanation for the paralysis of drugs policy in the UK (and NZ/Blair).

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Friday, April 11, 2008

Suckers for the Phony War On Drugs

LTE: THE PHONY WAR ON DRUGS

I'm writing about Ralph Givens' thoughtful letter ( "End drug prohibition," April 8 ):

The so-called war on drugs is a huge industry and huge bureaucracy. Victory in the drug war is not possible, nor is it the goal. Victory in the drug war would mean that the drug war industry and bureaucracy are out of business.

There are basically two types of people who support the so-called war on drugs:

Those who make their livelihood from it. This includes politicians and bureaucrats who are probably on the payroll of the drug cartels. ( Al Capone had hundreds of politicians and prohibition officials on his payroll. )

Suckers - taxpayers who have bought into the lies and propaganda of the drug-war industry and bureaucracy.

Suckers - who are willing to sacrifice their own liberty and freedom because they don't like what others do to themselves.

Suckers - who believe that criminalizing a substance will make it go away.

Suckers - who think that drug prohibition somehow protects children.

Suckers - who think that giving criminals control of dangerous drugs somehow protects children and our society.

Suckers - who think that they live in a free country even thought the United States is the most incarcerated nation in the history of human civilization.

Kirk Muse, / Mesa, Ariz. (see US CA: PUB LTE: The Phony War On Drugs )

A gem in the genre of LTE's on drug policy, one at least deserving of a MildGreen acknowledgement adding that just as the USA prides itself in its libertarian social constructs so too does New Zealand, yet we have the second most incarcerated society... and that can only be achieved collectively by a nation of suckers. We are collectively responsible for this mess. /Blair

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Thursday, April 10, 2008

"Beyond 2008" Regional Report gets a "D"

An 'ecstasy' tablet - seized by law enforeceme...Image via Wikipedia

"Beyond 2008" Regional Report.

This report presents the findings from the consultations held in Australia and New Zealand as part of Beyond 2008, a project of the Vienna NGO Committee on Narcotic Drugs. Beyond 2008 is a rare opportunity for grass-roots expertise to contribute to a global drug policy process.

The Australian and New Zealand consultation round was one of thirteen held in nine regions across the world.


Here is what it said about Class D in the New Zealand section.

A selection of products containing BZP.Image via Wikipedia

An example of flexibility in legislation is the introduction of an additional class (Restricted Substances category, colloquially known as "class D" in the schedule of controlled drugs under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1974). Benzylpiperazine (BZP) is currently the only drug in this schedule, leading some participants to note that the schedule is under-utilised. Giving some weight to this argument, BZP has recently been reclassified as a class C1 controlled drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act. The upcoming review of the Misuse of Drugs Act was noted as an opportunity to further explore the boundaries of the flexibility around drug control legislation and related policy.


Notably, although the writer and CLASS-D advocate was an offical 'interloper' who just turned up, (easier to ask permission later) and contributed to the evidence base on behalf of NZ's 500,000 pot consumers, there was no mention in dispatches. For the international voices attending Beyond 2008 Class D was a novel response worthy of maintaining a watching brief on. Certainly the above acnowledgement of CLASS D as a means to an end (and to consideration by the Law Commission) by further enabling of the 'boundaries of the flexibility around drug control legislation and related policy' can only be a good thing.
full text can be obtained here
These are interesting times.....

Blair Anderson ‹(•¿•)›

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Sunday, April 06, 2008

Drug Crimes Soar as Cops Tell Morality Porkies.


Drug crimes soar as cops get tough
02.04.2008 / Bay of Plenty Times



By VICKI WATERHOUSE

Western Bay police say their crackdown on 'evil' drugs like P and cannabis is the reason why drug offences soared last year.


Statistics released yesterday showed more than 130 more drug offences were uncovered by local police last year _ an increase of 30.1 per cent from 2006. Western Bay of Plenty Police District Area Commander, Mike Clement, attributed the dramatic rise to better policing.


"It was a very strong focus on having an intolerance towards cannabis dealing," he said. "That [increase] is largely around our policing of drugs.


"I just don't like people drug dealing, and the message is very loud and clear, and the community doesn't like it either, and we're doing something about it.


Drug crimes soar as cops get tough - Bay of Plenty Times - 2008-04-02 09:10:00.0 - localnews


When top dick Eddie Ellison was in BoP in 2004 he spoke of the lesson in drug policing management where he placed an elevated intervention process in an otherwise identified no drugs area, and low and behold, after some low level detections the media is reporting the village is going to hell in a hand basket and local folk are demanding answers to the 'problem'.
He promised everything and did nothing... pulling the policing out of the area. What happened? the Drug Problem simply went away.
When can we have cops that understand the POLICING is not just LAW ENFORCEMENT to justify ongoing budgets?
When drugs become 'evil' there is an unspoken agenda that is unrelated to the pharmacology. Some may even think the muloch is prohibition itself!


