It’s great that Peter Dunne has woken up in the modern era, but if we are going to discuss cannabis, let’s actually discuss cannabis

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The lies this Government and many Government’s before it, have told NZers about cannabis are becoming so impossible to keep in place that even the man who has voted every time in favour of booze and tobacco has to reluctantly and begrudingly admit defeat…

Peter Dunne backs NZ clinical trials for medicinal cannabis
Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne has backed the idea of New Zealand hosting clinical trials for medicinal cannabis products, saying they would help the Government to gather more evidence about their effectiveness.

Medicinal cannabis has been in the spotlight after former Council of Trade Unions president Helen Kelly, who has terminal lung cancer, said she was using cannabis oil from the black market and wanted sick New Zealanders to have more access.

Dunne told TVNZ’s Q+A he supported the idea of New Zealand hosting clinical trials for new products that could expand the range of medicinal cannabis options for Kiwis.

…when a great NZer like Helen Kelly has to become a criminal to gain cannabis for pain relief, you know the establishment have no choice but to give an inch, but after so many NZers locked up in prison, after so many abuses of power by the Police and after so much misery inflicted upon people for little more than smoking a joint, are we honestly so beaten down that we’ll simply accept this inch?

If we are going to debate cannabis reform, let’s bloody well discuss cannabis reform!

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Medicinal cannabis is a no brainer and that it has taken this long for the Government to finally get around to admitting it is a reflection upon them, not the debate. The issue however is allowing pharmaceutical companies to move in and profit gauge. Cannabis in it’s natural form is a far better alternative than $1200 synthetics.

It is time to legalise and regulate the cannabis market, decriminalisation and medicinal cannabis are simply not far enough.

If we want to protect children and those under 18 from inheriting the negative impacts of cannabis, regulation will do far more than the current situation that has  tinny houses near schools will.

Between 2007-2013, 890 NZers have been imprisoned for possession of cannabis and a bewildering 737 NZers have been imprisoned for possession of a cannabis pipe.

Let’s look at those numbers again…

PUNISHING DRUG USE
How New Zealand has treated minor drug offenders over six years:
CANNABIS POSSESSION

Charges: 17,931
Convicted: 13,131
Imprisoned: 890

Maximum penalty: 3 months in prison and/or a $500 fine

CANNABIS UTENSIL
(SUCH AS A PIPE)

Charges: 11,057
Convicted: 7,563
Imprisoned: 737

…so many NZers needlessly sent through the judicial system for possession of cannabis and or possession of a bong. Look at the misery these laws have created.

In Colorado where cannabis is now legal and taxed, they are looking at a $125million windfall in taxation for 2015

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…and that’s on top of spending less policing it, less arresting people for it and less spent on incarceration. It’s a win, win, win situation.

For those still clinging to some sort of public health idea, turns out cannabis is 114x less damaging than booze…

Research published in the journal Scientific Reports calculated down the risk of death associated with common substances such as alcohol, marijuana, and other recreational drugs. According to the study, alcohol is the deadliest substance of all, followed by heroin, cocaine, tobacco, ecstasy, and meth. All the way at the bottom of the list is cannabis, which is about 114 times less deadly than alcohol, according to the findings.

…it’s just painful that we can’t legalise cannabis and even more painful that we have to put up with the nonsense that prohibition is about our health when this government rams through Parliament legislation to allow the pubs to stay open 72 hours for the Rugby World Cup.

We are a nation of full blown drunks with all the political maturity of a can of coke. It is booze, tobacco, sugar and fast food we need to re-regulate in a meaningful way if health concerns are the issue and cannabis needs to be regulated if we want to stop being hypocrites.

Let’s actually have a debate about cannabis like adults rather than allow a pro booze and pro tobacco puppet like Dunne treat us like children.

