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, February 19, 2017

What happened to J-Day and the MMM?

Someone asked on Facebook where is the information regarding the J-Day / Mayday events for Christchurch.The reason there is no ChCh info is one that has plagued the cannabis movement - factionalism and failure to honour that when good folk initiate action, there is a both a sense of ownership AND responsibility that accompanies that, a duty of care to foster it well, to promote and encourage, to enable and embrace. So when that 'works' (and it did) others who have said, felt,  for whatever reason, that 'that person's initiative' is unwelcome... is not entitled to, or isn't doing what 'they want' them too, then they pile the shit on. So good folk are discouraged, walk away or lose interest. The networks, knowledge, skills, and history are lost too. [This is not just the domain of activists, this happens inside of academia and policy makers as well]

Twenty plus odd years ago, NORML (NZ) wanted nothing to do with the Million Marijuana March as it was seen is irrelevant to them... (it was originally started by friend's of mine in the NY based yippie movement at #9 Blecker St, subsequently fostered by Cannabis Culture and Marc Emery) and it added Christchurch right into the mix as 'kicking' the global event off. That 'status' gave it legs. Prior to that, Christchurch had a number of sigificant 'High Noon' J-Day is May Day protest events that would attract to Cathedral Square, some 700+ attendees (1996) thanks to the exemplar work of the likes of Richard Arachnid, Warren Bryson and others. [Being downwind was a joy.....] the day coincided with the "Cures not Wars" meme, and was supported by spectacular posters that soon carried the major events in NZ message to a global audience of some 300 cities... inclusive of NORML as organisers in those other local kiwi events etc.

[Actually, only Auckland University's AUNorml was ever affiliated to its US namesake. Organisers of the weekly campus smokeins and the largest membership 'club' within the nations uni's, Graeme Watson (RIP) and Kevin Cairns, were both honorary MildGreens and contributing supporters of the Christchurch reform movement, inc ALCP]

The "MildGreens" even brought out to NZ a NORML (USA) exec, board member (Clifford Wallace Thornton) who greatly helped to put some glue between the respective initiatives. (As we also did with Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP))

Media took this stuff seriously.... (NORML didnt, until they saw how well it was working)

It is with some chagrin, I can say that the MP who would have likely lead the cannabis reform (having successfully moved prostitution in from the cold), Tim Barnett, who said 'the hotbed of cannabis reform was in Christchurch"....

For me.... As I have done every year bar one (I did it in Wgn) since those early days.... I take personal responsibility to launch the "Cures Not Wars" Global Marijuana March in Cathedral Square before 'marching' to the other square of ChCh, "Latimer" so selected for its connection to beliefs and commitment... (google "Oxford Martyrs")

Missy Griggs : I think J-Day in NZ was so named well before the Jay Day Stazter / NY tie in, but, either way, it is none the less yet another interesting coincidence / zen moment in the never ending story I walk in.

Most any poster I have made regarding J-day has always had the Cures Not Wars embedded.

Blair Anderson
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Monday, February 13, 2017

Informed Consent Informs Pot Policy

So why is it that I can choose  a process some might regard as crucial to health best practice - "informed consent" and reject chemo, radiation, immunology, statins, even Aspro. I can do this and still have the support of my GP. SO why do I need to go begging to a busy, expensive specialist who must then interface with a Health official for something that is (a) intrinsically safe, (b) low cost, (c) supported in science (d) and MY CHOICE?
Indeed when it comes to informed consent, why should I need to do anything just because a Doctor says, or doesn't say....
Ipso facto, what I do, or choose not too is a matter between me and my Doctor. (cf: Rolleston Method)

What if I am sensitive about my health status, for ACC or Health Insurance? Or just because, well, just because, OK!   (see )

Someone needs to read the Ottawa Charter
Blair Anderson
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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Heavy use of Cannabis, How much is too much?

English: Cannabis
English: Cannabis (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
It would be useful, and instructive to the public who have reservations about cannabis consumption that the parameters of low, moderate and heavy use were indicated.
There are some who believe bogarting a joint is 'too much' ;-) as it indicates a propensity to need to smoke more than socially 'fair', there are some who will smoke in private away from that 'communal' setting we all know so well.... again indicating a need or propensity 'for more'. This moves through the set and setting spectrum where illegal status means consumption 'to dispose of evidence' through to levels where heavy use is defined as 'more than' ten thousand joints over five years as the threshold under which consumption is just moderate.
Each has its own parameters... ranging from 'getting out to lunch' occasionally or more, to occasional in social (and often safe) settings or for some 'topping up' moderately throughout the day.
I suspect the peredontal downside is deserving of more research around the mode of use and set and setting. The gold standard NZ studies (there are two, one longitudinal and one multidisciplinary) are conducted in a context of a heavily enforced prohibition against which four out of five childbearing age adults in the study have used cannabis illegally more than five times.
The illegal status itself leads to significant downsides in outcomes, both mentally, socially and physically. Clearly, there is more to be learned but to discuss health outcomes from this body of research without stating that this research is from a cohort that endures a social set that fosters paranoia, overt and covert prejudice, penalisation, corruption and mistrust is disingenuous if not perverse.
I, along with other researchers (and consumers) argue that whatever downsides do exist they are offset by displacement of other more harmful activities/ingestable's.
Alcohol manufacturers, distributors, marketers and oversight bodies such as ALAC know this. The medical professions reservations about cannabis are at odds with the social burden Alcohol alone contributes.
for more info see

Blair Anderson
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