So Laila Harre has seized the initiative… and the high ground on Cannabis Law reform.
Good for her!
I chuckle because this will test the bonds of the Internet Mana Marriage.
Will Hone Harawera do a ‘Hone Banksy’ on her?
We all witnessed last election ‘Righty Hone Banks’ knife his dear leader, Don Brash for publicly expressing his views that Cannabis should be de-criminalised.
We all know this treacherous disloyalty cost the Act party and Don Heavily … though Banksy still got his Baubles of power.
Consequently Acts support under ‘National Banks’ sunk to absolute Zero.
(Did Banksy and his Fascist Faction really think Freedom lovers would support such a Carnie side show?)
From all the rhetoric I have herd from ‘lefty’ Hone Harawera… he is as anti- Decriminalisation as his Pakeha counterpart to his Right.
Things could get ugly for Laila… just as they did for Don.
This could be an interesting week in politics.
As a Libertarian, I am always hoping that more, and more parties adopt policies in favour of ending prohibition on Cannabis because to achieve such reforms through parliament and maintain them requires a broad multi-party consensus.
And thinking more about this one must ask the obvious question as to where the hell is Act’s new Brash-man Jamie Whyte on this Issue?
What can voters infer from his silence that either he doesn’t give a shit, or that the great Fraudulent Liberal prohibitionist Banksy still wearing the Pants in the Act party?
Why is it that all we hear from James is all about *Business*…. nothing about individual freedom and responsibility?
Why the hell has he allowed The Lefty Freaks of Internet Mana seize the High ground on this fundamental issue of Personal freedom?
Am I the only one who thinks this is farcical?
It’s quite embarrassing for Act… or should be.
How can Act claim to be the part of Personal Freedom and Anti- Nanny State when they are being out shined on this important matter???
Come on Jamie….
Are you going to let the Lefty Freaks win all the support that is out there for Cannabis Law Reform?
Are you only concerned with Business interests?
Where is your stuff on Freedom and getting rid of Socialist Nannyism?
Why Do You think silence is the best policy?
I think you are letting one of your greatest opportunities slip through your hands…
Rather than standing tall like a Beacon in stormy Seas you appear to be just another Grey suited politician whom calculates that conservatism on such issues is the best way to ‘win a seat at the table’.
I should not have to point out what a monumental *Fail* such Compromises have historically proven to be for Act.
Power without principles is hopeless.
That sort of wet flannel politics is why they have achieved absolutely *Zero* for all their time in parliament (worse than zero actually if you count the Super city fiasco)… and it is why Act have no credibility today.
How about growing a pair and showing some Brash principles… rather than playing possum on such a vital, yet contentious issue!
Brash was onto something great.
His biggest mistake was getting John Banks into the Act Party.
John Banks has achieved nothing but being the flunky for John Key.
Is a vote for Jamie Whyte’s Act *still* nothing more than another vote for John Key’s National party?
It seems that way from where I’m sitting.
Read>>>> GLOBAL COMMISSION ON DRUG POLICY
Read about Laila Harre’s press release >>>> Here <<<< Read more from me .... Tick…Tock… Tick… Puff Puff. Where does Act’s Jamie Whyte stand on Cannabis Law Reform?
The following is a few excerpts from a very Bold New`Zealander whom has the audacity to question many Mainstream pet political superstitions.
Mike is revered for his substantial efforts to expose the lies of Waitangi treaty separatism.
Today he challenges the lies and exaggerations of the NZ Police in respect to their Propaganda campaign designed to justify their oppressive war against Meth amphetamine.
I make a few short comments on the bottom.
“Details of the number of clan-lab busts and information on the harm likely to occur from living in a property where meth-amphetamine has been produced shows that the scale of the problem has been substantially overstated.”
“Having established that the incidence of illegal manufacture of P is quite rare, how harmful is it to live in a dwelling where such illegal manufacture has occurred.
The best that Ministry of Health guidelines can say is: “Though often found in small amounts, clandestine methamphetamine laboratory (clan meth lab) contaminants may pose health hazards to people exposed to them” – with the operative word being “may”. (1)
Burns, tissue irritation and rashes can be the consequence of chemical spills and skin contact. Other health effects such as nausea, dizziness and headaches can result from the inhalation of vapours and gases.
A request under the Official Information Act on the numbers of illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths resulting from methamphetamine contamination or fires from P labs shows no record of such hospitalizations, with a note that the collected data does not have any codes to record such hospitalizations. …”
“It is safe to ignore claims that the police are finding a new lab every 45 hours. Police dismantled just 77 of such labs last year and the most labs busted in a year occurred in 2005, when 211 were found.
Bear in mind that the total number of rental properties in New Zealand is 480,000 while the total number of dwellings is around 1.3 million. “….
” An eye-watering part of the report may be found in the over-the-top clean-up requirements. Demolition is recommended to ensure “no residual risk” of a miniscule amount of a substance that may trigger a visit to a doctor if directly contacted. This is what is required to ensure “acceptable residual risk”:
Remove carpeting, wallpaper and unpainted gib board.
Remove suspended and attached ceiling tiles.
Spray paint textured ceilings.
Remove upholstered furniture, mattresses, paper items, and other porous contents.
Remove clothing, toys, bedding, baby bottles and cups, and other personal items used by infants and small children.
Dispose of those items in an approved landfill with appropriate acceptance criteria
HEPA vacuum all remaining porous surfaces such as raw wood, brick and cement block.
HEPA vacuum all wood floors and all floors beneath removed carpeting.
Detergent wash all building surfaces twice, rinsing with fresh water.
Spray paint all building surfaces with two coats of a high-quality paint, polyurethane or concrete/brick sealer. (2)
Over-reaction to clan labs is captured in what the report describes as “community perception of risk” (where most people freak out at the mere hint that a property is contaminated) that is not based on technical risk assessment alone, and “outrage at involuntary exposure to hazards not of one’s own making”.
Such fear and alarm, overstatement of risk, panic knee-jerk reaction by local bodies and government agencies, and opportunism by clean-up companies, has combined to create a minefield for property owners. Everybody should take a deep breath until hard scientific data that derives from the New Zealand experience proves that the actual chemical risk is not very great at all. ”
The Tyrannical War on drugs is out of control and purporting injustice on a monumental scale.
