re alcohol and parental consent: Parental law set to stop teen drinkers
"This is a really delicate balance because National is not in the business of getting into people's homes on issues like this and telling them how to run their lives," he [Key] said last night. (NZHerald, July 5, 2010)
The Alcohol (and other drugs) review and political dialog cannot be reconciled without considering the implications of John Key and Tony Ryall's position on Cannabis prosecutions and the human rights abuse that underpins 'illicit' drug policy. It gives licence to this 'invasive' and potentially racist in its application anti-drug abuse initiative. I have no doubt that the question being asked in the NH poll will attract high support for 'banning'. Such a question does not count the costs, nor measure the social impact, unintended consequences of removing parental authority and trusts. It is DRUG POLICY that is broken. And it is DRUG POLICY that has to be fixed.
National needs to stop treating adults like children while expecting children to behave like adults.
And lets stop pretending our topical knife legislation has no connection to the rejection of the social mores and rule of law. Or that the Police Clearance rates have nothing to do with the 20% increase in cannabis convictions. (40% in Northland).
Cannabis is making the Police look good.
Blair Anderson, Mayoral Candidate, 'the real Super City', Christchurch, NZ.
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