15 COMMENTS

  1. Well said Martyn! 🙂 1000% right. I can see myself having pain issues probably not so far into the future, Cannabis is a better reliever than killing off your liver with pills. Even the red neck US has legalised the lot in some states. Dunne represents the pathetic ahole of the our establishment and all its senseless reaction.

    • Cannabis cafes set to open all around Britain as law changes
      http://gu.com/p/jan7?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

      Common sense at last. Will NZ follow suit? Not likely! No need for synthetic cannabis now! Sorry Peter Dunn look after us instead of your Big Pharma mates.

      “Ward has recruited pensioners to grow cannabis for him, supplying them with seeds and growlights, and has had expressions of interest from dozens more. ‘It helps them to pay the winter fuel bills. They are angry about being lied to all these years about how dangerous cannabis is,’ he said. A report last week from the Government’s Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs concluded cannabis was less dangerous than alcohol or tobacco”.

  2. National is the most pro-drug government we have ever had …. as long as the drug is alcohol.

    Alcohol has a monopoly in the legal recreational drug market and it is ‘pushed’ with $200 Million spent per year in marketing and advertising.

    It is involved in approximately 50% of our murders and 30% of all violent crime ………..

    If we properly regulated Alcohol and legalized/regulated the much safer drug Cannabis we would be closing the new Serco private prisons…. as they would be empty.

    P.s Dunne is a flip flopping turn coat rat who has previously called Cannabis being used for medicine ” Garbage “, ( In an email sent to the then head of a medicinal cannabis lobby group, Greg Soar) .

  3. Hey Bradbury, where does teh Labour party policy stand on decriminilisation/legalisation???

    Still back in the 20th century no??? Still, dodging, ducking, dipping, diving, and dodging for cover on this issue.

    I have heard no public statements from the champions of the working class – perhaps this working class man and criminal was too busy trying to earn a crust to hear them.

  4. 100% agreed. Why hasn’t anyone initiated a legalisation referendum to force the Government to at least acknowledge the issue and get a debate started – I know I’d sign it. It would easily get a 70% pro-legalisation vote imo, which future Governments would ignore at their own peril. Euthanasia is another one. Makes the “repeal the anti-smacking law” referendum seem so trivial in comparison, but that one somehow happened!

    • Some drug law reform activists agreed that it’s come time for a citizens-initiated referendum, and have been discussing the possible timing. It would make sense to have the actual vote at the same time as the next general election, to force the parties and the media to treat it as a serious election issue. That means we would need to start collecting the signatures early next year, and we urgently need to come to a broad agreement about exactly what the question should be. If you are interested in supporting a referendum effort, please contact a drug law reform organisation, or a political party you support which has a policy to legalize cannabis, and help us get the conversation happening.

  5. Cannabis cafes set to open all around Britain as law changes
    http://gu.com/p/jan7?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

    Common sense at last. Will NZ follow suit? Not likely! No need for synthetic cannabis now! Sorry Peter Dunn stop looking after Big Pharma and look after us for a change.

    “Ward has recruited pensioners to grow cannabis for him, supplying them with seeds and growlights, and has had expressions of interest from dozens more. ‘It helps them to pay the winter fuel bills. They are angry about being lied to all these years about how dangerous cannabis is,’ he said. A report last week from the Government’s Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs concluded cannabis was less dangerous than alcohol or tobacco”.

  6. I think the general public would be much safer if the drug of choice were legalised cannabis rather than alcohol. Traffic fatalities and violent incidents in Colorado have come down since legalisation.

  7. and if national were particularly clever…they would legalise now…so it doesn’t become an issue in ’17 election…

    ..and remember people..!..finally..it is not a matter of ‘if’ legalisation happens..it is a matter of ‘when’..

    ..do national really want to give labour/greens this one on a platter for ’17..?

    (remembering that high support for ending prohibition from most…(which is also evident here..)..and the recent landslide victory in canada for a candidate promising full legalisation of recreational-pot..

    ..national would do well to heed those markers…)

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