It’s funny having watched Gower endlessly angst over if cannabis should have been legalised or not when coming face first up against a real drug like meth.
This is what has always amazed me about us as a culture, we allow tobacco and alcohol which are far more lethal than weed to be sold while pretending cannabis is even in the same league of drugs as meth.
If drugs were rugby, meth is the All Blacks on steroids while cannabis is the First 15 from the Grey Lynn Intermediate School.
Gower’s journalism matters. Middle Nu Zilind trust him and cosmopolitan millennials who think The Project is current affairs like him. The talent factory at ZM think of him as John Pilger – if they had any idea who John Pilger was.
Gower’s revelations of how dangerous the meth trade has now become will make meth an election issue.
The approach required is going to be harsh but is a necessary medicine if we are to get this drug out of NZ.
And we really must. Gower’s conversation with Mexican Drug Cartels should see the elimination of meth as a national security issue.
Let me be as clear as I can for my fellow New Zealanders. I know you think you know crime, I’m certain you think you know the Mongrel Mob, Black Power, Head Hunters etc etc are bad. You’ve had dick head politicians pretending that our domestic gangs were some major danger to society.
Which is bullshit.
The domestic gangs have come about through alienation, poverty and cultural resentment. To conflate them to serious organised crime misdiagnoses the problem.
What is happening now is an unprecedented moment in the NZ crime landscape.
501s bringing a level of violence from the Australian underworld into NZ has created a vast power struggle between the domestic gangs and the 501 syndicates. The syndicates have Mexican cartel contacts and this is what has sparked a meth price and turf war.
Allowing the South American Cartels ANYWHERE near us is extremely dangerous.
NZ is the sleepy Shire, the South American Cartels are the Nazgul. Allowing the Nazgul to set up a local store in the weekend organic Hobbit Farmers Market doesn’t bode well for the Hobbits.
There must be a multi pronged response to get the Cartels out of here. They bring with them an uber violence and sophistication of corruption outside the scope of our experience.
We stop this now or we will become irreparably corrupted.
There needs to be a sit down with the Police hierarchy and domestic gangs to work together to remove the 501 syndicates.
The Police form a heavily armed and protected unit who hunt those syndicates.
Special prison wings created for the 501s with long term rehabilitation programs alongside long sentences.
Curtail demand by legalizing Cannabis & MDMA while making LSD, mushrooms and Ketamine prescription micro dosing.
Deal with the current meth epidemic by spending a billion each year on 14 month rehabilitation programs for those addicted to meth.
We have to heal the addicted, ruthlessly punish the syndicates and curtail demand by legalizing other drugs.
We must do everything to keep the Cartels out, watering down demand, eliminating market share and locking up franchisees are our best bet.
This will start becoming a major political problem if some new thinking isn’t urgently brought in.
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