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

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Poverty of Insight - Welcome to NZ

Poverty of Insight - Welcome to NZ



Alcohol, Tobacco, Cannabis and Kronic virtually completely out of control?
Rule of law in ongoing transparent disrepute?
Impotent politicians seemingly unable to protect the population?
The highest rates of liquor abuse, bullying, youth damage, gang crime, P use and criminality issues in the OECD?

Could our lawmakers do worse if they tried?  Welcome to Aotearoa NZ, land of the wrong white (prohibitionist) crowd.
  • • Where cannabis prohibition protects no one but the hypocritical pretence that it does work, is the order of the day.
  • • Where costly new prisons always get the go ahead from Government, and young Maori are herded inequitably through the criminal justice system while cannabis enforcement evades any concept of cost-benefit accountability.
MildGreens believe Government is committing a major offense under the Health and Disabilities Act, by comprehensively failing in its obligation to “protect promote and improve the public health” aided and abetted by suppressing an evidence-based view of the impacts of a clearly deficient prohibition law.
And it is fraudulent harmful law says Blair Anderson of the MildGreens.

Because 'its not harm-minimisation' when NZ comes at the top of the international charts for drug use while official ministry of Health reports state ‘the large number of arrests for cannabis demonstrate considerable harm to users’ (national drug and alcohol policy 1996) - and this sort of critical evidence is deleted from the National Drug Policy record by unseen government hands.

Says Mr Anderson, “It is not just poverty and racism that afflicts NZ’s growing underclass, it is the intolerance and poverty of spirit that underpins NZ criminalisation status.”

While conscientious objectors and medicinal growers are locked away and advocates for law reform vilified, the REAL evidence base, time and time again, debunks the myth that prohibition/criminalisation of marijuana has any beneficial impact on reducing overall use.

Although on the surface prohibition appears to give results the public demand, it is in reality delivering only negativity and prejudice to NZ society representing“extremely poor value for the taxpayer dollar”.

"When the state unreasonably impinges on the individuals rights as it is on a vast prevalence scale with the criminalisation of a weed, you find there is an undercurrent of alienation and disaffection being bred."

"the principles underpinning NZ’s drug policy are supposed to be protecting us against unreasonable impingement and promoting equity and ‘harm reduction’but they do the exact opposite."

With regards to the current dilemma with Kronic, MildGreens point out that Minister Peter Dunne along with the unanimous House of Representatives must be suffering severe memory loss because in 2000 it passed law to specifically deal with ‘emerging drug threats’ using 'expeditious drug classifications by‘Order in Council’.

In 2004 the classification regulations were modified to include a restricted category in which BZP [herbal party pills] was temporarily scheduled and the schedule is apparently currently awaiting the synthetic indoles such as used on Kronic.

"So whats the hold up?"

MildGreens suggest that Government has painted itself into a corner by not recognising the criminalisation elephant in the room, and the glaring case for backing down on the unrealistic and inequitable 'in name only' cannabis ban.

Fixing whats broken is not rocket science say the MildGreens. "ALCP and NORML are right on the nail with a consistent R18 legal regulation message" – and ALCP has a primary issue, not merely a single issue, for the up an coming election. (link to intersectoral policy)

NZ's civil society needs to get real – "prohibition is a crock, and the current topsy turvy classifications need to be on a proper scale that takes precaution against prohibitions that do not work and are not justified.".

Mild Greens say it is time to ditch the ‘anti dope/pro liquor politics, heed the NZ Law Commission "Regulation and Control" review of the Misuse of Drugs Act, and tackle the basic inequity of NZs drug classification by putting Cannabis where it belongs in the restricted substance regulations' Class D'.
MildGreens remind the power brokers in John Key’s National government that even the Young Nationals in the 1990s were passing remits in support of cannabis decriminalisation. Likewise Labour was passing remits from the floor opening up the prohibitory can of worms that is criminal status of cannabis. [ see http://web.archive.org/web/20010603085830/http://www.alcp.orgnz/remit.jpg]

The MildGreens say it would be unwise to continue to pretend governance of the alcohol vices is served if we fail to resolve the inappropriate legal status and restore order and civility by regulatory control of the neighbouring intoxicants used by four out of five* of our young and maturing adults.

