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

Monday, February 22, 2010

Judge Jerry Paradis (LEAP) Passed Away

Last Wed (16th Feb).

Judge Jerry and his wife Barbara, from Vancouver BC. toured NZ in 2008.

Jerry was LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition LEAP.CC) visiting guest following up on the successful LEAP tour of 2004. Jerry did an awesome presentation to the Law Commission linking Cannabis and Alcohol Policy in an all drug framework. (see elsewhere on MildGreens Blog)

Presentations and Lectures in Auckland (AUT ProVice Chancellor's Winter Lectures) to Dunedin City Council "community safety" Committee along with a notable guest speaking spot at the Christchurch 2008 "Cutting Edge" Conference left a powerful voice for reform.

I recall Jerry's insight into prohibitions 'deviancy amplification' following the shooting of South Auckland undercover cop Don Wilkinson and the hammering death of a fourteen year old over a tinnie, as the facts became known.

Media gave no traction to it but he said, and it worth reflecting on in this time of 'cop bashings' that when the rule of law is in disrepute Policing becomes 'honourable men on mission impossible'.

On behalf of Kevin O'Connell and myself, and all of those whom I know connected with his courageous and committed message, condolences to his wife Barbara and family.

!. New Zealand: The Drug War Has 'Failed' Says Visiting Judge [ODT]
!. click for Jerry's page on LEAP's website)
!  information for Jerry's memorial get together in Vanvouver.

Blair Anderson
Another MildGreen Initiative,
Christchurch, NZ
027 2657219

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  • At 10:43 pm, March 12, 2010, Blogger Blair Anderson said…

    We are all saddened to say goodbye to Law Enforcement Against Prohibition board member Judge Jerry Paradis, who passed recently from cancer. Jerry's rare combination of expertise and compassion will be impossible to replace.

    Having presided over 1,000 drug-related cases in the Provincial Court of British Columbia before his retirement in 2003, he came to realize that drug policy, not simple drug use, was responsible for so much unnecessary death, disease, crime and addiction. Working within the constraints of the legal system he was able to combine his sensible, empathetic side with the intellectual rigors of jurisprudence.

    Above all, Jerry was a kind, thoughtful and supportive friend. He had a wonderful, down to earth quality that made people gravitate to him and respect his judgment. He played a pivotal role in stabilizing LEAP and helping it to remain vibrant.

    He will be missed.

    - Jack Cole, Executive Director


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