"the appearance and demeanour of the defendant caused him to believe there were reasonable grounds he was in possession of cannabis" - Judge Stephen O'DriscollIt might not have occurred to this clown that the Cop had to trip over piles of NORML magazines before he even got to the front door. Further, there are a commensurate sample of the norml visual detritus emblazoned over walls associated with 'th struggle' against what Police believe is an effective policy not the least being a large ALCP campaign poster. Nor might Judge O'Driscoll he observe the human condition we all do: profiling based on subjective evidence before our eyes. It is, 'opportunistic' of Police to use such shallow criteria to determine if the 'suspect' is in breach of any law. The random inquiry associated with Police overt and covert duties [and conduct] while on private property has lead to tragic circumstances in the recent past, some might suggest inexplicably so.
Meanwhile Police arbitrate who enters the criminal gateway...
(see legislation.govt.nz and be prepared to be amazed).
As Judge Jerry Paradis said on many occasions when speaking of 'justice and pot' - "boxed in the paradigm"
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"I SUSPECT nothing I say or do is going to change your views on cannabis," Judge Stephen O'Driscoll told a man who supports the legalisation of cannabis. - ODT(A man who is the current serving President of the duly Registered Political Party, the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party)
According to the epidemiology science (of small numbers) the Police and Judge Driscoll would have to STOP 10,000 people from ever smoking the herb, ever, to 'save just one' from subclinical symptoms [only detectable under laboratory conditions] of, and I speculate, contentious claim by many parents that ALL teens are spychotic.
[yet 4:5 <33yr old kiwis of both sexes have indulged 5 or more times according to our world class CHDS ]
I am seriously questioning who has the psychosis here..