Sunday, August 29, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Knowledge Lowers Cost of Drug Management
We have to normalise the knowledge. Its our best protection.
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 ‹(•¿•)›
Social Ecologist 'at large'
ph nz (643) 389 4065 nz cell 027 265 7219
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Sarah Boseley, health editor guardian.co.uk, 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.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010
Monday, August 16, 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”".
..... 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.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Are we driving cannabis consumers to drink?
I think there should be a speaker at Manukau on Making Safer Choices [http://saferchoice.org] 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 http://mildgreens.blogspot.com/
Grow cannabis in your home and you can loose your home to the state.
Monday, August 09, 2010
Good Story or Good Politics.
|John Anderson, 2nd Mayor of Christchurch.|
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.