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

Thursday, April 01, 2010

GreenCross, "Stop the War on People"

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Stop the war on our people

Stop the war on our people
GreenCross are very disappointed but not surprised the National Party have refused to consider the recent recommendation from the Law Commission. The recommendation would adjust the New Zealand drug laws to reduce harm in our community and also align New Zealand to overseas best practice.
Put basically, adopting these recommendations would reduce harm from the 'war on drugs'.
This is really a war on people. Often these people are very helpless. They are victims of the 'war on drugs' and it is time for level heads and peace.

We are assisting people to prepare submissions to the Law Commission through the NORML web site, Green Party website, Facebook, and Twitter.
Now is a good chance to have your say on these antiquated and failed laws. Current drug laws criminalise thousands of otherwise law abiding New Zealanders each year. This escalates the problem of poverty for many and causes stressful situations for legitimate medicinal users as well as normally law abiding citizens who just want to relax and unwind.
The current laws help to create a low socio-economic rebellious sub culture whose cannabis supply is often influenced by criminal gangs. Harder dangerous drugs, such as P, are easily introduced by this situation giving criminal groups control of chemicals that go into our young New Zealanders. This can have a devastating effect to many users and those around them.
We want a properly organised, evidence based, regulated market for all drugs including alcohol and tobacco— two deadly killers with many harmful side effects.
Why should someone who has a history of bad behaviour on alcohol still be allowed to buy more?
Why should sick people who carefully administer a small amount of cannabis, and cause no harm to society, be prosecuted?
The Key Government and successive Governments have ignored numerous recommendations for a change to reduce harm. Sadly Governments have chosen to ignore these balanced recommendations and spent millions of dollars on Policing, customs, courts, lawyers, jails, broken families, destroyed careers, increased crime, health problems from poor quality drugs or poisoned from police helicopters, and an escalating suicide rate.
This is taking from the poor and giving to the rich, what a scam.
We need a change of Government. Go Green for some sustainable common sense.
Billy Mckee is the director for GreenCross which is an online support group for medicinal users of cannabis. To join this group people need a doctors acknowledgment.
Links
Green Party Submission Guide
http://www.greens.org.nz/actionalerts/action-alert-%E2%80%93-please-make-submission-law-commission-drug-law-reform
NORML site
http://www.norml.org.nz/
ENDS

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