It has *always* relied on Lies and propaganda to Terrorise the gullible public into mandating the Jackbooted police with all their Weapons of War.
Just recently we saw the Media beat up and Political Machiavellian surrounding the Legal supply of synthetic cannabis.
You have to have Poo for brains not to realise that the terror mongering of The Anti-legal High Prohibitionists is typical Nonsense which has always underpinned prohibitions of every sort, and that all their so-called ‘evidence’ is ridiculously un-objective and Extremely dubious.
Of course the police dont want the sheeple to consider the reality that it is Prohibition which is responsible for clandestine P labs being set up in Rental properties, and that prohibition prevents Meth from being manufactured in safe industrial facilities… thus any explosions and fires which result in destruction of property, Injury, and even death, may be squarely blamed on *Prohibition*.
It has been with great sadness that over the past year I have witnessed my fellow Libertarian Blogger Richard Goode change tack and sail off course, and now become an apologyst for Socialist Statism.
This has been evidenced by his entire behaviour in relation to the Psychoactive Substances Act, and particular with regards to Synthetic Cannabis.
To make my point I refer you to all his Blog posts on this subject in which he consistently demonstrates that he believes all the Negative hype about the dangers of Synthetics… which in is in my view incredulous considering the history of Prohibition, and it’s reliance on Lies and phobia about drug use, as supposed vindication for the Governments perpetration of a highly oppressive war upon it’s own citizens.
While he calls himself a Libertarian, He has in reality swallowed the Socialist lie that Harm Minimisation is a legitimate function of Government and has attempted to formulate an argument for this >>>Here<<<, yet it is a tragic testimony to his having put the Cart before the horse. While Libertarianism has many pragmatic advantages over Socialist tyranny, Libertarianism is firstly an Individualist Ideology.... a philosophy which embodies clear principles of Law and Justice which protects the sovereignty of Individuals from tyrannical Government, and the pragmatic advantages for society... to the degree that there are any... are merely the By-product which flows from these principles. The Free society is a far more Humane and enlightened civilisation than socialism, and the type of Self reliant- self responsible, and charitable citizenry it fosters, and the peaceful Social interaction which spontaneously generates in a coexistence free of political coercion and advantage... are all extremely preferable ... pragmatically speaking.... yet to mistake these benefits as being the vindication for it's principles is utterly false. The Vindication for Libertarianism is in it's *Justice* for Individuals, and it's defence of the Individual's self-ownership, and it's Principled limits to political power... whether the will of a Monarch, or 'The mandate of the Majority'...the will of the largest Mob. Ie Libertarianism protects Individuals, minorities, and even Majorities, from Social arbitrary Law. That is what vindicates Libertarianism... not its pragmatic social advantages, and certainly not any idea of 'Harm minimisation' for the individual. Libertarians ought to have social concern for others, yet that is an utterly foreign principle to Libertarian ideology... It is in fact a definitive *Socialist* political lever, and pseudo-justification for Political intervention...and it is here where my friend has gone so far astray... Libertarianism embodies voluntary community action. Believe me when I say that I sympathise which how he was lured down this road... It was because the Anti-Prohibitionist movement (in particular Cannabis Law reformers) whom were never Libertarians began to argue for an end to prohibition... not on the basis of Individual rights, but on the basis that Cannabis was safer than alcohol. This was the socialist 'Harm minimisation' Doctrine... which sought to win over the socialist parliament by convincing a big enough mob that by allowing legal cannabis, they would be helping to reduce the Evils of Alcoholism which have been exacerbated by its monopolistic Legal Status. These arguments are thoroughly aimed at a socialist pragmatic mentality which prevails both within New Zealand's parliament, and in our society as a whole. It is a Utilitarian mentality which has abandoned all ideological principles of justice in pursuit of 'The Greatest Happiness'. Under this philosophy the Government can do whatever it pleases with individuals as long as it can convince a majority, that it's actions are conducive to the collective well being of society as a whole. Thus Individuals have become the property 'of society'. Society may overstep a persons individual liberty and self-responsibility either under the pretence of protecting the Hapless individual from himself, or the pretence of minimizing 'problems' that individual choices can have upon Society at large... esp Financial strains upon 'social services' which are run by the government and funded collectively via taxation. Druggies are deemed to be an inexcusable burden upon the system.
It is under these pretences that modern Socialist judges have no compunction against Jailing peaceful old Pot smokers whom refuse to submit to the Political will of Nanny state.
*Jail is deemed to be for their own good, and the Good of society as a whole*
They believe the ruinous effects upon an individuals life of incarceration are in fact preferable to ‘allowing him’ to continue in his drug use, and that society is safer while drugs are actively being suppressed by the Police.
*Freedom is dangerous* *Nanna Knows Best* *Etc*.
Now it is not the place here and now for me to argue why this whole socialist perspective is utter tyrannical, or why Libertarianism denies it is the proper duties of government to provide social services like public health care.
It ought to be enough to point out how utterly at variance with Libertarianism, this whole approach to ending Cannabis prohibition is.
I shall proceed to explain how my Brother Blogger took his wrong turn and has now wandered so far off track that he has crossed the line and is no longer worthy of the Name *Libertarian*.
My explanation is not written to vilify, but to show how easily this deviation occurred.
Not only do I sympathise with my fellow blogger, but hope that after contemplating what I have written that he will correct his course back over to the Libertarian side.
Many years ago many Kiwi Libertarians, including myself, as members of the Late Great yet struggling Libertarianz party, were supportive of a proposal written by Richard Goode for having a Transitional policy for Drug Law reform, which was accepted because it provided a rational pathway of least resistance to ending the war on drugs.
Our previous policy of simply legalising all drugs was too much for the voting public to swallow and had absolutely no hope of ever being adopted in totality, and so the new proposal presented to the voting public and parliament, was that the War be de-escalated starting with de-criminalising the softer drugs first, and then as fears were alleviated by having legal highs, that support could then be gained for further reforms, with ultimate end being an absolute end to the war on drugs.
We would devour the Prohibition elephant one bite at a time… leaving the boniest portions till last.
And what defined ‘soft drugs’ was their perceived ‘safer than alcohol’ status.