Cannabis in Class D resolves all that. Order in Council! ASAP!
And the elephant disappears.

Blair Anderson & Kevin O'Connell
Another MildGreen Initiative
Social Ecologists and longtime observer's of the National Drug Policy Condition
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*[ Joe Boden PhD, CHDS, 2010 address to Healthy Christchurch]
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Monday, July 25, 2011

Thinking at the Cutting Edge?

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Drug Use is a Disease?
So how did my kids catch it?
A psychologist with very strong opinions on whether legalization is a wise course is A. Thomas McLellan, PhD, (now former, he resigned) deputy director for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. As McLellan sees it, making marijuana more available will lead to more use, and more use will lead to greater dependence.
"Are you willing to say, 'Let's expand use, let's add another intoxicant into the public?' I don't like the odds," he says.
While noting that the cannabinoids found within marijuana show medicinal promise and will eventually be developed as a new class of pain reliever, smoked marijuana is not the best way to deliver those medical benefits, he says.
"Put it this way: We've got record unemployment, two wars, we have a bank collapse, a housing catastrophe. Oh, I know, let's add marijuana, let's add another intoxicant — that ought to fix things," McLellan says.
McLellan is the Keynote at New Zealand's biggest gathering of drug policy/health/treatment providers - see http://www.cuttingedge2011.org.nz/ 
Notably sponsored by Addiction Practitioners' Association Aotearoa-New Zealand.
The background on Tom McLellan makes for an interesting read, he married a former coke addict, had two kids, both had severe addiction problems one of whom dies at the hand of illicit drugs AND alcohol. He is no moraliser, seeing addiction as a disease. Sad. Really.  And this is supposed to inform debate at the Cutting Edge in New Zealand. 
Makes one wonder why have a Law Commission Review of Drug Policy at all?  Doh!
Blair Anderson 


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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Test of Reason, Logic and Justice

The right to possess without the right to purchase, the right to buy without the right to sell, and the right to freedom without the right to err make  barren the antecedent right, thus we either possess no rights at all or all rights absolutely. It is binary. We either have rights or we do not.

Rights neither begin nor end at state, national, religious or other artifical 'lines' in the minds of men. To suggest they do, puts waste to the testimony that rights are condtitutionaly embued by the oversight of the supremes.

There is no finer test of reason, logic and justice than the curious case of a plants biopsychosocial relationhip with man.
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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Cannabis, Containers and Ingesting Kids.

kiwibunz wrote (On Trademe Community)
I doubt that an addicted mother would even put the lid back on a childproof container. She needs to clean up her act and take proper care of her baby.

Addiction? [kiwibunz] your presuming that the presence of something equates to both addiction and/or misuse or heaven forbid 'harm'. Proper care may well have been the norm but for this incident/oversight.

child abuseImage by Southworth Sailor via FlickrIf we were to prosecute ALL cases of 'toddler' injury by ingestion we would have the toxic outcome of mothers 'afraid' to bring a child into medical care, the very perverse outcome the Judge in this case condemmed. Again I reiterate, this time for different reasons, the resorting to criminal sanction policy has consequences, some unintended, that may directly harm otherwise innocent children (and parents).
Those who call for (or support this Judge) such penalty are IN ALL LIKELYHOOD asking for a policy that endangers children more than it protects them.

A good analogy was the prosecution (child endangerment) of mothers post birth if they were found to have an illegal drug in their system. Of course it lead to greater harms. The policy was subsequently abandoned. Why did it get so bad to have too abandon the populist idea? Because no one did the POLICY IMPACT STATEMENT before adopting the flawed 'prevention' measure. Or if one was done - no politician was prepared to advocate best practice for fear of offending constituents - thus it was about votes over reason, evidence and logic.
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Monday, July 18, 2011

Child Proofing Cannabis, Future Proofing Children

Breast milk -- the original "breakfast of...Image by dfb via FlickrToddler consumes mother's cannabis joint

Before the Judge got his tits in a tangle and he had done some research on what is in mothers breast milk, he may have learned he too was given a dose or two of cannabinoids in his time. It is one of the essential flavonoids the suckling instinct craves for....

