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

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

MildGreen Activist Arrested "On High"

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Yesterday afternoon. 26th January.
Police arrest Blair Anderson for 'breaching the peace' - talking about SAFERCHOICE.ORG and "Nice People Take Drugs" in 'High Street' Christchurch, at 3:30ish.
Bail conditions set by the Police include to not enter the 'four avenues' a mile square of the central city region (coincidentally the boundary of the city alcohol free zone).
"I guess it can be designated the 'speech free zone' too now."
From a broader perspective, the arrest of this former mayoral and parliamentary candidate has grave implications for freedom of assembly and bill of rights 'freedom of speech'. Especially as Mayor Bob Parker has the ground covered with surveillance cameras.
Parker called for and invested millions into 'anti-crime' post his election as Mayor. Some may recall him saying after he had accompanied "Police" one Saturday evening during his campaign that cameras had proven themselves, as two law breakers were charged with criminal offences (thus his justifying spending even more). He said it was for catching 'criminal offenders', that law abiding people had nothing to fear at the 'Christchurch Press' sponsored 'Town Hall' debates.
Some may also recall the MildGreen Mayoral candidate leaning forward to the microphone and reminding him and the audience "it was cannabis Bob!".
"It was purported by the Police arresting Officer he didn't have an issue with my subject matter, rather that my soapboxing was driving people away from enjoying their lunches (his words). It seemed to escape him that it was after three thirty in the afternoon!."
"It should be ironic that my voice, unaided by electronics or any other assistance, is sufficient to disturb the peace in the inner city when it is difficult to be heard over the traffic and ambient 'speakers' blaring from atop city business houses, or that in the preceding hour there had been a street performance act courtesy of city council provided sound reinforcement - part of  of the "International Buskers Festival Week".
"Of course he never spoke to anyone having their lunch, but he was seen to confer with someone who was a city council employee (or contractor) who seems is the 'complainant' or person who was offended no doubt eager to protect city event sponsors interests, especially those of Lindauer, Christchurch Casino, Heritage Hotel, Millennium Hotel, Copthorne Hotel, and of course the pokie (gambling addictions) revenues of Pub Charity, Lion Foundation, Mainland Foundation, Southern Trust and finally, the Embassy of the United States of America.  
"Prior to any of this, I had informally approached the designated person in charge to determine if they, the busking event  had well and truly concluded their days activities as I had no desire to stand on any ones toes. He had respected that I had asked and said 'go ahead'. So that cannot have been an issue. Well not one 'a reasonable person' could anticipate in a public designated gathering space evidently suited for performance art, and adjacent too be railway line construction zone. So it cannot have been the noise."
"One of the last matters I raised with the assembled crowd before my arrest was the New Years gong given to that drug baron, Doug Meyers.... " notes the long time contributor to parliamentary due process. "Members of the public approached and shook my hand, you don't see that online, in the paper or on TV!"
With this kind of 'chilling effect' on the public discourse, is it no longer possible to speak publicly about drug policy in the four avenues "at least until a Judge gives me permission" ?
Anderson has argued for a year that media have sidelined any mention that New Zealand legally regulated psychoactive recreational drug use 'when John Key became Prime Minister' but alcohol policy  and neighbouring intoxicants is off the menu along with any right to speak about it in public. Not even the Hon. Jim Anderton under whose watch this regulatory initiative was passed has been asked 'for what purpose did Labour do this "Order in Council' if it was only to remain an empty vessel?'.
"I was speaking as close as practicable to the now defunct but contentiously removed city plan designated 'amphitheatre' area of Cashel and High Streets (also known, some could argue pejoratively, as the 'hack circle')  - of course the important role of an amphitheatre 'as a place for speaking' can be best encapsulated by simply Googling it along with the word 'democracy'."
These are interesting times.
The case is set down for the Christchurch District court on the fourth day of February.
The writer is somewhat flummoxed, the Court Building is inside the area to which he has been 'prohibited'.
 "As is my lawyer, several of my Members of Parliament, and the Human Rights Commission."
"I have diarised meetings with key stakeholders, including Canterbury District Health Board and ALAC to discuss http://www.safercampuses.org/ but they are all in the Four Avenues - I guess I will just have to break the law again, sometime soon". (see PRESS: University forum targets binge-drinking 23/01/2010)
The writer will be pleading 'not guilty' arguing false arrest, there is no charge to answer.  "Clogging the court has become the last bastion of civil dissent, this silliness is going to cost the country thousands. They better do that drug policy cost benefit analysis soon and fix this glaring anomaly."
The writer further notes... a Bill of Rights violation has occurred and the Christchurch City Council will be asked to account.
"Now that is what courts are for...."

