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

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Police Sieze Assets and Loose All Credibility

With Police now handclapping the freezing of assets of Mr Michael Quinlan including $190K in cash and a pretty much normal Auckland residence for someone in a management position, we can expect to see more of this low value policy enforcement. (Police are yet to justify the merit of their prohibitionist 'balance of probability' enforcement endeavors without lying about it. )

see
  • Switched On Gardener owner: If acquitted I will... - [Jun 05 2010 - 3 News]
  • Accused Man Has Assets Frozen - [Jun 04 2010 - Voxy.co.nz]
  • Switched On Gardener owner has assets frozen (N... - [Jun 04 2010 - Yahoo! News Australia]
  • Police freeze cash, $1m home - [Jun 04 2010 - New Zealand Herald] 
The balance of probability would be that all this huffing and puffing by Police will change the cannabis market diddly.... other than to protect and serve the 'black market' thus foster the very criminality they set out to prevent.

Mere conjecture? Oh no... the Science supports who? Those on the side of reform it appears.

There is no merit in the Police case against Quinlan; (a) because the Police and the courts have allowed the 'business' of Switched On Gardener to trade for ten years without as much as a warning, and (b) because the courts have allowed the business to continue to trade despite the Police's covert and overt activities to brand it as 'criminal'.

Also see "Operation Lime" - And we have long heard from these idiots... remember Stuart Mills? Rob Pope?

"Police Deputy Commissioner Rob Pope claims that the raids have broken 'the cornerstone of the illicit cannabis cultivation industry'. He is lying, and he knows it. No government has ever been able to halt supply of any illicit substance. These raids may temporarily push up the price of an ounce of green, but with many thousands of hard-working New Zealanders involved in the cannabis industry, supply will soon rebound."
"There is no sense in legislation which criminalises half the country. Two thirds of young people, and half of all adults under the age of 50, have used cannabis. Marijuana is mainstream. Criminalisation of something so mundane makes an ass of the law, and criminals of otherwise law-abiding people." - 28 April 2010, Press Release: Libertarianz Party,  "Operation Lime - An Attack on Freedom"

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Blair Anderson http://mildgreens.blogspot.com


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