For the price of a few beers (ie two jugs, $18.00, or a dozen bourbon and cola, say $24) you can make for your own consumption (therefore not endangering anyone else) the logical equivalent in relative potency, enough rolling material to replace, substitute and dare i suggest 'enjoy' - 1000 cannabis joints.
Not withstanding that one joint of 'tinnie house' dak has a market value of about $5 you will begin to see why despite prohibition's illegal marginal price (of risk) the banning of 'kronic' type substances with margins in a legal market (as now) that approximate that of "P" the simplistic call for blanket prohibition rates up there with banning masturbation.
Where (else) in a legal market can you turn twenty dollars into five thousand dollars on your kitchen table?
How much beer does five thousand dollars buy?
This (and previous/successive) government are NOT serious about controlling alcohol problems if they fail to be serious about controlling the unintended consequence of its neighbouring intoxicants.
We need to face reality..... and manage this. And that means legal regulation of all soft 'recreational' drugs, their manufacture and supply chain as well as place of sale and to whom they are sold.
Which is the singular intent of the legislation passed by Labour back in 2008 for which Peter Dunne should thank (a) Jim Anderton and (b) Helen Clark and stop pretending he is some how part of the solution.
I don't need to prove my data sources. They are self evident. If you want to reduce and or displace direct and indirect harms from tobacco and alcohol provide a safer alternative and regulate the stuffing out of it.
Stop pretending criminals 'care' and stop making criminals out of otherwise law aiding citizens.
And the sooner we do it, like homophobic violence and name calling stopped overnight we wont have to read and put up with the Lilly liver-ed prejudices from the sincerely ignorant so evident here and elsewhere. Go get a 'dose' of education and for gawds sake become better people for it.
One thing I have learned from 'drug policy'... those who don't think this stuff through are the 'dopers'.
They (and there is plenty of them here on Trade Me) seem addicted to the notion that society can some how be inoculated with their sense of piety and 'they' will somehow (?) become better people.
The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
Blair Anderson http://mildgreens.blogspot.com