Blair Anderson  ‹(•¿•)›

Social Ecologist 'at large, but still living in unhealthy Christchurch'
http://mildgreens.blogspot.com/
http://blairformayor.blogspot.com/
ph nz  (643) 389 4065   nz cell 027 265 7219

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Four Years Jail, A Human Rights Abuse?

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Authorities found a speck of cannabis weighing 0.003grams stuck to the bottom of his shoe which was not readily visible to the naked eye.  
Only in Dubai?  





"Customs authorities are using highly sensitive new equipment to conduct extremely thorough searches on travellers and if they find any amount - no matter how minute - it will be enough to attract a mandatory four-year prison sentence."


"We even have reports of the imprisonment of a Swiss man for 'possession' of three poppy seeds on his clothing after he ate a bread roll at Heathrow.



New Zealand is a signatory to the Single Convention that gives licence to this 'human rights abuse'.


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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Altered States

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Shock News:  Media has a vested interest in talking about cannabis now, readers say!

 > 80% of Americans say Legalise.
ABC news poll. See link for graphs, question.
http://abcnews.go.com/images/PollingUnit/1100a3MedicalMarijuana.pdf

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Dakta's BoRA BoRA


Cannabis campaigner argues laws breach his rights


Created 20/01/2010 - 12:50

A cannabis campaigner is today arguing to a district court judge that cannabis laws are a breach of the Bill of Rights Act.

Dakta Green is arguing at Auckland District Court for a stay of proceedings on charges of possession of cannabis and possession for supply.

Green, who is representing himself, is arguing that the Misuse of Drugs Act breaches his fundamental rights and is therefore a breach of the Bill of Rights Act. At a one-day hearing before Judge Ann Kiernan, Green is calling two witnesses and will give evidence himself.


Image of Geoff Noller from FacebookImage of Geoff Noller

Geoff Noller, who completed a PhD at Otago University on the culture of cannabis use, said most of the 80 users he talked to did not feel they were criminals. Dr Noller said many felt treatment of them by authorities was discriminatory and unfair.

"One question I asked them was whether they thought they were carrying out criminal behaviour. They were adamant they were not criminal ... and they felt they were being unfairly criminalised."

Much of the questioning of Dr Noller concerned the history of cannabis laws, the development of cannabis culture and patterns of use.

He said it was debatable whether the laws were having any impact on improving health and reducing harm when New Zealand had the highest rate of arrests for cannabis use in the world per head of population.

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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Drug Laws Face Tide Change




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Blair Anderson
http://mildgreens.blogspot.com/

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Sacked Adviser Launches Drugs Panel [UK Financial Times]

Sacked adviser launches drugs panel
By Andrew Jack in London, Published: January 15 2010

Some may view recreational drugs as the scourge of the City; now a hedge fund manager is using some of his surplus cash to underwrite an independent scientific advisory committee on their safety.  ( some say the change in he legal status of cannabis globally would lead to a massive financial shift, and all drugs, the collapse of capital markets, good to see a fund manager prepared to take a lead role! /Blair )

Professor David Nutt, the sacked former head of the Advisory Committee on the Misuse of Drugs, identified his surprise backer as he unveiled details on Friday of his own rival Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs to challenge the government’s much-criticised classification system. (Still no cost benefit analysis of the policy's effects though. Perhaps a fund manager 'risk taker' can see the risk downsides of prohibition? /Blair)