(see http://cat.inist.fr/?aModele=afficheN&cpsidt=14486974 )

Suggesting in more ways than just the prurient media interest in this story that ensures cretinous prejudices rise to the top, this is about maintaining prohibition. Yet no one notices that it occurred on prohibitions watch.

If cannabis was regulated under the "restricted substances regulations" it would have been sold in a childproof container....

This is a prohibition 'crime' that likely would never have occurred.

So all those who think the Judge is right.... hands up you losers! Your part of the "child endangerment" problem.
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Who are the Dopers?

The margins on kronic and its clones are astronomical. The pixie dust amount required to potentiate an otherwise non-addictive herb (note: no nicotine here) can be purchased and imported inside a letter envelope. Its purity makes it, like LSD, undetectable to canines. It's preparation (manufacture to law officials) is well... kids stuff, it is safe to make as long as your good with very accurate measures. No equipment required. So lets put this to a scale you and yours might understand.

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.

Note: there is the systemic 'drug' problem of today! We elect failure.

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
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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

What Teens Need To Know About Marijuana

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CFN - Teens are getting a lot of mixed messages about marijuana these days.

(From An Adult Who Uses Ten Grams A Day) by Russell Barth – July 9, 2011

At school, the teachers, cops, and so called “experts” come in and tell them that marijuana is addictive, that it causes cancer, brain damage, and mental illness, and that the use thereof will inevitably lead to the spiral of addiction to hard drugs. None of this is actually true.

A quick scan of google, and any teen might get get the idea that marijuana is some sort of “miracle cure” for everything from cancer, to MS, to depression. This is also not entirely true.

Then there is the whole legal hypocrisy of deadly drugs like tobacco and alcohol being sold and used, while something that is substantially less harmful can get them suspended from school, kicked out of the house, or even criminally charged. Teens notice this, even the “straight edge” kids who have no interest in any drugs see that this policy is nonsensical.

Confused, and feeling – quite accurately – like adults are a bunch of insane hypocrites who can’t be trusted, teens often turn to their friends, their siblings, older teens, and very young adults for advice. There, they often try pot, and thus their misconceptions are reinforced, mixed ‘n matched, and soon, the teen has no clue who or what to believe. Or is believing the wrong thing. This also puts them in danger.

Some people who first try marijuana are left hating it, thinking that the mild rush of anxiety that often comes with the first few tokes was actually the onset of a full-scale panic attack. “Oh, I tried it once and I freaked out!” is a sentence I have heard often from teens.

Some users fall in love with pot immediately, letting it consume their thoughts even when they are not using it. They often change their hair, clothing, decor, and lifestyle accordingly, as it sometimes becomes a hobby, an ongoing pass-time, their new “thing”. Similar things happen when people suddenly get excited about a sport, a fashion, or a musical genre in a really big way.

Most fall somewhere in the middle, using pot only occasionally for fun, but not pursuing it any further than a passing fancy.

As a Federally Licensed Medical Marijuana user, I have been prescribed 10 grams of pot per day to combat the symptoms of PTSD and fibromyalgia. I have to use that much, or suffer with my symptoms. There is nothing fun about it.

I use a variety of strains, all of which have been carefully selected to meet my symptom needs, though, I must admit, they all fall short. A cannabis “strain”, is much like a pure-bred dog: Breeders select male and female plants (from popular breeds that already exist) to enhance or reduce certain traits in the final product. The names of the strains are arbitrary, but they help users and growers understand what they are using and growing.

I am unfortunate in that I have a nearly superhuman tolerance to cannabis and many other drugs. Even using ten grams a day, my symptoms are only half-way alleviated and you would not notice any lethargy or slowing in my demeanor. I am also confident that I could pass any sobriety test. Guests who watch me medicate are astonished that I am not getting stoned.

The potency of the pot I use has not been tested in a lab, but growing techniques and other pertinent data suggests that most of them are producing bud with a THC rating of anywhere from 12-15%, and CBD rating of about 1-3%. One strain that I use is 6 and 6 percent, which is unusual. As good as it gets, basically.