If Cannabis is Evil, then, based on harms, Alcohol is the devil incarnate.


And Anderton, after your inane 'because its dangerous' BZP on SUNDAY (TVOne) you look the fool I took you to be...


By any standard, swimming must be banned immediately, and our Biejing bound pool athletes withdrawn...
/Blair



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Message of Cowardice and Stupidity

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Friday, April 04, 2008

Class D, Legal Regulation reduces Meth: New Statesman.

In 1999, the New Zealand government was facing a rising crystal meth problem and took the unusual step of creating a new class for "harm reduction" drugs, Class D, allowing licensed companies to make and sell piperazine-based highs. So far, five million BZP pills have been sold in New Zealand and Bowden's Stargate business has the lion's share.

http://www.newstatesman.com/200610230025

More crucially the failings of drug policy couldn't be more evident than the the lying b'stards (and former NZ Police at that) over at MethCon . Who dreamed that word up?. Opening line of their latest media missive New 'Ice Age' is drug scourge of New Zealand

It begins with the illusion that P has exceeded the popularity of cannabis. What have these guys been smoking? New Zealand has the highest cannabis uptake in the OECD. It couldn't be more popular if it was made compulsory. Meth is a stink drug. MethCon says its "wakefulness, hyperactivity, lots of energy and euphoria" will lead to "one of the most serious threats to the workforce, and indeed, society as a whole." I don't see the connection between these two but MethCon does, it may have something to do with asking for money to save the planet.

I have heard "P" described by host and senior female police officer at a "Healthy Christchurch" community event as a "30 Minute Orgasm"... (whereupon a sheepish if lone voice was heard to call 'where can I get some!').

Parents, keep these guys, particularly former detective Sabin, out of your schools and away from your children, they set a bad example and should be embarrassed by, rather than proud of perpetuating the Meth Con on our kids.

Teachers teach kids, whereas former Police, Drug Addicts and Alcoholics foster double standard impediments to health promotion. Ottawa Charter stuff...

Send the kids to Class D, and respect adult choice.
[ Class A drugs are much too good for them anyway!]


Blair Anderson,
Educators for Sensible Drug Policy EFSDP.ORG

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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

ENCOD: Thornton on Greed, fear and racism

Clifford Thornton (Efficacy) developed his theory on the war on drugs as being based on three pillars: greed, fear and overt racism. (as presented in Vienna, see ENCOD BULLETIN 40 - Encod.org.)

Greed is found among most people who deal in drugs, but also among those who fight them, either as doctors, policemen or politicians: in the past 4 decades, almost 1 trillion dollars have been spent on drug related law enforcement in the USA alone.

Fear is spread by those who exaggerate the dangers of drugs, but deliberately ignore the basic reasons why people wish to take them: to increase positive experiences or reduce negative ones.

And overt racism is what the war on drugs comes down to in practical terms: for instance in the US, where black people make up only 12 % of the population, they account for more than 50% of the prison population, 2/3 of whom are serving drug related sentences.

If the white population were affected by drug prohibition in the same way, it would not last long before a public outcry would demand its immediate end. But in the present situation, money is spent on repression instead of education and welfare, so a group of people are deliberately held in a corner where they have little alternative but to continue in disruptive lifestyles.

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Quango's to catch top crooks

Specialist task forces dedicated to detecting drug rings, money launderers, corporate fraudsters and other top-level crooks will be working within months under a new agency to tackle organised crime.


Wednesday, 02 April 2008 Stuff.co.nz

Police Minister Annette King is expected to reveal today details of the new group, which will bring together expertise from the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), gang, drug and cyber crime units and other specialist squads from police and other agencies. The group, first announced in September, will be called the Organised and Financial Crime Agency and will be operating by July, subject to having legislation in place by then.(Hon Annette King was previously a Minister of Health under whose warrant drug policy is enforced. / Blair)

The SFO will be disestablished but its ability to demand that documents and potential evidence be produced will be transferred to the new agency and relate to all the crime areas it covers.This could, for example, allow drug investigators to demand the production and examination of evidence from gangs in the same way the SFO can access documents and other material from companies. (the required standard of documentation for legal entities is very high. Gang documentation standards wouldn't allow them to clean the toilets at the stock exchange... who are we kidding here? Blair)

The transfer of these powers will be tempered by a new requirement for a court order - judicial oversight the SFO does not have at present. (thats a good thing, but wouldn't even be required if we detached gangs from drugs /Blair) It is understood the SFO's ability to override the right to silence will also be scrapped.

The agency will be based in Wellington and headed by Police Commissioner Howard Broad, who will identify which criminal areas and kingpins will be given priority. (The same Police that are living a public relations nightmare?)

