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, October 27, 2010

Decriminalise, Depenalise says UN Special Rapporteur.

United Nations General Assembly hall in New Yo...Image via Wikipedia
Decriminalise, Depenalise says UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Everyone.

The policy analysts at the MildGreen Initiative welcomes today's definitive UN policy statements, and particularly at this time.

Social ecologist and policy reform advocate Blair Anderson said today in Christchurch, "The Special Rapporteur's insight clearly instructs the NZ Law Commission's drug policy review where it is challenged by both preemptive statements from Justice Minister, Hon Simon Power and a signatory status beholden to the failed in both principal and practice, the Single Conventions on Narcotics."

"It is the law that has been found wanting, and the Law Commission is honour bound to recommend a rights based solution to resolve tensions wherever they may exist, for the greater good of everyone, everywhere.", says Anderson. "It is especially pleasing to see the Special Rapporteur's clearly enunciated summary of the long held MildGreen hypothesis on Drug Policy." (http://mildgreens.blogspot.com/)

"Criminalization and excessive law enforcement practices also undermine health promotion initiatives, perpetuate stigma and increase health risks to which entire populations - not only those who use drugs - may be exposed." - Source: UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health. UN Doc No A/65/255

At a press conference in New York on Tuesday 26 October, at the 65th session of the United Nations General Assembly, one of the UN's key human rights experts will call for a fundamental rethink of international drug policy. Anand Grover, from India, is the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right of Everyone to the Highest Attainable Standard of Physical and Mental Health, whose mandate is derived from the UN Human Rights Council. see
- Repeal or substantially reform laws and policies inhibiting the delivery of essential health services to drug users, and review law enforcement initiatives around drug control to ensure compliance with human rights obligations.

- Amend laws, regulations and policies to increase access to controlled essential medicines.
(not just the drugs pseudo ephedrine, methadone, cannabis, ibogaine, lsd, etc , but where they are needed in treatment options, ie: prisons. )

To the UN drug control agencies, Mr Grover recommends the creation of an alternative drug regulatory framework based on a model such as the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.  (How about NZ's Ministry of Health administered  restricted substances regulations, the UN compliant Class D provisions for 'use of' psychoactive recreational soft drugs? /Blair)

The report is the clearest statement to date from within the UN system about the harms that drug policies have caused and the need for a fundamental shift in drug policy. The report has been welcomed by the European Union in the EU statement on crime and drugs to the UN General Assembly. [http://www.europa-eu-un.org/articles/en/article_10168_en.htm

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Saturday, October 16, 2010

On Consensual Adult Choices.

The Arms of Her Majesty in Right of New ZealandImage via WikipediaLTE: Larnarkshire Extra. (Bristol)

When local Police crowing over a small time cannabis and cocaine 'dealer' declared they were showing 'criminals that they will not benefit from crime' and 'hopefully deter others' the evidence suggests otherwise.

Police are providing a protection racket enabling the drug to be an attractive merchandising proposition and having taken one otherwise law abiding 'criminal' out of circulation thus created another job opportunity.

The UK Home Office do this without ever having to account for the unintended consequences of prohibiting cognitive liberty surrounding responsible and consensual adult choices that on evidence appear safer than alcohol.

The politicaly expedient theft of this mans assetts is thus double jeapordy committed under false pretenses by Police who are honour bound not to lie or do harm.
Drug dealer stripped of £551,000
A jailed drug dealer from Bristol has been stripped of more than half a million pounds of assets - including his house, yacht and three flats.
A legally regulated recreational psychoactives model would not produce such adverse outcomes. The public would do well to consider New Zealand's Restricted Substances Regulations, a UN compliant 'Class D' extention to its drug control Act.

Given royal assent in late 2008, it makes provision for NZ's Ministry of Health oversight of manufacture, growing, storage, transport, sale, age of consent, labeling, advertising etc. of drugs of low health contingency.

Former UK drug advisor Professor David Nutt described these rules as "Beautiful"
(Otago School of Medicine, Christchurch 2010)
For more information see http://legislation.govt.nz/

Blair Anderson
 http://mildgreens.blogspot.com

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Aussies go Class D (kind of)

Photo of Nimbin Town 3Image via Wikipedia The first steps in the move towards the regulation, taxation and control of Cannabis to be trialed in the Nimbin Valley.

The Nimbin Valley Cannabis Trial will be for a 6 month period (11.11.2010 till 11.5.2011)

- 6 cannabis retail outlets in the "cafe" mode.
- Designated smoking areas in each cafe.
- Single 'dose' pre rolled 'joints' for sale for smoking in cafe ONLY.
- Sale of medical grade cannabis; limit 15 gms; using credit card/debit card through eftpos with G.S.T paid.
- Creation of Outdoor Organic Cannabis Growing Co Operatives with quality controls.
-The creation of a "POLICE BOOK" system similar to the car business: A registrar for buyers and suppliers, name/ address/ drivers license / medicare cards as proof of ID. To be available for inspection at each cafe.

Coffeeshop rules include:

No admittance unless 18 years or older. No sale or use of hard drugs.
Availability of heath information on cannabis use, harm reduction and cessation. Facility for summary closure for breach of fair trading regulations.

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Friday, October 08, 2010

Community Safety led "harm minimisation"

Leading International Scientific Body Supports Call for Legalization and Regulation to Reduce Cannabis-Related Harms

http://stopthedrugwar.org/trenches/2010/oct/07/new_report_us_government_data_de

Lest we forget, NZ's 'tax and regulate' legislation was passed into law the day John Key became right and honourable.



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Saturday, October 02, 2010

Hunter S Thomson's Job application

As far as I'm concerned, it's a damned shame that a field as potentially dynamic and vital as journalism should be overrun with dullards, bums, and hacks, hag-ridden with myopia, apathy, and complacence, and generally stuck in a bog of stagnant mediocrity. - HST 1958

Read more:
 
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/Hunter+Thompson+brutally+honest+Canadian+request/3606508/story.html

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