Bob McCroskie is right about one thing regarding cannabis, Most New Zealanders do not want to see “Big Cannabis” and a commercial industry like the scourge the liquor industry is for New Zealand. The rest of his muddled article insults the intelligence of the average cannabis user in this country. If statistics are to be believed that’s about 400,000 Adults in New Zealand who have used or are currently using cannabis. His claim that cannabis is addictive and the goal of the industry is to get you addicted is nonsense. Big Cannabis want to grow cannabis here and export to other countries. I am not in favour of New Zealand being the producer of any product for an overseas market as we have seen the harm caused by fishing out our fish stocks and dairy farming trashing our land and war ways.
The costing of the big start-up Companies are completely out of touch with the falling prices of cannabis globally, plus as cheap as cannabis is to grow, the cost of shipping couldn’t be more expensive. I doubt the “BIG GUYS” will get off the ground until they price for a more realistic model.
Bob, has visited Colorado once he states, well, I have been visiting Colorado since the 1980s and can state that the sky did not fall in. A short history lesson, Mason Tvert successfully campaigned in Colorado for cannabis legalisation because it is less harm to public health than alcohol and won .
To use the word dope suggests Bob hasn’t really understood what cannabis is and how it is used. Yes, there are some very strong strains of cannabis available but that is like a comparison between beer, wine and spirits. Yes, some cannabis products are very strong, but their purpose is for medical use and to use a tiny amount. RSO (Rick Simpson Oil) or FECO is full extract Cannabis oil, and it is a product used as a concentrate to treat cancer. Bob omits the fact that cannabis has been used as a medicine for 4,000 years and is mentioned in Greek texts, Indian and Chinese medicine without a single death.
Some of the big fat lies Bob Tells are the uptake in youth, In fact where cannabis is legal in US states youth use is low. In the Netherlands where cannabis use has been de facto legal, since the 1970s, youth use is half or less than it is here in New Zealand. The largest group pf people using cannabis are people Bobs’ age and older. People who have spent a life using other pain medication are flocking to their dispensaries and doctors to obtain cannabis pain relief. It works and unlike Opiate use, doesn’t cause constipation, and is not addictive. There is a drug crisis in America and it is doctor prescribed opioid epidemic.
I also challenge Bob about his false ideas about cannabis and suicide. I think the fear of the law, court process and prosecution contribute more to our suicide toll than use of cannabis. I have had years of experience working with youth and know that the establishment of our Youth Courts and Drug Courts are making a big difference to these offenders.
Bob is not a counsellor or even a mental health professional. He cherry picks statistics to suit himself but is clearly ignorant of seeing a clear picture. It is refreshing to see that the only opposition to Cannabis legalisation is a sad old man who is dishonest and deluded.
Dip T, B.Ed, Drug and alcohol Counselling, Post Grad D Heal Sci.