It is expected to be organised into different task forces to gather intelligence and conduct surveillance in different areas, focusing on top-end organised criminals. (er: drug dealers? pornographers? and other moral and largely consensual 'where is the victim' crimes? )

Though Mr Broad will determine final staff levels and priority areas, when plans for the agency were revealed, the most likely targets were identified as drug, extortion, money laundering, cyber-crime and paedophile rings. (thought so!)

It is understood there will be a dedicated serious fraud task force to ensure the SFO's work is not sidelined when it is disestablished.

Though staff from the office will be transferred to the agency, the scope of their work may broaden as the line between financial and other crime becomes increasingly blurred.

The need for organised crime groups to launder cash, and the rapid rise of trans-national crime lead to the movement of vast sums across borders, and the agency is expected to work closely with international authorities.

The early identification and monitoring of international organised crime groups moving into New Zealand or the Pacific will be key. (laundering and border issues are admission that 'drugs' are the fungible commodity in common with prevelence of these activities. Monitoring and Enforcement are better managed within a legal and thus regulated framework. /Blair)

The agency will also cooperate with the Security Intelligence Service and the top-secret Government Communications Security Bureau. (not to mention absolute transparency policy and 'real time connectedness' that these agency's bring to our own 'databases'... have we no sovereignty! Is this the logical 'Echelon' via the backdoor - which goes to show those who give up privacy in exchange for security deserve neither)

Today's announcement is due to include details of an organised crime strategy, which is likely to focus on areas including intelligence gathering, enforcement and prevention. (Smells like the three drug 'pillars' to me... Those who control the dialog control the outcome. )

[ In response to a phone call on this item, I reiterate, the difference from the SFO to the new entity is singularily the mobilisation on 'drug policy'... and answer to the question, does this mean the Security Intelligence Service and the top-secret Government Communications Security Bureau will present to the LAW COMMISSION's yet to commence REVIEW ON DRUGS?, will be now obvious. ]

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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Teen Dies After Taser Shot

Teen Who Died After Taser Shot Had Marijuana 

A 17-year-old who died after a police officer shocked him with a stun gun last week had marijuana hidden in his socks. And according to a search warrant, he'd been asked to leave the Food Lion where he worked before police arrived. Charlotte-Mecklenburg (Virginia, USA / Blair) police Officer Jerry Dawson Jr. used his Taser after police received a disturbance call about 1:15 p.m. Thursday from the grocery store on Prosperity Church Road. Darryl Turner had worked in the University City store for about a year as a cashier and bagger. It's unclear why, but the warrant said a customer service manager had asked Turner to leave and he refused.

Last week, Turner's mother, Tammy Fontenot, told the Observer that she didn't know of any problems her son had with drugs or alcohol. On Monday night she declined to comment about the search warrant that said officers found three small bags of marijuana in one of Turner's socks. They also searched his Green Ford Escort to look for drugs or other impairing substances but seized no items, according to the document.

"Our focus has continued to be on what the officer was confronted with at the scene," said Ken Harris, the family's attorney. "That will continue to be the focus and some of the more recent information may or may not be relevant to that."

Family members and co-workers said Turner, who graduated last year from a charter high school and planned to attend college, was a good student and reliable employee. His court record consists of three traffic offenses.

His mother said her son had a temper but was not violent. She did say that Turner had come home for lunch Thursday and told her he had stolen a couple of Hot Pockets from the store. He was afraid of getting in trouble, she said, but she told him to go back to the store and admit what he did.

Police received the disturbance call soon after. As Dawson arrived at the store, police said, an "agitated" Turner threw something at a manager. Turner ignored Dawson's commands and advanced toward him. Dawson then used the Taser to get him under control, police said. Turner was later pronounced dead at Carolinas Medical Center-University. His death is the first Taser-related fatality in CMPD's history. Preliminary autopsy results show no obvious cause of death, the medical examiner's office said.

Turner will be buried Friday at Crown Memorial Park after a noon visitation and 1 p.m. service at Temple Hurch International, 3201 Tuckaseegee Road.

Police have declined to give details about the incident. A spokeswoman said Monday the 911 tape recording and police radio transmissions are still being reviewed.
Dawson, a 15-year veteran, is on administrative leave pending an internal investigation, as is routine when someone dies in police custody. Homicide detectives also are investigating the death and will present their findings to the district attorney.

Co-workers and friends said they never knew of Turner being reprimanded at work. Customers described him as "mannerly" and "pleasant." But he had disagreements with the same customer service manager, who had asked him to tuck in his shirt, said Mitch Hecht, 20, an office assistant at the store. The customer service manager had complained about Turner wearing gold teeth and big earrings, he said.

Source: Charlotte Observer (NC)
Copyright: 2008 The Charlotte Observer
Contact: opinion@charlotteobserver.com
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