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Cato Unbound: Ending Cannabis Prohibition in America | NORML NZ

On Cannabis and Marijuana Prohibition In The US And BEYOND Including New Zealand For Progressive Drug Policies.  · NORML NEWS · Medical Marijuana · Marijuana State ...

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U.S. Legal Pot Sales To Hit $8 Billion A Year By 2018: Report

U.S. Legal Pot Sales To Hit $8 Billion A Year By 2018: Report | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
Combined sales of legal recreational and medical marijuana in the United States is projected to reach more than $8 billion in 2018. That's according to a new report by Marijuana Business Daily citing data from the Marijuana Business Factbook, which f...

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That offsets a lot of unintended consequences..... the social dividend is cumulative. year on year. That is better than money in the bank!

 

That is why we should say sorry and refund all fines and asset seizures.

 

Making good!

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Passing the Alzheimer's Test Involves One's Cannabinoid System

Passing the Alzheimer's Test Involves One's Cannabinoid System | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it

Passing the Alzheimer's Test Involves One's Cannabinoid System ~ New on the PR Web (press release)

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Um, what was the question again?

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UN: cannabis law changes pose 'very grave danger to public health'

UN: cannabis law changes pose 'very grave danger to public health' | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
International Narcotics Control Board calls US and Uruguay moves on cannabis 'misguided initiatives'

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Cannabis reforms poses a grave threat to the dogma that the church of prohibition practices. The INCB is unashamedly espousing those who don't believe in a flat earth risk falling off the edge!

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Marijuana Disrupts Cancer Pathway of Cigarettes: Study

Marijuana Disrupts Cancer Pathway of Cigarettes: Study | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
Marijuana blocks the activity of a cancer-causing enzyme commonly found in cigarette smokers.
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Now this is a ball breaker. Human Rights comes into force when a fully informed 'patient' addicted to nicotine (smoking) can mediate harms/lower risks by smoking an alternative.

 

Cannabis not only displaces tobacco uptake but reduces harm where it doesn't. Suppression of this option voids the public health imperative. It is not enough to say "No' and leave nothing but worst case outcomes for those who can't say No..

 

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Marijuana..
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Here's Why Drug Policy Reform Is Gaining Momentum

Here's Why Drug Policy Reform Is Gaining Momentum | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
A recent study raises serious questions about the effectiveness of international law enforcement efforts to reduce drug supply.

Via Ma Inez Feria Jorge
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"serious questions" ??  Bollocks. If legal regulation is the answer, the question is simple, if prohibition created availability what would reduce it?

 

There is nothing sophisticated about prohibition, we should stop lying to ourselves.

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Another One: Why So Many Celebrities Die Following Rehab

Another One: Why So Many Celebrities Die Following Rehab | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
Our attitudes towards and treatment of addiction are more lethal than drugs
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The thing about Stanton Peele is no one in the treatment industry likes him. That alone is proof he is onto something.  ;-)

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Legally promoted drugs (alcohol, tobacco and sugar) fuel 'alarming' global cancer surge

Legally promoted drugs (alcohol, tobacco and sugar) fuel 'alarming' global cancer surge | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
World Health Organisation experts issue timebomb warning and say key is prevention, possibly including tax on sugared drinks

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Alcohol/sugar nexus!

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Julian Buchanan's curator insight, February 3, 3:49 PM

..and to think here in New Zealand we employ police helicopters to embark on expensive missions to scan rural areas and dig up cannabis plants, while the legal (and more damaging) drugs are embedded within culture, heavily promoted, approved and distributed everywhere.

 

See Video 3mins: NZ Police helicopter hunts out 6,000 cannabis crops in fight against illegal drugs  http://sco.lt/5z8Hh3

 

 

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Canvassing for Opinion - aka "Blairs Brain on Cannabis": Davos Break through for Civil Society or Ticket for Ms Clark to Top Job?