Cannabis has dozens of proven medical applications and the studies are well-documented and easy to find on line. THC is one of only several therapeutic agents found in cannabis. Cannabinoids are found in different ratios, depending on the strain and the quality of the growing cycle, and these agents work synergistically with THC to produce the health benefits – and buzz – that pot is coveted for. There are many different cannabinoids, and scientists are just beginning to understand what they do and how they do it.

Every morning, I melt 3.3 grams into 70 ml of olive oil (350° in the oven for an hour), and drink that down with my breakfast. I get no buzz from this huge dose, but do get symptom relief. I do the same thing just before bed and it helps me sleep and I feel much more rested and energetic in the morning.

During the day, I use the remaining 3.3 grams through a Volcano Vaporizer. This device blows hot air (365°) over a screen chamber containing a level teaspoon (about 1/3 of a gram, or one joint’s worth) of ground bud. The vapors are collected in a bag, then inhaled from the bag using a mouth piece. Because the volcano does not destroy the bud the way fire does, it delivers four times the medicine that the same amount would if it were being smoked. Thus, it is much like smoking four joints in one short sitting, but with no tar or lung damage. None.

I smoke on occasion, usually when my asthma is bothering me or when I am particularly anxious, or when I am out in public. Just eating pot doesn’t do enough for me. Just using the volcano falls short most days as well. Smoking too. So I must constantly engage in all three methods to get the needed relief. And still, my symptoms are only half-way alleviated. Some people use cannabis in a balm, some even use balls of hashish as suppositories!

There are various studies – none of them conclusive enough for my taste – as to why some symptoms are better treated with edibles rather than smoked or vaporized cannabis, but they are still ongoing. There is not much data on why some people can get by on a gram a day while other people need over an ounce a day.

Okay, so one could easily get the idea that I am trying to get kids to try pot. Not so. There are several reasons people should avoid drugs – including pot, sugar, alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine – until they finish with puberty.

First off, until puberty is done, the brain is not yet done developing. The brain is still growing new tissue up until the ages of 19-25, so putting anything but good clean food into it is best avoided.

Next, the pot that most teens have access to is the “bottom shelf” stuff. Doesn’t matter if you are a rich kid, doesn’t matter if you think the guy who sells it to you is the coolest guy ever – take it from me: teens are smoking the dregs. By that I mean, the pot is usually weak, full of chemicals, and the money they spend on it eventually finds it’s way to some Very Serious People. People with guns. People who smuggle poor women from poor countries to work as prostitutes in wealthier countries. People who ship explosives and make meth and deal coke and who kill people.

These guys convert whole houses, steal hydro, and destroy property. They produce a product that is full of grow fertilizers because they are too lazy and greedy to “flush” the plants with water for the last two weeks of the flowering cycle. Fungus (live and dead), fungicide, pesticide, bugs (usually dead), and bug feces can all be found in abundance on “street weed”.

The smell is the give-away. Good pot should smell like potpourri – aromatic, like dried flowers. There should be a clean, fresh, herbal smell to the bud, and it should burn clean, leaving a white or grey ash. That chemical, skunky, acrid smelling stuff is the stuff you want to avoid. That black-ash and the burning headache behind your eyes should also give you a clue as to the low quality of the bud you just smoked.

Thing is, these chemicals are found in trace amounts in many of our foods, so it isn’t like they would be particularly dangerous if they were eaten. But the bio-availability of these chemicals when they are burnt and exposed to lung tissue is much greater than it would be in the gut. People can get lung infections and do permanent lung and throat damage smoking this stuff, never mind what those weird compounds might be doing to the rest of your body when it hits the bloodstream.

Then there is the nincompoop rabble who buy a book, a lamp, and a hand full of seeds from the local “head shop”, and try to finance their trip to europe by “selling dope”. What these guys usually end up with is a bunch of stringy plants with weak little buds – the pot heads’ equivalent of a tomato plant in a window box. By the time he factors in all the hydro, fertilizers, and hassle, the pot he grew in his dorm room (and smoked before he could sell any), probably cost him about $125 a gram.