Prof Nutt said that Toby Jackson, a 32-year-old hedge fund manager, had “decided to put something back into society” by offering financial support sufficient to underwrite the group for three years – a budget he estimated at about £450,000. (that's about the amount NZ would have, inflation adjusted, if it had banked the $50,000 per year it budgeted to do the cost benefit analysis since the National Drug Policy in 1996 /Blair)

“This is the strongest grouping of scientists looking at drugs that we have ever had,” he said. “It is the first truly independent committee and it is something that many of us have wanted for a long time ... We will provide the truth about drugs unfettered by any political interference.”   [more]  (which was the aspirational goal of the New Zealand Expert Advisory Committee on Drugs [EACD] /Blair)


LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 03:  Home Secretary...It was about this big, 3gms of primo I'd say. Good too!
Image by Getty Images via Daylife

Professor Les Iversen, Nutt's replacement is also notable for his earlier  support for cannabis law reform. The test will be to see what Alan Johnson and the UK's Home Office makes of the new chief adviser's politics. Perhaps they might support Class D!  /Blair


Retired Oxford professor named drugs adviser - Jan-13
Minister seeks to end scientific dispute - Dec-15
Ex-drugs adviser hits at political meddling - Nov-04
Drugs panel at risk of collapse - Nov-02
Editorial Comment: The evidence in favour of Prof Nutt - Nov-02
Government drug adviser sacked - Oct-31


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Friday, January 15, 2010

Cannabis Party Salutes Dakta Green

Cannabis Party salutes Dakta Green's stand as staunch Legaliser

Press Release:  ALCP 14th January 2010

Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party congratulates Dakta Green and his Auckland Daktory Club membership for heavily pushing cannabis law reform to the fore again in New Zealand after many years of being put on the back burner by establishment, bureaucracy and media.
Image of Dakta Green from FacebookImage of Dakta Green


ALCP totally supports appropriate civil disobedience to raise awareness of glaring anomalies in New Zealand's justice system, including counter-productive 'crime prevention' policing, and highly questionable legal status of marijuana alongside alcohol and tobacco.

Marijuana is NZ's crucial law and order/community well-being/human rights issue: "The ongoing third-class-citizen status of the nation's estimated half million marijuana consumers is unacceptable in a civil society."

ALCP members applaud the stance of "Live like it's Legal" and front page coverage in the Sunday News, featuring Dakta Green - who stood for the Party in the 2009 Mt Albert by-election. Dakta has openly operated Auckland's ground breaking cannabis club since November 2008. "It is inspiring to see determined Daktavists thumbing noses at unjustifiably harsh laws which could see them facing up to 7 years jail."

"We are appalled at the further violation of Dakta Green's civil rights by the police confiscation of his phone and computer. The Police have taken his tools to defend himself!"

The Misuse of Drugs Act makes provision for regulated sale of restricted psychoactive substances – a.k.a. Class D. Put cannabis in the "restricted substance regulations" suggests ALCP - it's about time some logic was applied to the market which is currently poorly controlled. Auckland's Daktory has demonstrated a successful implementation of the R18 responsible trade and use provisions.

It is time for change around the world as California's State Legislature's Health and Safety committee has approved the community model for marijuana. Cannabis clubs have lead the way.
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ALCP also defends the good Dakta's stance against the derogatory remarks about pot smokers by the Northland Returned Services Association [RSA]. Dakta Green cannot be condemned as having no support when 62% of STUFF.CO.NZ  voters supported his reform call.

As champions against repression in previous eras, the RSA should be cheering on the new generation of freedom fighters, and be wary of establishment propaganda, bullying, threat of jail and confiscation of property. Similar tactics were used by the Nazis!  Not acceptable then and not acceptable now. We call on the RSA to stand up for this generation against oppression.

