Claims of cannabis harms by Police and others are taken care of in the 2008 Ministry of Health 'Class D' (restricted substances regulations) without the need to create and perpetuate "Reefer Madness" fears, where there should be none.
Police are sole arbiters of how, where, why and who cultivates with the no good science here and no public scrutiny of the Police's secret experiments, drug policy is, post the law commission review in deep deep trouble. Why should anyone take the Police seriously when they manufacture this public health advice. It is not impartial. It is not rigorous. And it is not in the public's best interest.
The MildGreens are particularly troubled by the timing, language and the context Police raids are occurring alongside the Alcohol reports, Drug submissions, Surveillance, Privacy [and more] all at the Law Commission's feet. The Police announcements are about supporting ideology much of it discredited, not science or informed debate. Gilding the lily and overstating the harms has become an art in the Police Intelligence hands that serves its Government Minister. But it is not just Police... it is an inter-sectoral failure. Both chronic and systemic.
Such institutionalised behavour is predicted by the MildGreen hypothesis. Mixed messages are the contemporary obfuscation of science used by vested interests; Tobacco, big Pharma, Sugar... Alcohol and unavoidably the business of religious morality and the mind share of media moderated political discourse. Mayhem and Conflict sells newspapers.
Drug Intelligence should be left to health professionals, not to the 'vice'-president of the Police Association.
Police would have no material interest in cannabis were it D-classified into a health administered restricted substance.
Police would loose a lot of their unaccounted and deficit funded, as much as you need 'drug' budgets and 'rights to surveillance and interception' "powers to which they are not entitled". (Minister of Health, Hon Tom McGuigan
, Hansard debate, Drugs Prevention of Misuse Bill, later renamed. 1975)
Operation Lime, a two year investigation? We are told cannabis is much to dangerous but it has been openly tolerated and advertised transparently for ten years. These business report to the IRD every year. They have an address, open 7 days and handout harm reduction
'evidence' approved by Customs and Excise. [High Times]
Public trading companies are not gangs. Even if they were, culture shops are harm minimisation and an honest living.
(see New York Time
's "Don’t Call It ‘Pot’ in This Circle; It’s a Profession
" - Jeremy Ramsay checks marijuana to be sold at the Harborside Health Center in Oakland, Calif. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/24/us/24pot.html?hpw
By the Police's own testament surrounding the S.O.G busts this is 'laboratory equipment' unsurprisingly using 'best practice'. In other jurisdictions, clones and hydroponics, 24hr lighting and skills are sought after tools for science. (see above link)
The 'increase in potency' ignores the set and setting of cannabis, or the normative knowledge base that protects people. Labelling, and Childproof containers are provisions of the Class D regulations, we are endangering people by not using these regulatory 'beyond abstinence' guidelines to 'protect and promote health'
The Mild Greens are also critical that after two years investigating, Police score less pot than the courts define on the West Coast as 'a good crop' for half a dozen's personal use! Enough for six people out of the four hundred thousand other Kiwi's who do like cannabis even 'in defiance of the law'. And police intelligence calls that a win? The MildGreens don't think Police media handlers know how funny 'cornerstone' really sounds.
Cannabis Improves Perception, True Or False?
Only the Minister of Police's management objective to increase cannabis convictions in one year by 20%. This has manufactured two thousand more [otherwise] law abiding criminals to dupe folk into believing tough love and zero tolerance
policy is 'working'.
The problem is 'getting tough' has been found wanting. Not by us, or the demographic we represent, but by top epidemiologists. One of whom won "Doctor of the Year" by the British Medical Journal
. The Vancouver based Urban Health Research Institute found the policy is criminally counter productive. It makes Crime. Prohibition is criminogenic whereas cannabis is not. Alcohol is aggressogenic whereas cannabis is not.
Cannabis according to the science, isn't responsible for the mess
However, following the Police's line of thinking, they only have another 380,000 or so cannabis consumers to go. The critical, crucial and impact assessment is where?
Police wouldn't know an Ottawa Charter principle if they fell over it. It is a fundamental injustice to arrest people to save them from themselves.
The Law Commission Review suits Police, No debate, No measurement, No management.
Just say No isn't just a mantra. It has become the right [ideology] way of thinking without thinking about rights [human].
When the MildGreens hear Police declaring improved anti-social crimes clearance rates we know the recent cannabis 'enforcement binges' have become essential to both Police and Government policy 'looking good in the public eye'. Scare people, promise a lot, and deliver little.
Cannabis prohibition arrests are "Grist for the Mills!" exclaimed Blair Anderson at Christchurch's May Day Global Million Marijuana March, "and when the countings' done, this grand gamble will be found to be both unethical and non-feasant - And why reparations are due."
The Police's timing for their 'Better Stories' now implies telling pork pies to milk the fatted calf. - say the MildGreens.
Speaking of Goodbye to Pork Pies, how many spotted the shared joint while driving ' a yellow mini' in front of a pursuing Police Car on the culturally significant "twentieth of the fourth" all media news coverage of NZ's "Home before Christmas" ?
The Science suggests the Mild Green Drug Policy Hypothesis is proven.
Say sorry, repatriate all fines, D-Classify;
If we move drug policy from a policing fiction to the science of best practice "We could all be home SAFER by Christmas", say the MildGreens, "the importance of SAFERCHOICE.ORG hasn't escaped us!"
NZ Cannabis Stronger than Ever - Study.
Stronger Cannabis Makes Better Medicine -
[currently at #3 in politics most read headlines.]
Why raids are not OK (article in todays chch press by Stephen McIntyre of NORML, Auckland)
from last week ALCP:
Cannabis-alcohol hypocrisy rules NZ