Occasionally, a teen can connect with a clean(er) source of pot – like some “mom `n pop” grower who knows what they are doing, and they can worry less about things like chemicals and where their money will end up. But this is a rarity. Especially since most dealers are congenital liars who will tell people that the pot they sell is as clean as clean can be. Sometimes their suppliers are liars. Either way, teens are operating in an area where no one can be trusted, and everyone is looking to come out on top, and teens are the bottom of the totem pole.

Teens (and parents) need not worry about people “lacing” their purchase with anything like meth and cocaine, for a few reasons. First off, pot is cheap, and those drugs are expensive. No one is going to waste expensive product on cheap product, as it cuts into profits. In fact, we “legalizers” have been asking the police for years to show us even one lab report supporting the claim that pot is “laced” with anything, and they have not. But as I said, the pot they sell to kids is usually the stuff that adults turn their nose up at when offered.

But sometimes the dealer shrugs and says “Sorry, dude. Just sold my last quarter. Got some other goodies here, if you like.” So the teen, who was, until then, in search of a light-hearted buzz, is now left with the choice of making the best of this weirdo’s inventory, having a sober weekend, or calling all over town for the whole night trying to get clean bud. “Well… what have you got…?”

That, ladies and gentlemen, is how the “gateway” thing works. It isn’t that pot makes you want to chase a higher high, it is that dealers often have far more than just pot available for sale. Studies show that most people who use pot tend to use less hard drugs, less booze, and less prescription medications.

And don’t get the idea that there is some creep lurking in the park trying to ensnare your kids into the drug world. No one is out there trying to get your kid to try drugs. Get it into your heads, Canada: your children have an insatiable appetite for drugs of all kinds, and the dealers are barely able to keep up with the demand. And it is everyone’s fault.

Canadians smoke more pot per capita than any other country on earth. We smoke the most potent pot on earth, and admit to toking and then driving more than any other country on earth. We have had our population increase dramatically in the past few decades, and our roads are more crowded every year. Yet the per capita accident rate has been dropping. Some could conclude that all this pot use is actually making roads safer!

That said, driving high is just dumb. Pot is not like alcohol, and it does not impair every user every time. But it can impair. The slightest reduction in reaction time, the slightest distraction, can mean death. So people need to use common sense and, much like they should be doing with booze, give it some time to wear off.

Bringing drugs to school is as dumb as it gets. Schools are private property, usually owned by a community, and managed by hired specialists, but just like a restaurant or hospital, they are still private places. The people in charge can make the rules they want. If the school says no blue hats, then that is the rule. In my opinion, any kid dumb enough to bring their drugs to school needs to be held back a grade, because they are clearly not thinking straight.

Going to school high is also not cool at all. Imagine if you and your friends had a band. You have been working hard and have some songs together, and get a gig at a birthday party. If everyone pays attention and digs it, you will probably want to keep doing it, and do it well. If everyone is baked and non-responsive, or barely listening, then you are going to hate performing. Your teachers feel the same way, so show them the respect you would expect, and be sober in class.

If you are already a chronic user who wants to quit, you might notice a mild “withdrawal”. This usually consists of a few sleepless nights, restlessness, and some anxiety. I describe it to people as “an overwhelming feeling of boredom”. It will pass, as there is no physical dependance with cannabis use, just a sort of “re-adjustment” after the use is discontinued. Exercise and lots of water (and maybe finding something better to do with your time than getting high), will usually alleviate this feeling in a short while.

Now, about being “high”… the reason people have memory issues and reaction/motor problems with pot is because of how pot stimulates the brain. Areas of the brain that govern creativity and non-linear thinking are stimulated when cannabis is present, so, the imagination starts to broaden and wander. Many people mistake this for “added creativity”, whereas it is more like a person trying to carry a mattress. A single mattress is easy for one person to carry, but a double, or a queen, though still technically light enough to lift, is difficult to manage because it flops around and is cumbersome. This is what happens to the unaccustomed mind when using cannabis, and that is why it is a bad idea to drive or go to class high on pot.

Some people, like me, find the opposite is true. Cannabis focuses my anxious mind and allows me to keep my many responsibilities in order. Some teens say that they use pot to relax, to reduce stress, and to cope with the pressures of teen life. But how many other things are they doing that augment the problems? Maybe – just maybe – if they got more exercise, stopped drinking carbonated, sweetened, caffeinated drinks, and stopped playing 11 hours of intense video games every day, they would find it easier to relax.

