Thursday, May 9, 2019

A CAMEL- A HORSE DESIGNED BY A COMMITTEE.



During the nine Key years there were sporadic and seemingly unconnected moves to gain a favourable climate for changes to the laws around Cannabis and associated products. Of course that period also had NZ dealing with the appalling outcomes  from the Idiot Dunne's efforts around synthetic Cannabis and never resolved associated activities by a close relative to that minister.

In the main, the driver was invariably a sufferer of chronic pain  associated with serious often terminal medical prognosis being frustrated in their desire to acquire Medicinal Cannabis.
Now I understand Medicinal Cannabis has some claimed therapeutic benefits for some people in  coping situations beyond the oft quoted pain arena.
Perhaps more muddying in that the medicinal product has no THC??

I also understand using the weed for whatever need can have minor associated health issues involved but there is a body of evidence particularly for still maturing brains being harmed with Schizophrenia and other neurological damage presenting.

Now Justice Minister  Andrew Little has begun a path to NZ Inc becoming a Nation experiment involving a comprehensive decriminalisation for this one particular recreational drug.
NZ Voters at the next general election will be offered a referendum on the path but only in the total absence of the form enabling legislation will take as to what  the final legislated solution to this great debate will take.

There are clear signs that some areas of NZ have a serious problem already with drug addled youth merely swelling the benefit groups, often signalled by failures in gaining employment due to residual drug levels measured in blood and urine samples where Alcohol and Cannabis remain  in measurable amounts. This debate goes well beyond any correlation with the booze as it is accepted once a zero blood reading is accepted zero or negligible levels of alcohol the law declares the person no longer impaired however the THC from the weed remains detectable for much longer and no widespread  understanding or agreement to the impairment levels from that residual reading.

The elephant in the room has those early moves to reduce the barriers to a patient accessing Medicinal weed, that has widespread support as revealed in polling, to the total decriminalisation for use possession and cultivation for personal use of all Cannabis including  associated products.

By all means deal with the vexed question of adding drugs to the approved list with updated legislative parameters and maybe reducing the police response to suspected use as appears currently in place but who is ever going to observe the ridiculous "AGE LIMITS".
I have seen published reports of care givers blowing smoke from a joint into a toddlers airway as a behaviour control.
 There is little to imbue confidence in this any greater than Shipleys drinking age changes and there is a growing number now seeing that as a step backwards.
This move has all the hints imaginable of a ploy to get out the youth vote for the upcoming election and a possible advantage for the ruling trioka.
Ignore the costs in a transparent nod and wink to getting associated benefits likely accepted with referendum result, hold the vote on a Saturday as a stand alone poll then we might see a truer demonstration of democracy at Play. Oh and to spice things up a bit perhaps a vote on how NZ voters  view the Captains call on Oil  and Gas in the Naki.

5 comments:

Paulus said...

How does the smoking of Cannabis relate to the Smoke Free 2025 intention.
Can I then drive and smoke pot but of course not drink likewise ?
How will the Police handle drugged drivers
- he/she sold it to me as great pure Cannabis - but is probably contaminated
- how do I know ?
The Gangs now do better with P - more money and more addicted.
There are two blue ticks here, and two No's to drugs.

Noel said...

All the options remaining favour legalisation.
Decriminalisation was discounted on the spurious claim that supply would remain illict. That option would have recognised it was a health issue.
To call legalisation a health issue is bullshit.
It's a choice issue.

The last poll not carried out by NORMAL or growers put the percentages at all around 30 percent for legalisation, decriminalization and the status quo.

Hopefully those who preferred decriminalization will see through the what's happening and switch to the status quo.

Count me in.

Anonymous said...

No es un pensamiento original en toda la pieza.

Psycho Milt said...

How does the smoking of Cannabis relate to the Smoke Free 2025 intention.

Simple enough. The government doesn't want you to smoke either tobacco or cannabis. It also doesn't believe you should be declared a criminal for smoking either one. Do you have a sensible counter-argument against that view?

Can I then drive and smoke pot but of course not drink likewise ?

That seems highly unlikely, given that smoking cannabis impairs your driving ability. On the plus side, I can tell you from experience that, unlike alcohol, cannabis makes you feel like you're driving way too fast and you end up doddering about like a little old lady. Given that there are going to be drug-impaired fuckwits on the road regardless of what the law says, you're at much less risk if the fuckwit driving towards you is stoned rather than drunk.

How will the Police handle drugged drivers

They'll most likely need some impairment tests that don't involve blowing in a bag.

The Gangs now do better with P...

This is a reason for not taking the cannabis market off them how, exactly?

There are two blue ticks here, and two No's to drugs.

I didn't know you were a teetotaller, pdm.

Psycho Milt said...

...however the THC from the weed remains detectable for much longer and no widespread understanding or agreement to the impairment levels from that residual reading.

Bullshit. Impairment from cannabis is over in a few hours, drug tests will pick it up for the rest of the week. Any lack of widespread understanding or agreement of that is entirely willful misunderstanding.

I have seen published reports of care givers blowing smoke from a joint into a toddlers airway as a behaviour control.

I have seen published reports of drunk people committing far worse crimes. Somehow most people manage to figure out that that isn't an argument for criminalising drinking. It's called "logic."

This move has all the hints imaginable of a ploy to get out the youth vote for the upcoming election...

The youth vote? My kids regard dope as a quaint, old-fashioned drug for people in their 50s and 60s.