This will be an interesting arena of discussion. In particular as the most recent (3 March 2010) UNODC [UN Office Of Drug Control] Drug control, crime prevention and criminal justice:Human Rights Perspectives informs us of the important 'overarching goal ' in a HR context provides that policy be "fit for use" and particularly here, where New Zealand's set and setting is in being one of the highest cannabis consuming nations on the planet. (see note 1.0 /Blair)
Of course there are other parameters, like best practice policy "Impact Assessment" that has still not been done? (see note 2.0 / Blair)
The writer is before a district court judge at 2:00pm this day to answer too the charge of disordlerly behavour for speaking in High Street "about these very matters above". It is a summary offence. Police bail was conditional on accepting a prohibition order for one month on entry to the 'four avenues'.
It will go to defended hearing. It is, quite simply, the intersect of drug policy and our Bill of Rights. I was wearing in court my SAFER T-shirt. It features the webaddress http://saferchoice.org
as it was on the day I was detained for speaking.
The Judge quite rightly and likely determined by the "Party Organically" emblazoned across my chest decided no status hearing was necessary. Argument, that my defence was niether drivolous frivolous or vexatious was made clear. The Canterbury Police cannot back down, they are now at full trial for 'rights abuse'. The trial date is set for late June. Pity we couldnt resolve this before the Law Commission with its chambion of the Bill of Rights and fmr Prime Minister Sir Geoffrey Palmer deliberated.
These are interesting times.
1.0 UNODC-Human-Rights-Conference-Paper.pdf 241.00K
2.0 IDPC Briefing_Impact Assessment_March 2010.pdf 172.00K