There are some times when young people can use marijuana – like under the supervision of a health care providers and parents. ADHD, autism, and many other behavioral problems are being treated with cannabis in people as young as six, with resoundingly positive results. But that doesn’t mean that teens should be doing any self-medicating, it means the parents should be more educated and more involved.

Russell Barth

Educators For Sensible Drug Policy

Federally Licensed Medical Marijuana User
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Monday, July 11, 2011

Alcohol, Kids and (the) other drugs

Youth Culture - Mods & Rockers 1960s - 1970sNeither Law nor Education changes the pharmacology of alcohol and other drugs.

see Southland Times:  Hundreds of young children are being admitted to hospital for drug and alcohol overdoses every year

The Government is being frivolous with alcohol policy if they fail to integrate holistically, alcohols neighbouring intoxicants consistent with National [all] Drug Policy objectives. The legal vs illicit status of which is moot. Laws do not change the pharmacology, but they do change the set and setting, as we all to often see in the unintended consequences and deviancy amplification. Zero Tolerance is a poor model to try and do good. Like many of the nations elite schools of late, the double standards are increasingly problematic. Objective and evidence based education of import to youth administrators who are prepared to think 'beyond prohibition' will likely Google 'Rodney Skager' or checkout Professor Emeritus Rodney Skager's website "Beyond Zero Tolerance" for a Safety First approach to education and drugs. http://www.beyondzerotolerance.com.

Blair Anderson, Educators for Sensible Drug Policy
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Drug Lord, Most Popular Guy in New Zealand.

The most read story (TV3) says meet Matt Bowden, the man behind Kronic, the synthetic cannabis now on sale in New Zealand dairies.
Beats Thunderstorms, Tornadoes, Pike River, and Don Brash!
Cropped image of England rugby celebrations.Image via WikipediaBZP was very popular with the Barmy Army. Lets see what this new age liberalism does for the Rugby World Cup (and its sponsorship)
Class D in practice.... called for by harm reductionist, and social entrpreneur Matt Bowden.
Pity the Te Papa "Alcohol Action" folk didnt get to test the currency of debate last week.
Not one reference to managing alcohols neighbouring intoxicants despite the law commission saying one (policy analysis) would inform the other,
And no 'connect the dots' questions from the floor?
Not one!
/Blair
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Sunday, July 10, 2011

No Accounting the Thin Blue Line

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Police Drug Budgets are never accounted for. No performance criteria are met thus the policy is never tested against goals.

Police are contracted to deliver road safety in performance tested half hour increments.
In drug policy they are contracted to do nothing, achieve even less and do so with a bottomless pit (they are deficit financed) to draw upon.
It is bloody poor management. And the Police Minister knows it. As does the Minister of Justice. And the Minister of Health.
Such 'management' wouldn't pass muster in a UK police academy, why should we be asked to stump up millions in tax dollars without any policy impact statement ever being prepared, goals determined and shortfalls accounted. For the moment they do do that, there will be legislative implications... and that is both politically untenable and will see the end of the drug war job creation scheme for bullies.... 'patched gang members' of the thin blue line.

Remember... the BEER and HOTEL t-shirts worn by cops (and only cops) that featured in the racist Television show on drugs in Northland a few years ago "Dope: Behind the Smoke".

Some will recall the Police declaring why they had to use helicopters to spray cannabis. The danger to them from razor blades used to protect the illegal drugs... while showing a blue BIC safety razor and some limp leaves 'as if' it presented a threat to people innocently walking through the bush, and a threat to the safety of officers.  The televised 'testilying' so these pricks (read: social pariahs, no apology offered) promoting alcohol and where it is sold can bust cannabis plants 'to look good' looks all the more stupid.

No doubt they will be knocking at my door soon enough.....

