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

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Laundering Drug Stories - NBR

Money laundering bill passed by Parliament

A bill that boosts measures to counter money laundering by criminal gangs and organised crime has been passed into law.
Justice Minister Simon Power said the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act would help tackle financial and drug-related crime by helping police detect and trace the profits of organised crime groups.

ALCP comments : Cannabis Anomalies

Speaking of corruption, what if it's the powers-that-be that are corrupt and rorting the system?
eg - What happened to the cost-benefit analysis of cannabis prosecutions that carried a 'legislative implication' 13 years ago? but was buried precisely because of its 'legislative implication'.
And how much has been spent 'unproven' on criminalising cannabis since the cost benefit analysis was buried 11 years ago? Billions by my estimate. All acheiving nothing but social damage to the vast numbers arrested and prosecuted and punished for something that is really no worse than wine beer and spirits... (some 200,000 cannabis arrests since 1996)
A collosal rip off right under everyones noses
Still it keeps the 'justice' system ticking over just nicely, with cannabis criminality and related organised criminal enterprises meanwhile $$$$$$ is-money is safely laundered into the middle class salaries of the NZ crime-growth industry (police, courts, prisons etc - and Justice Minister Simon Power's fat salary to boot...).
There was no small amount of irony in the news item on the bill just on tv1- showed a couple of police examining a cannabis bong, and leading away someone in handcuffs (serious crime, yeah right...)
NZ is very good at introducing more and more legislation built on the false and corrupt base of impractical and unjust prohibition.
Many people have been heard to say 'the reason they wont legalise it is they cant tax it'...but I reckon 'the reason they wont legalise it is because they're all making too much money out of keeping it illegal...'
Kevin O'Connell, president ALCP

Cannabis vs Alcohol corruption

O'Connell is right on the button... a billion dollar rort indeed. No other area of public policy sees otherwise good people put in jail, arrested and detained without 'a body' or complainant all exacted under the warrant of the Minister of Health. Yet... recently published in the Lancet. "a recent study estimating that marijuana accounted for about 0.2% of the total disease burden in Australia, a nation with one of the world's highest rates of cannabis use. Its health impact was one-tenth that of alcohol and one-fortieth that of tobacco, the study found."
So why are we not arresting people for having a tipple, or owning a wine glass or an empty bottle of beer, or for that matter 'matches' as they evidence having formed the intent to use tobacco?
Consider also from the October 17 Lancet edition:
Overall, "the public health burden of cannabis use is probably modest compared with that of alcohol, tobacco, and other illicit drugs"
Cannabis is illegal BECAUSE without it the (unaccounted for) Police Drug squad would have bugger all to do and National Drug Intelligence's recent 2010 drug report would look all the more stupid for its argument that the cannabis social harm is the amount of money spent policing it.
Curiously, why has media not reported the wisdom of the ALCP president. Oh, lets pretend crime IS the problem.
Yet the Australian Prime Minister recently awarded Mr Ian 'harm reduction' Webster for excellence at their 2009 National Drug And Alcohol Awards - he said "I think Alcohol and Drug problems are markers or indicators of underlying community and social structures, and are PRODUCTS OF THAT MORE THAN THE DRUG ITSELF".
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