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, August 29, 2010

Just Say... Why Not Now.

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Following the erudite synopsis New Zealands Drug Policy development highlighting the issues behind  (a) potential adoption of a kinder gentler prohibition  (see IDCP Law Commission Review here ) and the shallow understanding media give to both the cannabis culture (no decision about us without us) or by the wider reform minded society in which that culture currently fits. The medical cannabis provisions and suggestions discussed by the commission thus far are woeful pandering to blanket prohibition with exceptions if your Doctor can confirm your either near dead or dying, but said Doctors will still be policed by a regulatory regime where SATIVEX (already prohibitively expensive) is a B1 scheduled ILLEGAL drug.
The War on Drugs (ah, that really means war on people) has come under teh scrutiny of the Municipality of Toronto. It recently signed the Vienna Declaration.
This should inform incumbent Mayors and (wannabe) Members of Parliament who might like to be Mayoral.... and ALSO be of import to Canterbury District Health Board candidates (the CDHB recently wrote they would NEVER permit SATIVEX to be used by anyone) 
"We believe that only full legalization will protect the patients and the public. Marijuana prohibition is a public health disaster and Cannabis Science is happy to be in a position to advance the science of medical cannabis and continue to be an ongoing resource for all our patients in need…"  - Richard Cowan, Cannabis Science CFO, and like Dr. Robert Melamede, PhD., Cannabis Science President and CEO a long-time advocate of the legalization of marijuana,
The tensions between the VALUES of the "Just say No" and "Just say Know" crowd need to be resolved.
To better inform municipal voters what a beyond prohibition SAFETY FIRST values approach might look like in the Republic of Canterbury, an 'election issue' evening on crime, punishment, surveillance and suffrage evening has been proposed by Christchurch Mayoral Candidate Blair Anderson.
Anderson promises an entertaining evening where ALL other aspirant candidates are invited to the audience, along of course with other talented hecklers.  
The audience are invited to discuss as rationally (and no doubt irrationally)  what most significant policy adjustment would make Christchurch the exemplar SAFER CITY. 
The Rules of the debate;  there are none, other than civil and mutual respect.
The model for the forum will be "Simple on a SoapBox" (John A Lee)
If a Mayoral Candidate opposes the reform initiative, he/she will be given the same accord given anyone else. It is only asked that ALL candidates contributing simply say, name, constituency, affiliation followed by argument. 
People need to see and hear who to vote for and who is just pretending to care for SAFER COMMUNITIES TOGETHER.
Some selected non-aligned guest speakers will be invited to contribute each with (up to) ten minutes and will be asked to remain on an advisory panel for the duration of the talk fest. (along the lines of the Kim Hill Hot Science Debates) 
Feedback (and donations to assist promote the event) are welcomed.
Interested parties and attendees are invited to bookmark to be kept uptodate or signup to the RSS feed from this, the MILDGREENS blog.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Knowledge Lowers Cost of Drug Management

The trouble with the ABC classification begins when they give A's to all the really good drugs!
Why are kids lied too about obviously 'safer' cannabis and alcohol has "free zones"?
When it has not been his/her experience his friends and peers are turning into retards we set them up for failure.
We may as well make meth compulsory.

We have to normalise the knowledge. Its our best protection.
If a young person being experiential with any drug had good information (ie enabled prophylactic health promotion) and  the set and setting was supportive, or at least neutral, rather than toxic mistrust, money and attitude, alienation and illegality affecting decisions. And do the same for alcohol.
Knowledge carries in every way a lower cost alternative to prohibitory practices. No matter which drug.

And that means teaching cannabis in context. Across the curriculum. One cannot study post WW2 politics without doing so, why should one shy away from best practice societal norms. Ignore history - we repeat it.

 Blair Anderson  ‹(•¿•)›

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Leading doctor urges decriminalisation of drugs

Former president of the Royal College of Physicians says blanket ban has failed to cut crime or improve health

Sarah Boseley, health editor, Monday 16 August
One of the UK's leading doctors said today the government should consider decriminalising drugs because the blanket ban has failed to cut crime or improve health.

"I'm not saying we should make heroin available to everyone, but we should be treating it as a health issue rather than criminalising people," said Sir Ian Gilmore, former president of the Royal College of Physicians.

Gilmore put his position on the record publicly today after telling fellows and members of the college last month in a statement that he felt like "finishing my presidency on a controversial note".

He gave his backing to Nicholas Green, chairman of the Bar Council, who recently suggested individual use be decriminalised.

"This could drastically reduce crime and improve health," said Gilmore, who added that drugs should still be regulated.

