I pray that the cannabis referendum passes.
I believe that cannabis prohibition has been one of the most spectacular social policy failures NZ has ever embarked upon.
Empowering organised crime, needlessly persecuting vast swathes of the population (usually with a very racist bent), the cost to our judicial system, allowing the bloody cops enormous and intrusive powers into our lives and the billions we have ignored in taxation are all righteous reasons to smash this bloody law now.
I believe a regulated market as promoted by the referendum is the EXACT intelligent approach for us to take.
So why are the polls suggesting that the referendum will be so bloody close?
The religious American right are spending a fortune here on the ‘nope to dope’ campaign after they were conned into funding this alongside the anti-abortion nonsense but that doesn’t go far enough to explaining why a referendum that is so righteous should be facing such a steep up hill battle, especially when ALL the evidence highlights the current farce of a law is counter productive in the extreme.
So what is happening?
I think we have too many pointy heads leading the debate and not enough cone heads.
The Drug Foundation are pointy heads and the Helen Clark Foundation is the pointiest of heads and they of course were needed in this debate because the middle had to be won over, the problem I think is that the actual stoner community, those NZers who use cannabis regularly, have been utterly alienated and ignored in this sanitised debate and as such they aren’t turning up to the fight.
Now, there are plenty of reasons for avoiding the domestic cannabis community, as someone who has been inside that community for some time, I appreciate the near impossibility of herding these cats into any type of order. Their suspicion, life long grudges with other activists and general paranoia make them almost impossible to engage with, but engage with them someone must if we are tp get the extra 5% to win this.
I suggest grabbing someone at this late stage who has infinite credibility with that community, someone like Nandor to front a campaign to get the stoner community to the polls. With the new rules on same day enrolment and booths in malls and supermarkets this election, we’ve never had a better chance of getting that stoner vote to the polls.
The sanitised pointy heads of The Drug Foundation and Helen Clark Foundation are great and necessary to win the support of the buttoned down proper middle NZ soccer mum electorate but by alienating the current stoner community we risk not winning at all.
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