As contentious as the subject is, and for many for whom their story is one of consequences and poor outcomes, it can be fairly said there is nothing in the pharmacology of cannabis that directly leads to negative consequences. Indulgences to excess sure! But that is not 'cannabis' - that is the human condition and if it wasn't cannabis it would have been 'something else'. On reviewing ALL the comments there are as many ill-informed 'reform minded' folk as there are those who hold the line of status quo. However there are other factors to consider, many of them.
Would for example Napier Policeman Len Snee
be alive or dead today under a Portugal/Netherlands/Brazil model? The answer is to that question is instructive. It has nothing to do with cannabis and how it affects people who consume it. It has a lot to do with the rules surrounding cannabis. The rules create 'deviancy amplification'. What ever cannabis does in a mental health setting is not helped by a 'policeman' at your door.
The law in this case (and there are other cases that can be equally made for LSD, MDMA and others) is an Ass. And before anyone jumps up and down.. It was so described by former Minister of Police
and Health (the latter title holds the warrant for the exacting of the Misuse of Drugs Act) Hon Annette King. If the "warrant" holder has no confidence in the rules, neither should Police or Prosecutors or Judges. And neither should we.. the Public.
The maintenance of criminal sanction for the possession and/or cultivation of 'a plant' that is demonstrably a food supplement (go ahead... look up 'endocannabinoid' on google) represents one of the greatest social injustices of all time.
But don't expect anything but 'puerile' argument from the current Minister of Health (and former Justice Spokesperson) Tony Ryall. He has a stake-hold in maintaining the mayhem. For he will promise to save us from ourselves. And there are readers here who would hold the earnest view that so he should.
When the King saw Humpty Dumpty
's condition... and ALL his 'men and horses' were unable to make good, it proved that no amount of men nor horses were going to fix the problem.
Ryall and his like just want more men and horses.
Blair Anderson ‹(•¿•)›
Social Ecologist 'at large'
ph nz (643) 389 4065 nz cell 027 265 7219
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