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

Thursday, April 17, 2014

LTE: On the making of good law; first enable reason.

While there is a tautology, illegal because it is immoral, and immoral because it is illegal, the presence of cannabis and its use in NZ is endemic. It is everywhere. Across all demographics.
NZ passed the correct law to embrace and D-classify cannabis, and implement management back in 2008. It was Hon Anderton and Rt Hon Clark's last caucus initiative implementing a R18 partial prohibition in three erudite pages of fine law that was 'world class'. And it didn't do Clark any harm for her career. It did become law the very day John Key became Right and Honourable.

Matters relating to the stymied 'politics' that lead to the subsequent dysfunctional response from Messrs Dunne et al was explored objectively by fellows of the Dunedin Law Faculty at a crucial and important symposium on cannabis law held in the same year hosted by none other than the very Otago Norml  folk being vilified here.

University life is about exploring the edges of reason, and this is one such case. The response by campus watch, and proctors, is the modern equivalent of book burning.

Naysayers and inparticular politicians with the ostrich syndrome have a big lesson coming. There is no political will for continued prohibition of cannabis, exemplified by a Cambell Live poll of 16000 Kiwi folk, 84% desire a seachange in our drug policy. It it isn't half about time. To continue to pretend 16% have 'the answer' is about as anal as public policy gets. It is just a shame we havent got the collective nouse in the house to make it so.

see Campbell Live poll shows people think marijuana decriminalisation is good.

So VOTE. And insist that ANY POLL includes ALL the PARTIES standing on the hustings this election.

The true measure of our collective will cannot be embraced while the ALCP [Cannabis Party] is exluded 'from the polls', as if the issue didnt exist.

Eighty four percent support is a game changer.

Such overdue reform may yet be NZ's most profound global peace initiative since that other great campus contrary to status quo initiative "Nuke Free."

I say University is there to support "Cognitive Liberty" - Democracy depends on it. Anything else is tyranny of the minority.

Blair Anderson 
Social Ecologist 'at large'
Christchurch, New Zealand
ph nz  (643) 389 4065   nz cell 027 265 7219
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