Party analysts respectfully suggest RSA in Northland may be seeing the results of the huge prohibition economy up north, including general disrespect for authority - "Please don't blame cannabis for what prohibition is doing"

Changing cannabis laws will raise consciousness and tolerance amongst Kiwis and bring old and young together more than any other initiative.

ALCP supports the plan to extend Daktory 'harm reduction' services across NZ.

It is time Government recognised a regulated Green market is much safer, fairer and realistic for New Zealand than maintaining 'at all costs' a dishonest Black Market.

media inquiries:  ALCP President, Kevin O'Connell.  027 265 7064

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Cannabis Law Causes Insanity

Corby, 32, was sentenced to 20 years' jail after she was caught at Bali's airport in October 2004 with 4.1kg of marijuana in her boogie board bag. (see STUFF.CO.NZ - Schapelle Corby hides in jail bathroom)

Since then her mental condition has deteriorated and in August last year she was judged by a top psychiatrist to be insane.


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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Pot Shops To Open Across NZ


It's News but not as you know it.......

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Saturday, January 09, 2010

Not In My Name


Re Costa, posted by another commenter:

"And first of all, he has to show respect for those people who work in the field to reduce the harms created by drug abuse and abusive drug policies, from very limited resources, for low salaries and restrained by the barriers of stigma and discrimination. Even if they believe in legalization, or even if they are drug users themselves, because drug users are also people with inalienable human rights and dignity, a value constituting the very core of the UN system. Period."
This encapsulates all that was wrong with the UN Special Sessions. It was engineered to fail. It was a platform for Ning-Nongs. Costa pandered to his constituency, abused due process and did a disservice to UN principals. His pronouncements, and the entire sham of consultation (including Beyond2008) remain a pretence to good governance.
One cannot with any legitimacy protest the 'death penalty' and preside over a prohibition that carries a burden of tens of thousands of 'deaths by collateral damage, disease, and friendly fire'.
There has been no accounting the mayem done in our name.
If Whaling or Nuclear Testing was handled as dishonestly there would be an uproar!

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Friday, January 08, 2010

Rooftop "melt" A Sign Of Drug Abuse


Snow melting prematurely on a roof could be a clue that the house is being used as a cannabis factory, police say.


see 


Police use snow to find drug dens



I say "Good Luck to them!" 


I had a suspicion that global warming (Thermal Haline Conveyor slowing down) had some upsides for 'drug policy enforcement' /Blair



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Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Another MildGreen Dactavist Comments



It is a sad indictment of current political thinking that catching bad dudes by whatever means 'justifies the end'. The weekends Sunday Star Times item by Nicky Hager on the extended powers of the Police to surveil all and every email, txt, phone and fax will have consequences.

It empowers this intimidating shite, as polite as these two officers were (thanks IMHO largely to the presence of the video camera). Whoever authorised the three day DAKTORY stakeout should LOOSE THEIR JOB for failing to correctly train officers in appropriate protocols. No New Zealander has authorised warrant-less random stopping, searching ( "tipping out", what a disgraceful terminology ) and haranguing absent ANY proof of impairment or crime.


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Were a 'list' of members available either written or otherwise, these fellows have clearly indicated an interest in obtaining one. Under these FBI lobbied for surveillance laws that would make a STASI operative proud, ANY movement of a list, or contiguous emails could be USED by POLICE for purposes of 'fishing'. And they do not have to tell you, it's masked by 'it is a random stop Sir'.
Freedom of association is under grave threat. The "chilling" of dissent is anti-democratic and should be subject to much gnashing of teeth by the forth estate and academia. I don't expect we will see it however…
Good on DG for being cool and informing these fellows 'that a complaint' will be laid.
I will be watching with interest.
(should the POLICE be reading this… and by all accounts they are now empowered to not only do so, but also archive it, choke on this; "PIGGISH" no longer adequately describes your roadside manner, no matter how polite you pretend to be.)

/ Another MildGreen Dactavist


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Monday, January 04, 2010

On Scott Watson?