Blair Anderson 


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The "L" Word

Synthetic Cannabis is a unhelpful description albeit an invention of politics and media. The active constituents of the herbal highs acts on the same receptors as the natural cannabinoids found in Cannabis Sativa, but they are no more synthetic cannabis than we would expect to be sold synthetic tomatoes, lettuce or an artificial beer.  It is a smokable substrate with a 'pure' and thus potentially accurate concentration of a cannabimimetic indole added to it. Yes, it is synthetic, but so is sugar replacements, aspirin and much of the vitamin C we consume by the bucket load.
The "Restricted Substances Regulations" make provisions for the controlled and regulated sale of psychoactive soft drugs with proviso for accurate labelling, restrictions on advertising and place of sale etc. This by any other language would be called what it is. Legalised.
It is a world first to tolerate USE of drugs under the aegis of the Misuse of Drugs legislation.
And the sooner we realise that is how we should manage cannabis the better off we will all be. For by all reason and logic, it is the failed prohibition of cannabis that has lead to this curious and predictable outcome.
Of course had we regulated cannabiss back in 2008 when the required amendments were passed by the Anderton/Clark caucus, Police Officer Len Snee would in all probability be alive today and not one of the unintended consequences of this disastrous expensive inequitable policy.

Blair Anderson / Educators for Sensible Drug Policy, New Zealand
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Saturday, July 09, 2011

Old Enough to Judge!

SAFED, ISRAEL - MARCH 07:  A worker at a canna...Image by Getty Images via @daylifeGreencross has been targeted by an undercover police operation.
Billy Mckee has been busted, and is facing four charges of possession for supply.
Billy has also had his computer seized, and is currently locked out of facebook. (see support page)
Full details and information not yet available.
Time for action!
Billy is in a wheelchair, and has severve nerve pain and will die without cannabis.
The NZ Law Commision just released a review on the misuse of drugs act 1975 MODA and said clinical trials needed asap, and for police to not arrest medical users in the meantime.
Many of Greencrosses members are elderly.
Consider: If your over 45 years old.....
Approximately 10 million Americans over the age of 50 have osteoporosis and 80% of them are women. An additional 34 million Americans have low bone mass or osteopenia which predisposes them to developing osteoporosis. New research is now revealing that the endocannabinoid system plays a significant natural roll in the development of bone mass, leading to the question of whether or not medicinal cannabis can play a roll in fighting osteoporosis.
The word osteoporosis means "porous bones," and is associated with the aging process. It is a condition in which our bones lose their mineral content and mass, becoming more fragile and prone to fractures. Any bones can be affected, but the hip and spine are the most vulnerable. It is estimated that one in two women and about one in four men over the age of 50 will suffer from an osteoporosis-related fracture during their lifetime. (more)
How old do you think the Billy's Judge (or his wife) might be?
Blair Anderson 


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Friday, July 08, 2011

House of Commons On Pot

UK: 1969: HoC: "Marijuana intoxication may be accompanied by such physical and psychic manifestations as thirst, hunger, craving for sweet foods, nausea, dizziness, abdominal pain, drowsiness, irritability, delusions of grandeur or persecution, uncontrollable hilarity, talkativeness, apprehension, mental confusion, prostration, depression, inarticulate speech and delirium. I am sure that some hon. Members would remind us that certain of those conditions are possible in the House of Commons without smoking "pot".
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COPS, Northland and Corrupt Policy

Notably, while this day a Northland by-election is in progress and the law forbids me and this newspaper from proselytising any cause on behalf of any candidate, the lack of robust debate surrounding this subject and the clear and obvious exclusion of certain candidates from public media smacks of the proven (AUT Media Studies) collusion between media and Police. That elsewhere in this same paper, two former top cops Ross Meurant and Patrick O'Brian demonstrate the grave flaw in 'law and order' and civil society's so called management of drug policy. So with cannabis being the MOST prevelent problematic issue, why has there been no robust discussion in Northland - with Maori targeted for extra punishment why no 'tensions are resolved' smacks of white privilege Jim Crow enforcement being du jour.... 
We cannot fix Alcohol without fixing the neighbouring intoxicants of choice, to pretend otherwise is to entrench failure and hail it as a profound success.

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Blair Anderson 
50 Wainono Road, WAINONI, 8061

ph nz  (643) 389 4065   nz cell 027 265 7219
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