He praised an article published on 13 July in the British Medical Journal by Stephen Rolles, senior policy analyst at the Transform Drug Policy Foundation, which, he said, clearly made the argument for decriminalisation.

Rolles pointed out not only that criminalising drug use had exacerbated health problems such as HIV, which can be spread by the use of contaminated needles, but had created a much larger array of secondary harms, including "vast networks of organised crime, endemic violence related to the drug market, corruption of law enforcement and governments, militarised crop eradication programmes (environmental damage, food insecurity, and human displacement), and funding of terrorism and insurgency."

Decriminalisation in Portugal in 2001, Rolles said, had led to a fall in drug use among young people. A study by the World Health Organisation, he added, has shown that countries taking tough action do not have lower levels of drug use than countries with liberal policies.

The editor of the British Medical Journal, Dr Fiona Godlee, gave her personal support to Rolles' call for decriminalisation.

"He says, and I agree, that we must regulate drug use, not criminalise it," she wrote in the journal.

Danny Kushlik, head of external affairs at Transform, which campaigns for legalisation, said the intervention of senior medical professionals was significant.
"Sir Ian's statement is yet another nail in prohibition's coffin," he said. "The Hippocratic oath says: 'First, do no harm'. Physicians are duty bound to speak out if the outcomes show that prohibition causes more harm than it reduces."

He added: "With a prime minister and deputy prime minister both longstanding supporters of alternatives to the war on drugs, at the very least the government must initiate an impact assessment comparing prohibition with decriminalisation and strict legal regulation."
Nicholas Green, chairman of the Bar Council, made his comments in a report in the profession's magazine, in which he said that drug-related crime costs the economy about £13bn a year. There was growing evidence that decriminalisation could free up police resources, reduce crime and recidivism and improve public health.

Last month, Professor David Nutt, who was sacked as the Labour government's top drugs adviser after saying ecstasy was less harmful than alcohol, said the UK needed a radical new approach to drugs laws, which may include the regulated sale of some drugs. © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010
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Monday, August 16, 2010

Govt Ups War On Cannabis

Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis PartyImage via WikipediaGovt ups War on Cannabis - Misuse of Drugs Amendment 2010

Media release: Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party

Misuse of Drugs Amendment 2010.

The provisions for prohibiting the importation and supply of utensils used  for the purpose of administering controlled drugs will be expanded to make it an offence to possess utensils for the purpose of sale or supply and prohibit the importation of incomplete utensils that, for example, require only the addition of a metal cone for burning cannabis to become usable.

This will allow Police and Customs to more effectively enforce the utensils provisions and minimise the visibility and availability of drug paraphernalia.

Clause 4 amends section 22 by—

* increasing the range of actions that are offences in relation to pipes and other utensils; and

* including identifiable components of pipes and other utensils as items in relation to which offences may be committed.

Clause 11 amends Schedule 1 of the Customs and Excise Act 1996 to make the references to section 22(1A) of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 consistent with the amendments to that section that are made by clause 4.

Amendments to principal Act
4 Powers of Minister to prohibit importation, etc, of controlled drugs

* (1) Section 22(1A) is amended by—

(a) omitting "“import or supply”" and substituting "“importation, supply, possession for the purpose of sale or supply, or offering for sale”"; and
(b) omitting "“pipe or other utensil”" and substituting “pipe, other utensil, or identifiable component of a pipe or other utensil”".

(2) Section 22 is amended by repealing subsection (3) and substituting the following subsection:

“(3) Every person commits an offence against this Act who —

+ “(a) supplies, possesses for the purpose of sale or supply, or offers for sale a pipe, other utensil, or identifiable component of a pipe or other utensil whose sale, possession for the purpose of sale or supply, or offering for sale (as the case may be) is absolutely prohibited by a notice issued under subsection (1A); or
+ “(b) supplies, possesses for the purpose of sale
or supply, or offers for sale a pipe, other utensil, or identifiable
component of a pipe or other utensil otherwise than in accordance with any
condition under which that pipe, other utensil, or identifiable component
of a utensil may, under a notice issued under subsection (1A), be supplied,
possessed for the purpose of sale or supply, or offered for sale (as the
case may be); or
+ “(c) imports a pipe, other utensil, or identifiable component of a pipe or other utensil otherwise than in accordance with any condition under which that pipe, other utensil, or identifiable component of a pipe or other utensil may, under a notice issued under subsection (1A), be imported.”
Customs and Excise Act 1996 consequentially amended

* (1) This section amends the Customs and Excise Act 1996.

(2) Schedule 1 is amended by omitting "“pipe or other utensil”" and substituting "“pipe, other utensil, or identifiable component of a pipe or other utensil”".