Canvassing for Opinion - aka "Blairs Brain on Cannabis": Davos Break through for Civil Society or Ticket for Ms Clark to Top Job? | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
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“I believe that drugs have destroyed many people. But governmental policy has destroyed many more.”  “Do we have the courage to change it?”  -  Kofi Annan, Chairman, Kofi Annan Foundation, Switzerland, and Secretary-General, United Nations (1997-2006),  /  DAVOS 2014

 

And Cunliff and Key think they are onto something.... I suspect one of them will be talking to the next head of the UN during one of her vists to New Zealand. The very same lass who gave us the world class "Restricted Substances Regulations". Doh!

 

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Greens will push to decriminalise marijuana - Newstalk ZB

Greens will push to decriminalise marijuana - Newstalk ZB | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
Newstalk ZB Greens will push to decriminalise marijuana Newstalk ZB Speaking after announcing an education policy for low-decile schools, co-leader Metiria Turei said the party still had its policy to decriminalise cannabis and it was one that she...
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NZ Greens have proven to be a thorough disapointment on the cananbis policy front. They are an embarrassment to themselves. They are and have had a decriminalisation policy since the 1970's Values party upon which they are largely based....but there is a National Drug Review (submissions due in four weeks), and they daren"t mention it.

 

Pretenders to a cause.... 

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Labour Leader Cunliff forgets its national conference remits from the floor, on cannabis policy. Stupid Bugger!
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Marijuana and the Superbowl?

Marijuana and the Superbowl? | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it

Is it odd, or is it an omen? The Denver Broncos are from Colorado, and the Seattle Seahawks are from the state of Washington; both these states legalized marijuana?

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Putting Drug Policy, Sport and Reason on an equal playing field...

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Medicine Has Yet To Find Something Wrong With Marijuana - Detroit Metro Times

Medicine Has Yet To Find Something Wrong With Marijuana - Detroit Metro Times | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
Detroit Metro Times Medicine Has Yet To Find Something Wrong With Marijuana Detroit Metro Times “To date, there are over 20,000 published studies or reviews in the scientific literature referencing the cannabis plant and its cannabinoids, nearly...
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NZ's 2014 National Drug Policy Review is quite explicit... any evidence of efficacy and/or absence of harm is inadmissable.

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Noam Chomsky: The drug war is the latest manifestation of a centuries-old ‘race war’

Noam Chomsky: The drug war is the latest manifestation of a centuries-old ‘race war’ | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it

Via Julian Buchanan
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And here in New Zealand  the connection is denied. The response from most people 'of colour' in Aotearoa has been to pretend 'its something else', just as the 'crime and punishment' crowd like Sensible Sentencing think there is increasing 'Bad' they and inparticular the institutional interests around 'badness' ie: justice, corrections, police, treatment, health etc. pretend that policy enforcment ramped up consequent to 1975 MoDA resulted in a fundemental shift in outcomes upon those in lower decile, lower income, and those who are visable to that enforcement. (ie: male, maori, unemployed... your 'for it!' ). The data for NZ tracks US drug enforcement, in part becuase we have a very efficient unitary police and a media that panders to culture mongering. (police and media are complicit in an incestuous affair). 

 

The 2003-4 visit of Efficacy advocate  Clifford Wallace Thornton Jr. highlighted the poxed health response (banned from attending public event, threatened with tresspass/police enforcment) and a clear 'fear of consequences' of those in authority, particularily in Maori health, of being seen to talk to 'the other side'.

 

Yet NZ could have lead the world.... instead we live in a delusion that somehow we are.... (Psychoactive Substances Act).

 

Where the rules are the same, the shit is the same.... 

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Julian Buchanan's curator insight, January 7, 10:27 PM

Always worth listening to!

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Poor body image linked to 'drug and alcohol abuse' (UK)

Poor body image linked to 'drug and alcohol abuse' (UK) | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
Poor body image has been linked to a range of risky behaviours including drug and alcohol abuse, self-harm, and unsafe or abusive sex, according to a government-backed report

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I can see the next Police media release;  "Drugs cause Ugly" 

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ReGenUC's curator insight, December 19, 2013 4:27 PM

This should come as a surprise to no-one.