The virtue of this policy was that it was idealistic, yet also realistic as means to our ultimate end because it was far more popular with the People… there was already support for Cannabis Law reform and our definition of cannabis as a ‘softer drug than alcohol’ was met with great enthusiasm from the Socialist faction of Cannabis Law reform movement whom are by far the greatest majority in the movement.
I have no doubt that Richard ‘liberated’ his definition for ‘soft drugs’ for the Libertarianz party transitional drug policy directly from the Socialists.
Richard’s policy was genius, as it unified Idealism with pragmatical realism, and popularity.
He ought to be proud of it.
Unfortunately though, in the years that have since past, and with the de-registration of the Libertarianz party, and Richard joining and now representing the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party, which is still predominantly a Socialist Party, He has obviously lost his Libertarian bearings.
He has forgotten that The Libertarians supported his transitional policy because of it’s progression of Justice… not because it’s starting point of legalising softer drugs was in any way supposes Libertarians endorse the socialist idea that Governments ought to concern themselves with ‘harm reduction’.
It is only in the light of these sorts of consideration that as Libertarian I had anything good to say about the Psychoactive substances act.
To the degree that it did allow a special dispensation to some products to be legally available, and also allowed a convoluted means (in theory) for other products to eventually make it to Market… having run the ‘regulation gauntlet’, it was supposed to be an improvement on the ‘Ban everything as they appear’ prohibition-ism which was the prevailing ‘socialist wisdom’ at the beginning of the rise of synthetic dugs which are now being manufactured to bypass existing prohibitions.
The thing was that Richard had now utterly lost all sight of what Libertarianism is about, and swallowed the socialist ‘Harm minimisation’ pill that he actually condemned the PSA for being too Libertarian!
*He was thoroughly in the Socialist Camp that it is the governments duty to decide what Citizens are allowed to ingest*
He was outraged that Peter Dunne was not acting Nanny Statist enough… because in his mind it was committing a crime by allowing dangerous and untested Synthetic Cannabis to be legally sold!
He relentlessly fanned the fires of Anti-Synthetic Cannabis hysteria… much to the joy of many of his Pro-cannabis Socialist mates, and condemned the Legal highs industry as evil profiteers at the expense of Hapless sheeple.
He told them to voluntarily remove their products, and castigated them for not heeding him… saying that a backlash was growing which would result in their products being banned.
I said that I didn’t think that would happen, yet I was wrong on that count… and I am sure he experienced euphoria when…. being an election year… and with all the Media sensationalism surrounding the Anti-legal high lobby that via the ensuing shysterism/ party politicking of the powers that be.. that the Libertarian portions of the Act got blotted out, and the means by which products could be deemed safe and thereby legalised… was virtually shut.
(Read my post on this >>>Here<<<) This was a leap backwards in the struggle to End Drug prohibition as it re-invigorated Prohibitionism. The world was watching and prohibitionists everywhere celebrated. Having Legal highs in New Zealand... they say... proved to be a failure.
Richard and his friend Blogger Mark Hubbard now dwell on the Dark side.
They ignore studies which suggest synthetic cannabis is relatively safe, and instead invoke terror by calling it ‘Legal Heroin’ ‘like P’…. etc… as if Libertarians support the War on Heroin and Meth!
Mark blames the Government for all the supposed troubles experienced by Legal high users… as if they have no personal responsibility.
I have no problem with Libertarians believing certain drugs to be dangerous… even if they are getting their information from patently Dubious sources.
Of course there can be dangers involved in taking drugs.
Alcohol is dangerous… yet to say their Dangerous nature justifies Prohibitions is patently Un-libertarian and socialist!
The philosophical war they have declared is a Socialist Jihad against Individual Rights and Liberties!
Richard’s last blog post attempts to be an argument for the government socialist interventions
He by passes the fundamental Libertarian principles which clearly define and articulate the legitimate function of government as being strictly limited to defending Rights and Liberties of individuals, and instead substitutes that with his bogus Pragmatist doctrine of ‘Harm minimisation’ which is pure Utilitarian Socialism … not Libertarianism.
To say that he is going ‘Back to basics’ could not be further from the truth
He attempts to smoke you readers by saying harm minimisation is a legitimate concern of Government with the bogus rationalisation that preventing ‘itself’ from putting people in Jail… which is harmful … as being a form of ‘Harm minimisation’ when in reality the principles involved are no such thing!
He has stitched up a sophistry which is in complete contradiction to Libertarian limited government.
The Legal and just principles against unjust imprisonment are keeping constitutional restraints forbidding the State from stepping outside it’s legitimate and just functions and encroaching upon our legitimate liberties, and violating our Rights which it has been instituted to protect!
This is black and white… lines not to crossed…. spheres of liberty, personal ethics, the pursuit of happiness, and self-responsibility… not to be encroached upon… not even for ‘harm minimisation’.
There are Powers never to be usurped… and they are not contingent upon whether or not Nanny State’s dictates are harmful or beneficial to either society or Individuals themselves.
It could very well be that some Laws could prevent idiots from harming themselves… yet to the Libertarian… that is no justification for passing oppressive laws…. which treat everyone like idiots… and gives the State paternalistic powers.
Harm minimisation is an endorsement of social interventions, not Libertarian self- ownership and responsibility.
Libertarians say that to allow the Government to legislate to protect people from themselves is to people the world with Fools.