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Few Benefits of Prohibition - Supreme Court Justice

The benefits of prohibition are few. Imprisonment rarely has the therapeutic effect sometimes claimed by naive defenders of the status quo and more often leads to young people being brutalised or even sexually abused.

..... few parents whose children had fallen into bad company and were using drugs would think that the solution lay in having them spend 24 hours a day with drug dealers and other criminals, even in the most enlightened prison.

-  Dr Ken Crispin, the recently retired Supreme Court Justice of the Australian Capital Territory.

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Are we driving cannabis consumers to drink?

The rather depressing 'City Centre' of Manukau...Image via Wikipedia
Cannabis is Safer, Alcohol issue cannot be solved until the "all drug " debate informs us. It is instructive to consider; are we driving cannabis consumers to drink and vise versa? Connect the dots. No decision about us without us?

I think there should be a speaker at Manukau on Making Safer Choices  []  as uncomfortable to the organisers as this maybe it is the subject of a book that was in the top ten seller on AMAZON (and submitted to the Law Commission Review, New Zealand features in the opening paragraphs.)

Public March/Rally on Alcohol Law Reform15 August, Manukau

Join this event on Facebook!

The Manukau Alcohol Action Group invites concerned Kiwis to take part in this Public March/Rally and send a clear message to our politicians that it's time to take important steps towards alcohol law reform.

Please come along, bring your friends and family and JOIN THE SHOUT for alcohol law reform now!

When: Sunday 15 August, 2010
Where: Manukau City Centre
1pm Marchers Gather at three locations:Puhinui Park to Manukau Square
2pm Rally commences Manukau Square
Organised by the Manukau Alcohol Action Group.

Blair Anderson

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Alcohol, Knighthood, Cannabis, Jail

FREISING, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 17:  A laboratory...Quality Control of the Drug We Drink! 
Smoke and grow cannabis,and you are off to jail.  
Brew and sell alcohol,and you get a knighthood.

Grow cannabis in your home and you can loose your home to the state.
Kidnap a 5 year old,take them to your home, rape and torcher and kill them, and there is no law where the state can take your home.
Hundreds of people have been killed because of cannabis prohibition.
Five cops shot in the last year doing small scale pot busts.
Two cops have fallen out of helicopter doing cannabis recovery, and that's just a few cops that come to mind.
The mind boggles on how many people have been killed by rip offs, home invasions,c razy driving just to try and get away from a pot conviction etc etc.
If you are a doctor with 300,000 child porn images,you will be let off and given name suppression.
If you are a entertainer pleading guilty to forcing a teenage girl to give you a blow job, you will be let off and given name suppression.
If you are an AllBlack who beats his wife and kids or anyone who happens to cross your path in public,you will be let off and given name suppression,
If you are a policeman busted for drunken driving,(even if you drive to a car accident where the person killed has just left the piss up at your place)you will be let off,because your job is more important than the crime.
But if you are busted for a little cannabis,then you can kiss the rest of your life goodbye.
No employment with any government department, no overseas travel,and a reason for the cops to look up your very asshole for the rest of your life.
I wonder how many police gang rape victims there are out there who have drug convictions.
Louise Nicholas had no convictions and look how she was treated by the police.
How do you think a young teen age girl who had pot conviction would have got on if she tried to lay a rape charge against the police.
(an Anonomous posting on VOXY.CO.NZ )

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Monday, August 09, 2010

Good Story or Good Politics.

John Anderson, second mayor of Christchurch. P...
John Anderson, 2nd Mayor of Christchurch.
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Today, I accidentally rang the cop who warned me for public speaking [ he gave me his card. (Doh!)] Said I was pleasant to deal with. Agreed, he would rather deal with a pot smoker than an alcohol consumer. I had confused him for the dude who did arrest me a month or two prior. (thats what I told him) Isn't it good the world actually works on civil and civic trust and a little bit of cunning! 

Though he [Police] did reveal that their computer shows that I had been  charged with disorderly behaviour (for doing what he saw me doing, public speaking) and in possession of syringe and needles of which I had neither. (Besides the UN is very particular about such bans, criminalisation and consequences around AIDS. Another civic breach of good faith and best practice.)

So? With that record, what happens if I am random stopped and roadside 'checked out'. Can I expect to be given the full accord of unimpeded access to the kings-highway. If, unknown to me such record led to just cause for 'detailed search' leading to all the encumbrance, time wasting and possible (read:probable) impaired blood test that might at any-time indicate 'criminal' impairment absent ANY EVIDENCE of said impairment. What indeed if they found 'literature' about drug policy? (cf: Switched On Gardner et al) 

Now lets pretend that outcome doesn't carry costs. To me, to my business obligations to clients and dogs (I train dogs) and in particular to my relationships, yes I am quite normal, I have one. 