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Over time, and especially since the conviction of Scott Watson, the Marlborough Sounds case has revealed some grave flaws and omissions.

Police provided composite images of the moored boats that appeared to exclude yachts that looked unlike Scott's seemed on the face of it, egregious. No wonder there are public doubts.

However there was a factor that seems to have been overlooked by a public (and quite possibly Police) duped into thinking this was probably about sex.


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Lets start with a few premises. Eighty percent of young Kiwi's have experienced cannabis by 21 yrs. Marlborough is a key cannabis cultivation area. Marlborough's regular rain, sunshine and 'easy access' by boat from other NZ ports makes it a likely source of secure and large quantity 'early to market' cannabis, thus more valuable. That the supply chain network has a high [Net Present] future value, the contingent risks for middlemen and at these volumes certainly would lead to significant jail time, probable asset forfeiture and if 'the operation' is financed from black market sources carries high penalty for failure to deliver. Did 'narc culture', where truth is compromised by the very rules made 'to protect us' cost 2 lives and more?

Comment as seen on NZHerald website online.... "The Sounds murders - did Scott Watson do it?"

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Sunday, January 03, 2010

Nick Smith on Drugs "Are we winning this war?"

The Government Action Plan on Methamphetamine is working by at least one measure – price. A gram of P, according to one Auckland drug dealer, now costs around $800, whereas a year ago the same amount set users back about $300-$400.


The doubling in price tells a supply side-story. Prime Minister John Key launched the plan in early October and, among other measures designed to restrict supply, made the important precursor drug, pseudoephedrine, prescription-only.

Also, in the two months to early December, Customs intercepted a total of 230kg of pseudoephedrine at the border. When commodities become scarce, consumer demand drives the price up.


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The government is, says Key, winning "the fight against P".

But if "we" are winning the fight, what will success entail? An exhaustive account of the global cocaine trade (The Candy Machine, How Cocaine Took Over the World, by Tom Feiling) suggests all of the efforts by government and its agencies will make not a jot of difference and may even generate a worse social outcome.

It will not mean an end to drug-related crime – when costs become prohibitive, crime rates usually soar as users resort to desperate measures to acquire cash to feed their dependency, as Feiling shows. Look to the burglary and robbery figures for the March 2010 quarter. Nor will success strangle an important revenue stream for gangs, many of which are major suppliers of methamphetamine. (CONTINUES)

For instance, when the government banned party pills containing the active substance, BZP, demand for Ecstasy and methamphetamine (the drug the government is promising to stamp out) went through the roof.


"I went from selling 5000 pills a month to 5000 pills a week," a 52-year-old drug dealer explained to a newspaper about the impact the ban had on his operation, which had generated up to $12 million in revenue.

Wilkins says the BZP ban has driven increased use, although he suspects leftover party pills are being passed off as Ecstasy.

For Feiling, the failure to combat the supply or demand for drugs is an economic story, one that illustrates the futility of prohibition and the many tragic, unintended consequences stemming from "another war on another abstraction".

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USA Border Wars, Canadian MedPot Jungle.

Border Agents 'keep drugs out' - (yeah Right!)
http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/series/border-wars#tab-border-agent-simulation

Marc Emery visits Canadian 'commercial' medpot grower.... with journalists. Largets indoor "jungle" you will ever see, but entirely predicated on flawed policy....  http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/series/explorer/3821/Overview#tab-Videos/06170_00
 
Bloomberg TV  (on cable, and possibly repeated on freeview) is featuring a debate on "Intelligence Squared"  IQ2 - a syndicated show that gets top debaters to examine contentious issues. "That America is responsible for the Violence in Mexico" is the theme of the debate of course its ALL about drugs... Well worth catching.  see http://www.bloomberg.com/tvradio/tv/asia/tv_index_asia.html
(7pm tonite is my best guess at rebroadcast) - 72% of Audience agree that IT IS RESPONSIBLE. 6% still not sure!
 
 
 
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