Read my Blog post on this >>>Here<<< Richard... the Philosopher... no doubt assumes the Libertarian principle of having an arbitrary demarcation for being of Age of 'Adult consent and culpability' (in regards to being allowed to purchase alcohol without Parental permission) as being a form of 'Regulation' and 'Supply control'... which is again Bullshit. By that way of thinking All Laws are 'Regulations'... and that therefore the only 'Free market' can exist is under Anarchy. That R18 Principle of Law is necessary in regards to Legal parental rights and responsibilities, and custodianship , yet a young person ought to be able to apply for Adult Status earlier. Libertarianism is not Anarchy. It recognises a limited legitimate sphere for Government, yet these do not include 'Licensing products'... like alcohol, FDA approval, or Taxes, or 'Harm minimisation' etc. The only 'License' Libertarians would support is an R18 age restriction on the purchase and sale of liquor, etc with those whom violate this condition being criminally liable and negate their right to sell. If parents allow their own kids to enjoy alcohol, Pot, etc at a younger age, that is their own business. If Parents want to try alternative treatments on their sick infant children such as Cannabis... they have that fundamental right. I brew some booze yet I also buy Alcohol, and pay taxes on it. It does not mean I support the Status quo.... yet I still believe it is better... more Libertarian than outright prohibition. The same with proposals to 'Educate', 'Tax', and 'Regulate' Cannabis. Again I dont say that is the Libertarian Objective, yet it is better than current Prohibition. Richard and Mark have utterly abandoned Libertarianism and become Socialist Statist Prohibitionists. You have abandoned principles of Justice in favour of Socialist Utilitarian Pragmatism. To recover yourselves and to restore yourselves into the Libertarian fold is simple, and it does not require you to drop your opinion about the Safety of Synthetic Cannabis, or mean you must cease arguing that you think Real cannabis is safer. All it requires you to do is to stop arguing that 'Harm minimisation' is a legitimate concern of governments, and desist from supporting any prohibitions on drugs. If on the other hand you think the War on P, on H, and on Synthetics is justifiable, and legitimate, will them please desist from calling yourselves Libertarians.
It has only been a few weeks since Synthetic cannabis was taken off the shelves, and yet My InLaws reported seeing a bunch of people sniffing glue in the Park.
So much for Harm reduction!
At last, NORML has come to its senses! The befuddling effects of the synthetic cannabinoids they’ve been smoking must be starting to wear off after last week’s ban. 😀
I’m very pleased to see that NORML is now turning away from the failed experiment that was the Psychoactive Substances Act and is now looking to Colorado’s pioneering cannabis law reform efforts as a model for sensible, workable drug law reform. Homegrown is not necessarily better!
The line-up of speakers for the conference is … interesting, to say the least! 😎
Circle the wagons! Early bird registration fee is $35 if paid by Sunday 8 June. See y’all there, folks!
Colorado calling … must be time for some Denver deathgrind! Here’s Cephalic Carnage with a “crazy concoction of truly experimental grindcore, death metal, and jazz”. 🙂
My Last >Blog post< criticizing the Governments reversal on synthetic cannabis received a heated response from a fan of this latest Prohibition... someone who admits they could not be bothered to actually read my post... She said ... "bit long to read extensively but i gather your saying legal highs are fine and to test them on animals would be fine? have you used it yourself or been around others who are addicted to it, in the court news for flying off the handle, seeing young parents make it a priority rather than feed their kids and even allow them the luxury of wearing a nappy....what a load of bollocks. this shit is worse than p and has no right to be in this country. in fact i think it helps the argument for legalisation of cannabis. and since when is it LEGAL to get high..hypocrisy..." End Quote.
First things first….
I used to think that the best opinion pieces are short, yet it occurred to me while reading George Orwell, that The short opinion piece is not really of high educational value, and is in fact a product of a growing culture of Rush… and intellectual sloth… like druggies… looking for a ‘quick Hit.’
So I am not going to apologize any more to people who complain about the length of my spiels.
It’s not my problem that they cant be bothered investing the time and effort into reading my stuff.
I think it’s *Extra Rich* for someone who has not bothered to read what I wrote, to then pass judgement on what I wrote!
Do you think me pedantic?
Having squared that I will now share with you my response to this woman’s criticism…. tweaked slightly to communicate with my readers rather than how it originally took aim at the silly twat herself.
(I got carried away again, and have actually added a substantial amount…. 🙂 )
Maybe I should not be so harsh…. maybe this silly Cow really is incapable of rational thought due to being absolutely consumed with ‘Righteous indignation’.
The thing is that I am so bloody sick and tired of such utter Bullshit…. stacked to the roof!
It’s typical of the Bat Shit Lunacy which was out Marching in the streets…. and given Prime time Air on Campbell live, and front page coverage on countless editions of News papers throughout the country… That I think it’s time to take the gloves off and rip into these Nasty little Morons in large numbers!
I probably have already lost 60% of my readers. Oh well.
She said Synthetic Cannabis is “Worse than P”.
I said I thought that she herself was unhinged, and asked if she was on Prescription medication?
(If not she should go see her Dr… Pronto.)
Not that I believe for a moment that P is as bad as Prohibitionists make out either!
I am merely calling her out for her wild *Highly emotive* exaggerations.
Prohibitionist civilians are predominantly throngs of mindless Zombies.
Incapable of being objective.
Notice the examples she sites as evidence that Synthetic Cannabis is Evil.
Prohibitionists always take the most pathetic people who have virtually *zero ethics* and zero self control, and who exceed recommended doses etc…. as being the poster child/ yardstick for measuring the drug… as if the Drunken bums who drink meths and sleep under bridges are the *standard* by which alcohol should be measured… instead of using the sensible hard working adults who enjoy a couple of beers after work… as their examples… and this is because they seek to delude themselves and everyone else that we need to model our society around the hapless Idiots and social misfits in our midst, rather than around sensible adults.
I make the point that there are plenty of people who smoke the legal high’s on a Friday night, Saturday… and don’t starve their kids or leave them without nappies.
By far the majority of drug users behave sensibly and don’t allow their indulgences to lead them to wreak and ruin… thus proving the notions of the the prohibitionists to be nothing more than an outrageous and un-objective Rantings.
Obviously there are *other factors* at play as to why *some few* people abuse the drugs, and live chaotic lives.
They have maturity problems.
They have a lack of ethics.
They have troubled lives and up bringing s.
*These are the types of real underlying issues that cause the problems!
Drug abuse is merely a symptom of Damaged personalities.
It has little at all to do with the Drugs themselve!
If anything These troubled souls are taking drugs to ‘self medicate’… to sooth their frayed nerves… to bring some pleasure into what is their Train wreak of a life.
Yet the prohibitionist never wants to fully analyse the circumstances regarding why some people are really going of the rails…. because if they discover *other factors* are involved…. then they cant climb on their Prohibitionist hobby horse…. and man o man they love to flog that thing!
They say stuff like…
” My Boy was a wonderful young Lad… yet when he hit university he hooked up with a crowd of young hoodlums… and they led him down the Garden path… and he started doing Drugs!
Nek Minut… it was like he was a completely different person!
We couldn’t even talk any more… he was always high!