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Drug dealer charges $5 delivery fee - National - NZ Herald News

Drug dealer charges $5 delivery fee - National - NZ Herald News | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
A West Coast cannabis dealer charged his customers a $5 delivery fee, a court has been told. - New Zealand Herald (DTN New Zealand: Drug dealer charges $5 delivery fee: A West Coast cannabis dealer charged his customers a $5 ...
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Five Dollars is cheap.... for secure prompt delivery!  It is safer than kids seeing it sold in tinnie houses. But lets not let evidence, reason or science get in the way of dogma.

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Ethan Nadelmann on New Zealand TV Taking about Legalising Marijuana

Drug Policy Alliance founder and executive director Ethan Nadelmann appears on New Zealand's One News to talk about the legalization of marijuana and New Zea...

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The problem with having overseas experts represent us (kiwi reform advocates) is not that they don't deserve being heard, rather that it creates the illusion that they are the last word on the subject. Support as it is being espoused around the PSA fails to note that it is a flawed response to  our drug policy, imbeding drug by drug failure contrary to national drug policy best practice, and ignores that we had the best practice solution in the conveniently discarded all drug "Restricted Substances Regulations 2008" without discussion or critique or indeed evidence of failure. PSA is a political solution that suits entirely the synthetics industry without addressing the core problem, prohibition itself.

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Air force joins police annual cannabis cull - The Nelson Mail

Air force joins police annual cannabis cull - The Nelson Mail | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
The Nelson Mail
Air force joins police annual cannabis cull
The Nelson Mail
The recovery phase of the police cannabis operation is under way in the Tasman Police District and they are being assisted by the air force with an RNZAF Iroquois helicopter.
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An exercise in futility.  Do these clowns ever do any analysis of the effectiveness of this intervention.? 

 

Has it made one IOTA of difference to availability? 


Or is it fun for the boys, beersies afterwards?

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Julian Buchanan's curator insight, February 27, 2:07 PM

What a waste of taxpayers money

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Treatment or Jail: Patrick Kennedy Wages Fierce Anti-Pot Crusade

Treatment or Jail: Patrick Kennedy Wages Fierce Anti-Pot Crusade | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it

Last January Kennedy went public with his beliefs, launching Smart Approaches on Marijuana, or Project SAM, a campaign to keep marijuana illegal and address the failings of the drug war through other means...Kennedy and Sabet propose a mandatory screening for marijuana addiction, according to the “Legal Reform” section of their website. That could lead to “marijuana education,” and ultimately a year in a “probation program to prevent further drug use.” And if the pot smoker still insists on getting high? It’s handcuffs time.

“Incarceration is a powerful motivator,” says Kennedy, who after a prescription drug-related car crash in 2006 spent a year urinating in front of a probation officer three times a week. He faced a jail term if he relapsed. “That does it for a lot of people,” he added. “That’s the turning point: hearing that judge say treatment or jail.”


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First they embrace the language of reform... then they own it. As if it is the only alternative position from blanket prohibition. The problem I have with Sabet et al is they leave everything that is broken, broken.  Like NarcAnnon et al. Project SAM has no respect for the 'self' -  with Sabet the higher power is the duress of the closed walls of a penitentiary. They cannot answer the question, if that failed before, what is it your proposing that will make it work now?

 

How would Project SAM (or a NZ facsimile) prevent/reduce the connection between alcohol and good times/success/accomplishment while exposing its health downsides?  One only needed to visit the enormously popular "HomeGrown" event last weekend in Wellington to see the dichotomy and irony. Primary sponsor "Whisky" under the guise of "MakingHistory" = Police called this event a 'success'...

 

Who looks deluded?

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Kennedy & Sabet reveal how the prohibitionists will shift from police enforcement to invasive health enforcement - with the ultimate threat of incarceration.

Beware of joining the lobby "Drugs are not a crime problem they are a health issue" unless you are happy to support abstinence, drug testing and compulsory treatment.