Or likewise, for that matter, factor in the same costs and burdens on any of the other 400,000 other occasional /functioning cannabis consumers now at grave risk while driving. 

(The 28% support for ZERO alcohol test is as illogical as banning people from driving because they cannot prove they are free from stress, prove they were fully focused, had the radio off, not even a little depressed, or gawd forbid, not even a little tired. Take a medicine and you have to show and tell a policeman. I doubt it would be difficult to word a poll to get 1/4 of the respondants to ban driving in the dark.)

So with such online, on tap records available to ANYONE at Police HQ or on patrol, what would be reported to a prospective employer? Or an insurance company? To a customs/border control inquiry? well, I can answer those questions now. Very Accurately.

Yet I can run for Mayor of Christchurch without the slightest of ID's, other than "Blair John Anderson" on a list of addresses and bag of cash I am prepared to burn. I don't even have to give my age, let alone date of birth. I have to provide both to register my dog.

Said policeman (no I will not identify him unless he consents)  seriously thought my concern mountains and molehills given that the charge had been dropped, NOTABLY without as much as ANY formal notification, paper trail, email, phone call or fax. The Ministry of Justice official, the one required at a very minimum to apologise because they (the Ministry) were on strike and thus didn't send me my first court appearance details. That would have put me in breach of bail conditions. He was at apins to point out (so he didn't need to apologise, like his strike was my fault)  said I should be respectful as I was facing "very serious charges" [Hang on this guy just works there, like he has some authority to chastise me.]  

(and all this before any serious breach of human rights had been litigated, may the baby Jesus protect those who dont understand our punative culture, for them this would be impossible if not dangerous).

My first court appearance was then delayed for one whole month after arrest.  I successfuly petitioned for and was granted a 'Trial Judge' adjudicated  trial for late July. 

My 24hr (four avenues) City Exclusion Zone bail conditions were dropped. Consider, for a month how one catches a bus without entering the four avenues. Or travels with someone else and they have to drive AROUND Hagley Park, rather than through it. You cannot even visit someone in Hospital. Or attend a prior diarised meeting with the Human Rights Commission to discuss you guessed it, Drug Policy.

( I petitioned for 'no depositions required', thus ensured Police had hands tied to due process. Seemingly it flumoxed the prosecutor. It helped to have them believing I had legal council who always goes to depositions! The SYSTEM is oh so gullible.).

While, even the bench Judge noted that he wouldn't mind being the trial Judge, without trial and aquital... oop's there is a data legacy.

Subsequently my octogenarian neighbour confirms she was asked by Police, [as if she had an obligation to observe and report,] if I was gardening (pot) in my backyard as she can see it all from her balcony? 

Somehow screaming paranoia begins to look so pro forma DSMlV

How does this 'institutionalised labelling'. 'data legacy' and 'active agency' where there is no material threat to society or individual serve prohibition?

It has to be clearly said.. I was public speaking about Drug Policy, Class D, Law Commission and Civics. It was speech #200 or so in the city. Perhaps a civil case for punitive and compensatory damage could be cutting edge HR 'legal challenge.'I guess  would have to serve Hon. Tony Ryall.  It's his warrant under which this mess occurs. 

It has to be ironic that I am running up against Hon. Jim Anderton. (under whose mantle Class D became du jour)

The first time I ran for Mayor, the Press said,  as I recall (aside from the flattery) "A pity I had failed to reveal that I had a cannabis conviction". This hardly relevant nor particularly sensoria l information (I am, in good company) was also contrary to the principles of Green MP and Drug Policy Justice advocate Nandor Tanzcos's Clean Slate Bill which was, albeit new, in force. 

[It was twenty years ago, get over it. Mr. Media.]

Media haven't even reported that I am running for Mayor. Are they missing a good story! (grin)

Even NewsTalkZB has publicly announced that the Last Mayoral debate is on the 20th August. The very last day nominations close, the debates end. No wonder Bob Parker was on safe ground on 'black Thursday' signing up a public liability for an ill placed, awful designed Post Office at a mere $54Million for a half share and 660,000 dollar rent a MONTH. Makes his wife's coffee and room with a view look pretty damn cheap.

And this is only a small part of the real story why I am standing. I haven't yet started. 

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Sunday, August 01, 2010

Dakta Green Free After 3 Year Court Battle

Dakta Green Free After 3 Year Court Battle New Zealand's local news community

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