He would sneak out at night, and when he came home he would go straight to his room… and lock the door.
Whenever I tried to talk to him… he would just scream abuse!….”
“Yip! It was those Evil Drugs!
They turned him into a monster!…”
*This sort of crap really gets up my nose because of how it absolutely blames the young adult and the drugs for the break down in communication… and the swift change of the relationship… the distance and alienation.
Yes their Young adults have discovered and are experimenting with drugs!
They managed to do this *In spite of the tyrannical prohibitions* which threaten to destroy their lives should the Jackbooted police get wind of things.
*At least when drugs are legal they don’t have to face such heinous oppression from a hypocritical and bigoted society!
Some of them dont like getting high and move along… others really enjoy it…. and wake up to how They have been lied to their whole lives about how ‘evil’ drugs are.
They have an enlightenment… that Prohibition is Bogus!
That in reality it is the Laws of Prohibition which are shameful and wrong.
SORRY MUMMY! THE GAME IS UP! THEY KNOW THE TRUTH!
Then along comes Mom with her tired old bullshit screeching…
“Cannabis will kill you!”
“Not under my Roof!”
I’ll call the Police”
“Cannabis will put you in Jail”
Etc etc…. and you wonder why Johnny calls Mom a Stupid old Bitch and tells her to F- OFF!
He knows you are speaking from a position of complete ignorance.
Every world you say is Rubbish you have been fed by the Prohibitionist media and Draconian Police.
Do yourself a favour… climb down off your high horse…. and actually try informing yourself about what the other side of the Debate has to say for itself…
Oh…. so you say you do know!
You say that you smoked weed when you were at Uni!
Well then what the hell are you doing yelling at your own kids?
If you do know anything at all then you should know how much BULLSHIT you are spouting at your own kids.
It never occurs to such ‘Parents’ that the reason why their Adult Kids prefer to get high with their mates and not talk to them any more is because they are so sick of their outrageous BULLSHIT!
It never occurs to them that it is their own fanatical Bigotry which has destroyed the relationship they had with their Young adults… and has alienated them!*
Ie the primary cause of the relationship breakdown is their own Anti-drug Mania!
Some Parents have a real problem with their Kids growing up and making their own decisions.
Some parents seek to keep their kids under their thumbs, and loose their marbles when their now grown up kids refuse to simply do as they are told…
So they blame the drugs!
Hell may freeze over first yet if they want to restore their relationship with their Kids, they need to stop being such Tyrants.
They need to quit Rantings and Ravings like Muslim Fanatics!
No wonder your kids would rather sleep on the Streets… to get away from *YOU!
You can still voice your opinion and lay down rules of behaviour in your house, but wisdom dictates you should do so using tact… without acting like a psychopath.
You may say you love your kids but your actions make it almost impossible to love you back.
If you keep telling your sons and daughters that they are losers and are a disappointment… that can utterly crush their sense of self worth and push them into Gangs etc whom will welcome them with open arms.
In my opinion the very best Parents were the tolerant ones whom allowed their kids and their friends to quietly hang out in the Garage… rarely encroaching there themselves unless things were getting too rowdy, and that way they maintained a respectful relationship with their adult kids… did not drive them out of the home at a young age…. got to know and influence their friends… and always knew where their kids were at night… having given them somewhere safe to enjoy themselves.
When I speak of ‘Kids’ I am specifically referring to 18+… yet suggest you show understanding to your Kids even earlier than that… 15 years old We were driving Cars.
at 16 we were legal to have sex and had left school, and started apprenticeships…
And it is at this age that most young people will come into contact with Pot… even though it is illegal.
If you take a liberal approach you can still express your concerns yet do so in a loving manor, and demonstrate that you know they are growing up fast… and need some space to make their own choices.
Let them party in your garage… Friday through Sunday.
That’s my advise… and you will maintain a good relationship with them and will be able to indirectly exercise far more control, than if your kids choose to do there Friend thing somewhere else.
Prohibition does not Prevent young people from getting, experimenting, and enjoying drugs.
It merely means they may get them from ‘dodgy dealers’, and exposes them to the Hazard of having their Rights and liberties violated by Draconian Police… getting a criminal record which affects their future Job prospects and ends any hope of Overseas travel.
So For Goodness Sake why would any caring parent be happy that the Government has created more Laws which threaten to turn your Kids, your friends, and your neighbours into criminals and outcasts?
How can you celebrate that?
Why would you join Matches and lobby government to create more oppressive laws which will be turned against your own Children?
I can understand that a parent may be terrified that their Kids may get arrested, yet that is no excuse to employ Bully tactics against them, and call them losers, etc.
If anything this fear should motivate Moms and Dads to join organisations which call for an end to the war on drugs… to end the tyranny which threatens the well being of so many peaceful youth simply wanting to have a good time.
*What sort of Crime is that?*
*WAKE UP MOM!*
The War on Drugs is a greater threat to the well being of your Kids than Drugs are themselves!
Teach your Kids strong ethics and principles of self responsibility…. don’t neglect to instil good values and engage in character building … and simply rely on Legal prohibitions to keep your Kids safe!
It is their inner compass which they use to navigate themselves through life which is the vital component in living as a free adult in a world in which Drugs, Alcohol, Fast cars, fast woman, and other things exist which require proper ethics to contend with.
*GET A GRIP DADDY O!*
You cant wrap your kids up in cotton Wool.
You cant Ban everything.
Banning things doesn’t work!
A very good commentary appeared in this weeks Sunday Star Times which articulates many of my own opinions regarding Peter Dunne’s/ The National Party collapse and back pedal regarding the PSA and banning all Synthetic Cannabis products.
This was Election year shystery on an almost unprecedented scale in recent memory… to the degree that it absolutely caught me off guard… so resolute were all voices, on all sides that the PSA was working and that Banning things was not the solution.
I heard these words directly from horses in both Major party Stables only a few weeks ago at the Hamilton contingent of the Anti-legal high rallies.
I should not have been so naive… Of course absolutely nothing is safe… nothing is absolutely ‘not for sale’ on election year, and the sensationalist socialist conservative media was having a field day with this hot potato… the likes of TV3’s John Campbell was relishing playing ‘Moral Cleric’ and inciting a Jihad on Legal highs with the most un-objective and grubby media sensationalism.
