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, June 08, 2011

Maurice Disputing Facts, and Deservingly So!

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Maurice Didham's delay in resolving his cannabis case is not uncharacteristic of many recent cases where Police have argued a future value predicated on unrealistic assessments of yield and sales value. They also regularly present the case for valuing societal 'harms' displaced by their 'effective intervention' (joke) and displacement of those harms (bigger joke).
Both are predicated on prohibition itself. It should be these disputed facts that deserve the courts attentions. It is the logical equivalent of testilying. I have seen in a case I assisted with  where Police lied on four separate counts in depositions. Each lie was intended to show the defendant in a disparaging light and elevate any conviction up the scale of sentencing guidelines. This propensity to lie to the court (knowingly dammit) is seemingly forgiven in the greater cause. I would fire said cop instantly if I were the Police commissioner, but instead we elevate these social pariahs onto the 'drug squad' or worse, into National Drug Intelligence HQ. They bring policing into disrepute. That lawyers standby and allow this to happen (mostly on legal aid from the state) makes the entire process ignominious.
The injustice makes an Ass of the Law - the very words spoken by the then Minister of Health, Hon. Annette King under whose ministerial warrant ALL drug charges are laid. Maurice's case is worth watching for this reason alone

Blair Anderson
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