“The war on drugs hasn’t worked in the past 20 years, so it’s time to change to a more compassionate and restorative approach,” Nash (Minster of Police) said. (Stuff 2 Jan 2019)
Perhaps the Minister of police read my previous post on Daily Blog: on legalising dope?
The essence of my proposition is: The State should become the provider of goods currently provided by the Black Market (which means gangs and organised crime), and thereby nullify the impact of crime syndicates which can and do e.g. Noriega in Panama and Escobar in Columbia -ultimately control governments and/or pervade the Hallowed Halls of power with bribes.
I have a book soon to be launched: MY LIFE OF CRIME where these realities of life in luvly leafy New Zilind, are played out in novel presentation.
But back to issue in hand: Black Markets impact.
1. Read my blog above if you have not already, which debunks the myth of police winning the battle against drugs
2. Let’s take a different angle on the same problem: Illicit ivory trade.
The above link explores the theft of national treasures belonging to the State of Russia.
Mammoth tusks taken from a receding perm a frost.
Take a look at the exquisite carvings produced by Chinese artists who buy in the stolen Mammoth remains.
I viewed recently on Russian TV (I speak Russian) where these “stolen treasures”, bought from bandits for a pittance, are sold in Hong Kong for multimillion-dollar prices.
Reverting now to my case that the more sensible remedy or policy for dealing with the extensive and powerful underworld networks that flourish on goods people want, being made illegal.
In the case of the illicit Mammoth trade, logic suggests to me that once Russia has its museums well stocked with these relics of the past, they might enter into the industry of carvings and artilects created from Mammoth tusks.
Why? You might ask.
Because mass production by Russian state agencies will flood the market and emasculate the Black market.
This is the case I make for legalising drugs – with variations.
And this same model with variations, may well save the elephants of Africa. For example, instead of burning stockpiles of elephant ivory confiscated from bandits, why should not a state agency of an African nation, flood the market with carved artefacts?
Axiomatic, I reckon.
After 21 years as a cop, Meurant resigned with the commissioned rank of inspector O/C Criminal Intelligence Section & V.I.P. Security; a nationwide profile role as a Red Squad riot group commander and an earlier reputation as a ruthless detective with a tendency to enforce the rule of police.
During 9 years as a Member of Parliament and the Executive as Under Secretary, he was accused of being an arms trader; was fired from the Executive by Jim Bolger for having a perceived conflict of interests (becoming a director of a Russian bank) and started the first political party to be registered under MMP.
After 4 years in the wilderness teaching kids to ride horse and property developing, he returned to Wellington as parliamentary adviser to Rt Hon Winston Peters where allegations of conflicted interests with roles he had with three major fishing companies and a race horse baron and later in false allegations of corruption culminating in the Scampi Enquiry.
From 2005 Ross lived abroad pursuing commercial options in Zimbabwe, the Balkans, Czech Rep, Syria, Russia, Morocco, UAE, Iran & North Korea.
Today in New Zealand he is trustee and managing director of NZ forestry and property assets owned by absentee Russians & Honorary Consul for Morocco.
Ross has a B.A. in politics; a Master’s in economics and law and COPs in law. He speaks Russian, rides horses and water-skis.
He is the author of:
Two biographies: The Red Squad Story & Beat to the Beehive.
Two novels: The Syrian Connection & Sex, Power and politics.