Labour’s barrel scraping leader David Cunliffe spotting an opportunity to score political points against National shamelessly and without regard for Justice or the Social costs,… without a scrap of objectivity or scientific vindication decided it was in Labours political best interest to reneg on their support for Peter Dunnes PSA… and I am sure many of Labours and Nationals own MPs were just as surprised as me at the swiftness of this reversal and re-posturing…. and greatly embarrassed by it as they had only weeks ago argued that the PSA was working and that ‘Banning stuff’ doesn’t work!
(Yet I dont expect their embarrassment lasted long, and has been overcome by the political gains their party made via this shysterism)
I also know that for none of them… esp not Peter Dunne… was the underlying ideas of establishing Legal alternatives to alcohol the real ambition of the PSA.
It was always primarily a tool whereby Parliament could Ban substances produced in synthetic Drug labs as they appeared on the shelves, and Dunne and co were always actively encouraging the State health system, etc to file negative and highly subjective reports about Legal highs to be used by parliament as vindications for manufacturing new legislative prohibitions.
Add to this that PM John Key has vetoed the use of animals for testing the safety of legal highs… while still allowing it on other products… just goes to show how shystery and duplicitous this whole Mickey Mouse PSA ‘Due precess’ really is.
The world was very interested in the Psychoactive Substances Act, and was hailing it as an enlightened alternative to the failing and oppressive prohibitions and the war on drugs…. expecting New Zealand to be one of the first western nations to have clinically tested and relatively safe legal recreational alternatives to alcohol.
Well Dunne failed the drug test! and what is most sad about it is that not only will this cause suffering to the industry, jobs, etc, and suffering to Recreational drug users whom must now return to the illicit black market… the ripples with travel about the globe because the truth about how this attempt at establishing a legitimate/ Legal high market was torpedoed… by posturing spineless Politicians who put their own self-interest on an election year…ahead of justice and Social well being …will be buried, and instead the notion will be that ‘Synthetic cannabis was found to cause great social chaos in New Zealand’…. therefore attempts in other nations by reformers to mitigate the War on drugs and to set up a regulatory system which allows relatively safe alternatives to alcohol… like Synthetic cannabis will meet a strengthened Anti-drug resistance armed with the False Data from this outward looking New Zealand legislative failure.
I also think that this reversal has set back any hope of the legalisation of cannabis because these moves have Revitalised the Prohibitionists, whom were beginning to falter…. and so I shake my head and sigh that so many Activists who seek an end to the War on cannabis, had so little foresight, so little moral integrity as to buy into all the Anti-legal high hype, and jump onto the Prohibitionist wagon and join the throng calling to Ban synthetic cannabis.
Many did so wilfully refusing to apply their first hand knowledge about how prohibitions are fuelled by irrational exaggerations, un-objectivity, lies, and ignorant fears… ie “Reefer Madness”, etc.
They did so in pure hypocrisy, out of an unprincipled and devious belief that some how the more they incited terror against synthetic cannabis… and hyped up just how evil society imagined these products were… that somehow this would make cannabis appear much more ‘acceptable’.
I think they have mis-calculated badly…. even though in New Zealand we can expect the entire future conversation of the Cannabis reform movement to have shifted away from Cannabis use being a rightful liberty and being safer than alcohol, to now a call for an end to cannabis prohibition by primarily using this newly manufactured mania against synthetics… as a lever… as a threat…even though the perceived Dangers synthetics poses to the public is largely founded upon lies.
For me it is shameful to try and capitalise off the oppression of another unpopular minority for the sake of your own advantage.
I refuse to be party to it.
These events clearly demonstrate just how exposed life and liberty is to the Machiavellian whiles of Party Politics in New Zealand because we have no constitutional protection against power lusting Demagogues who put their own interests ahead of Rights, Liberties, Justice, and Social well-being.
We are utterly expose to the winds of Media manufactured terror.
The survival of PSA was a house of cards…. relying solely on the maintenance of the cross-party consensus as to its pragmatic value and Users and distributors were fed to the hounds as soon as one party blinked.
The ultimate travesty will be that inspite of Cunliffe/ Key systerism Re The PSA Labour will fail to get elected and so the rights and well being of the Users and distributors will have been sacrificed for nought!
And the collapse demonstrated just how full of unscrupulous Bastards our parliament is peopled with.
If we had a just Libertarian Constitution, virtually none of them could function.
All their Legal mumbo jumbo would be binned.
They would be like Evil witches with their wands taken away!
Ironically One party did maintain themselves and refused to back the new changes (passed though the house tonight).
They refused to be swayed, saying they believed the perceived dangers driving the prohibitions were exaggerations and that in reality the PSA had been working!
Is it a Blue Moon?
I find myself Saluting the Greens!
I dont know why I could not find this article on the net when there is what I thought was a full copy of this Sunday Star Times edition >>>Here<<<<... yet this opinion piece is strangely missing? I found this omission 'Odd'... yet I am no expert at these matters... what can be inferred from such omissions? Obviously not a Full E-copy. I am keen to discuss this article with readers and Reformers, and I think it is important that foreign researchers on this debate can gain reference from it as an independent commentary. I have made attempts to contact the author via Facebook.
Hamilton New Zealand.
An Eternal vigilance Salute goes out to Hamilton Activist Gary Chiles for organising the Norml J Day for the Waikato this Year.
It took place in the Hamilton Domain (Lake Stage) despite the fact that Hamilton City Council had tried to stop the event taking place on the basis that it violated their new ‘Smoke Free’ policy for public spaces.
Gary decided that he could not in good conscience allow such a pretext hinder his intention to rally Middle Earth Hobbits, wizards, and Ents for this annual protest against Cannabis prohibition.
It was peaceful Civil disobedience at it’s finest, Everyone was well behaved, and by the time I hopped back on my Triumph… gratefully… no one had seen any sight of the Police.
We were graced with the presence of New Zealand’s Pre-eminent voice for ending the War on Cannabis Dakta Green.
It was great to catch up for a yarn with this Legend.
Dak is never short on interesting Schemes to inspire his Fans… sitting at his feet.
The Bands Played on.
I had already asked Gary for a speaking spot in today’s program, before the Council decided not to grant permission for Norml to use this domain.
This ruling put Gary and people like myself who had already said they would participate in this day of peaceful protest against oppressive prohibition in a very difficult position and we had to make a moral decision to step up for the sake of the cause…. an act of peaceful civil disobedience.
I got up and spoke for 5 minutes.
I Attempted to motivate people into becoming active in the struggle to end Cannabis Prohibition.
As a Libertraian Independent, I asked for Hamilton Westies to give me their Candidate vote this election, and suggested they give their Party vote to ALCP because IMO they have Cannabis users best interests at heart.
The following is the script I had penned as a ruff guide to my speech… which I ended up ‘winging’ to a great extent…
My Jay day speech 2014.
Hi Everyone, my name it Tim Wikiriwhi and I am an Independent Libertarian whom is standing for parliament in the up and coming election, for the seat of Hamilton West.
I have been actively involved in activism for ending the war on drugs for over 15 years.
I used to smoke a lot of Pot in my younger days and was arrested and processed 3 times so I know first hand just how oppressive and unjust prohibition is, and how it generates social alienation.
There have been some amazing progress on this issue in the US and other places.
Recreational use of Cannabis has been legalized in some states , yet here in New Zealand The movement to End prohibition seems to be barely treading water.
Why is this?
Many reasons… the main one being complacency by kiwi smokers themselves.
Another reality that it is certainly much easier to get the Government to ban things than un-ban things.
Just look at how easily the Anti-Legal high prohibitionists were able to get unprecedented media coverage, while the Legalise pot movement gets almost Zero…. In spite of the war on Drugs being such an overwhelming failure and drain on our legal system.
In spite of many Global Big wigs…. Including Helen Clark sitting in High Office in the UN declaring the War On drugs causes much more social evils and injustice than drug use does!
When I look at the Shrill alarmism of all the Moms and grannies who turned up at Ban the Legal High rallies, and then read about the relief and joy they felt at hearing about the election year reversal on the PSA and Banning of all synthetic highs…. I marvell that they are happy that their young ones are again exposed to police brutality, and that Police can now Bust Their young adults for quietly smoking these substances…. They rejoice at the Idea that their young people will get Police records… etc.
Isn’t that Crazy?
To me this demonstrates not only how Bigoted phobias operate, but also a wilful ignorance of just how evil the War is that they are supporting… it’s a war on their own Kids, their friends and neighbors.
We need to challenge that ignorance… we need to expose just how unjust and tyrannical the war on drugs is.
If we can do that…. Then we will have the Moms and the Grannies marching in the streets…. Calling for and end to the war…. And the Media will grab hold of it…. And parliament will fold….
That is how the system works.
We have a lot of work to do changing the perception about just how nasty and wrong the War on drugs really is.
Yet that will only happen if you guys…. Pots smokers and Libertarians stop sulking…. Stop accepting all the slurs that the bigots heap upon you as being Dopey and lazy…. And claim the high moral ground which is rightfully yours!
Get up off your butts and agitate for change!
We need everyone to get serious and demand Liberation.
Let me tell you that Pot smokers and Libertarians by far out number the Vocal bigots who managed to grab the Media attention and sway Parliament to Ban Legal highs.
Way out number them.
Thus it cant be said that we lack numbers.
We only lack the will and the fortitude
How many people turned up today just because they thought this was a great day for smoking Weed?
While I appreciate you showing up, the truth is this day is about rallying support for Legal reforms, and if you do nothing for the cause in between Jay days… you are just a pretender… just a sheep.
Get agitating for change Guys.
This is election year.
I am sorry if I’ve laid a heavy trip on you…. And ruined your Buzz, I cant help that…. If the shoe fits… etc.
If that has been you… the good news is you can change that by getting active.
Be forthright in defense of your inalienable rights to peacefully pursue your own happiness!
condemn the bigotry every time it rears its ugly head in your presence!
Use The Social networks.
Contact Norml and ask what you can do to help.
We must rededicate ourselves to the struggle and regain momentum.
That’s all I’ve got to say.
I am Libertarian Independent Tim Wikiriwhi
I ask Hamilton Westys to give me your Candidate vote this election,n and suggest you use your party vote for the ALCP.
Thank you Gary Chiles for organizing today’s protest, thanks to the bands and every one else who is participating in this even despite Hamilton city Council and thanks everyone for Listening.
Enjoy the rest of your day
William Mckee, Gary Chiles, Dakta Green, and Tim Wikiriwhi.
It was a successful days activism.
Great To meet Gary and catch up with Dak.
And to meet new faces.
meanwhile…. J-Day revellers spark up amidst controversy
Dakta at the Liberty Conference. Auckland 2012.
Currently nobody knows!
Will he maintain Political Dinosaur John Bank’s status quo position or will he show he’s got bigger gonads, more heart, and more scruples, by actually putting forward a more enlightened policy which actually gives some substance to Acts claims to be a party founded upon principles of personal freedom and responsibility?
Is Jamie serious about Personal freedom or is that just a hollow sounding platitude to him like it is for so many in the Act party.
So many Act-ites are really only interested in one thing….Financial freedom.
In every other sense they are Nanny Statists.
That’s why they supported John Banks.
If Jamie intends to forge his own brand and restore any credibility of Act in the eyes of the voting public… he needs to Act now.
He needs tell the voters his position on Cannabis Law reform *Now*… to get the debate going, and so that Act’s position can be made know at the National day of Protest which will be held this Saturday… everyone knows it as Jay Day.
I await with anticipation …. to see what Mettle he has.
In my view should he boldly step up and announce that Act will support Decriminalisation, I will be impressed.
This will suggest to Libertarian minded people that he is brave, and far more Enlightened and progressive than Act’s former Fascist Helmsman.
Should he fail to put out a press release in the next day or two Libertarians, and the thousands of Cannabis users can only assume one thing… that he is a political game player who is prepared to sell out principles under the delusion that via such shyster trading in souls…. that he will himself have a better chance of gaining Baubles of power.
This subject is a political Hot potato at the moment because of the absolute spineless flip flop of the National party and Peter Dunne in regards to Legal Highs, and the Psychoactive Substances Act in the wake of Labour David Cunliffes desperate and dirty Election year tactics to ride the wave of mindless phobia, media sensationalism, and non-scientific condemnation of synthetic cannabis use.
We have witnessed a full revival of the Witch Craze… “Synthetic Reefer Madness” .
No doubt many of the unprincipled ‘conservative’ Faction in Act would be waving their calculators and saying it would be ‘inexpedient’ in these circumstances to release a policy of Cannabis decriminalisation… yet they *Always* say that…every election year!
They all stood behind John Banks in opposition to Don Brash when he boldly advocated reform and argued for it’s Justice.
One wonders how such hypocrites can claim to be a party of small government, a party of Individual Freedom and reform when in reality they don’t have any policies which distinguish them from the Status Quo!
This faction honestly dont care that Cannabis users are being oppressed by the thousands via draconian Laws.
And their Modus opperandi has not been a success story, but a tale of absolute Failure!
Act’s wishy washy compromises have meant that in all the years they have been in parliament, they have achieved absolutely nothing.
They have simply been Sycophantic Lap dogs which have allowed Nation to apply their Nanny Statism!
The history of Act is one long tale of spineless sell outs…. they even were prepared to support a National- Maori party Coalition!
That says it all really.
The argument that it’s best to compromise so as to remain in the game… has been absolutely proven to be vacuous!
Yes individual Mp’s may have kept themselves warm under the wings of the Dragon… yet they achieved Zero for the people that voted for them… and thus they have lost all their support.
John Banks was the final nail in the coffin.
Jamie took the reigns with Act Polling >>>Zero<<
Well Brash has Gone… the way of Julius Caesar… Friends Knives sticking out of his Back!
John Banks shot himself multiple times in the foot regarding Lies in the Dotcom saga… and about his infamous Cuppa tea.
Now we have the Philosopher Jamie Whyte… Will do a Banksy on Cannabis users or will Be more Brash than Brash?
Ie will he be an inspiring leader willing to make some bold and principled moves, and have the Iron will to tell the Wimpish weasles at his back to pull their heads in and support the reforms… or stop pretending to be Liberals, Go join the National party, and dont let the Door spank you on your way out!
I honestly believe New Zealanders are crying out for a Real Leader, of a real Party of reform.
I believe the time is perfect to make such a move which is in diametric opposition to all the other parties…. esp in the light of the great reforms going on around the globe… particularly in America… and the Massive scientific enlightenment going on in respect to how safe Cannabis is, and how beneficial it is in respect to mental health, and as a powerful Anti-Cancer and anti Epilepsy Medicine.
Jamie could become the leader of the New Zealand enlightenment on this subject,and ride an upsurge of support into power…. which I believe is there wait for someone to vote for.
So I hope Jamie reads this post today, and Act’s upon it.
I would love to include his name in my Speech for this Saturday as a Man who is championing the justice of Ending Cannabis prohibition.
What say you James????
Time is of the essence.
You ain’t ever gonna stop this!
No amount of Jackbooted Tyranny has ever worked… nor will it eva!
Recreational use of Cannabis is virtually Harmless a is certainly not a Crime!
The Unjust laws which have purported a War against peaceful people are Criminal!
We await Liberation!
Update: 2-4-14…. ‘Twas the night before Jay Day, when all thro’ the house. Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse…
No news on the Act front re Cannabis Law reform… so Norml NZ speakers at tomorrows Jay Day cant inform the thousands of Pot smokers and Libertarians that a vote for Act is a vote for liberty and justice.
I also take from this that Their New Leader Jamie Whyte is not prepared to go out on a limb for the sake of a persecuted yet peaceful minority, but intends playing populist politician and snuggling up to Nanny Statists National.
This has never worked for Act party Policies… only ever for Act party politicians… in the short term.
In the long term it has guaranteed their demise thus i foresee another miserable outcome for Act voters.
I would have loved to have shared a better report yet unfortunately it looks as if Jamie has failed to sweep the Act house of all the dead wood, and instead it taking their tired old unprincipled path towards political irrelevance.
Disappointed Activist for Ending Cannabis Prohibition.
NORML NZ Press Statement for Immediate Release: 24/04/2014
Citizens denied access to public space by Hamilton City Council to celebrate Hamilton J Day
The Hamilton branch of the National Organisation for the Reform of Marijuana Laws’ request to use the Hamilton Lake Domain Stage to hold its annual J Day gathering in Hamilton has been denied by the Hamilton City Council. The Council is claiming the event violates the Hamilton City Smoke-Free Environment Policy.
This event is primarily a political protest, involving activists, supporters, musicians, political party candidates and other speakers, but it is also a rare opportunity for the community to come together and discuss evidence based health and justice policies and to connect with others in their community that share their views.
“None of the event information provided to the Council by NORML, or any of NORML’s materials promoting this event, make any mention of an intention to violate a smoking prohibition, and we made it clear that we had offered to help with extra Council signage and include constant announcements to remind attendees that the Council has a smoking prohibition in all City parks to be fully in compliance with their smoke free policy,” said event organiser and Hamilton NORML member Gary Chiles.
NORML has said that it considers the action of the Council to be a direct violation of the organisation and its supporters’ democratic rights to gather and protest against the injustice of New Zealand’s cannabis prohibition, and also an unreasonable assumption on the part of the Council that an event clearly promoted as a law reform protest is promoting behaviour inconsistent with their smoke-free policy.
NORML invites all Hamilton supporters of cannabis law reform to gather peacefully to celebrate J Day at the Lake Domain Stage Saturday 3rd May at 12:00 as planned.
We have a democratic right to protest and a right to freedom of speech under the Bill of Rights Act, and we have every intention of exercising those rights.
The power-tripping control freaks at the Hamilton City Council are at it again! Last I heard
A group feeding Hamilton’s needy say the council is forcing them out of Garden Place to stop more homeless people coming to the area.
But the council says while they have received complaints about the group feeding the homeless, their primary concern is the fact that those involved don’t have the appropriate permit to operate in a public.
Now they’re denying people the opportunity to gather in a public space and celebrate a wonder plant that God placed on this green earth explicitly for our use!
Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.”
Big ups to Hamilton J Day organiser Gary Chiles for standing fast in the face of the Hamilton City Council’s authoritarian tantrums.
It is not for our elected representatives to lord it over those whom they are supposed to serve.