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Police hunt out cannabis crops

Police hunt out cannabis crops | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
Police seize nearly 6000 cannabis plants across the lower North Island in an annual operation.
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Proof incontrovertible  that Police should not be involved in making or maintaining policy surrounding cannabis. They are neither expert nor impartial. They are lying. To everyone. The rest is conjecture, rhetoric and selective reading of (some) science.  The social costs are a myth (Berl Report) paid for by.... Police.  "Better Stories" at our expense.

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ABC News Top Doctor Argues For Legalizing Marijuana [Video] - Leaf Science

ABC News Top Doctor Argues For Legalizing Marijuana [Video] - Leaf Science | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
In a segment on marijuana policy, ABC's Dr. Richard Besser explains why he changed his mind on the subject. (Like CNN’s chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Dr. Besser says he was initially against the idea of...
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NZ's Ministry of Health is a state of dangerous denial....

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Poll: Majority of Americans support efforts to legalize marijuana - NBCNews.com

Poll: Majority of Americans support efforts to legalize marijuana - NBCNews.com | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
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Poll: Majority of Americans support efforts to legalize marijuana
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Fifty-five percent of Americans support legislative efforts to legalize marijuana, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
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Ask your daughters if they think possessing cannabis should be a Class D felony Mr President?

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NIDAnews: Marijuana, you can get addicted (if you try hard enough!)

NIDAnews: Marijuana, you can get addicted (if you try hard enough!) | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
#DrugFACTS: Marijuana, you can get addicted. Around 1 in 11 people who use it get addicted. http://t.co/0kfDErQCdq
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Profligate Bunkum...   from an outfit addicted to delusional thinking. With 55% of Americans having turned on their bullshit detectors ( * latest US poll in support of cannabis law reform) NIDA come up with, and doubtless it wont be their last grasp at strawmen. 

 

http://nbcpolitics.nbcnews.com/_news/2014/01/27/22470647-poll-majority-of-americans-support-efforts-to-legalize-marijuana

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Texas Governor Rick Perry considering decriminalisation of cannabis

Texas Governor Rick Perry considering decriminalisation of cannabis | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
The various states in the US are moving rapidly on cannabis…decriminalisation a the very least and legalisation are being considered more and more. Colorado has already fully ... This too will come to pass in New Zealand.
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While some say reform is inevitable, it is (a) not enough to accept that at some time it will be OK (infering that for now it is OK too) and (b) by protracted laizez fair fail to discuss what reform must look like.

 

Pundits (inc whaleoil) for reform fail to see that even those who are doing reforming are not speaking for us.... our needs. They dont have what we have. They dont need what we need. They dont have our rules or institutions and they dont know where we have been to see where we need to go. Colorado for example hasnt resolved what it should do with those already locked up (under fed rules) for cannabis. They are still in jail for doing (or even just posessing) what is now legal. How is that 'a good idea'  for us? 

 

What we can say is we have a political institution headed by a political master who can be described as utterly dissinterested in seeing any movement at all. His name is Tony Ryall. Others call him Honourable. It is on his watch as Minister of the Crown that ALL drug warrants (enforcement) are executed. That is where the buck stops. He has said nothing on the question for nearly two terms of the house of representatives. He has been described by drug policy academics as 'dissinterested'. I dont use the word lightly.

 

Either drugs are a problem or they are not... Piss in the Pot Tony, or get the f... off!

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Ruth Marcus and David Brooks Smoke Pot: A Play in One Act - Washington City Paper

Ruth Marcus and David Brooks Smoke Pot: A Play in One Act - Washington City Paper | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
Washington City Paper (blog) Ruth Marcus and David Brooks Smoke Pot: A Play in One Act Washington City Paper (blog) I pointed to a New Zealand study that found that persistent cannabis use—especially among those who began as adolescents—causes...
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The New Zealand Study might best be described as the science of small numbers...  Doubling a very small risk is still a very small number.

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Anti-marijuana laws were based on racism, not science

Anti-marijuana laws were based on racism, not science | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
Is marijuana's beer-like buzz more damaging than what people get from hard liquor? Is there a scientific reason why this drug is deemed so dangerous and illegal? Nope.

Via Beckley Foundation
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An adopted without question.... by the  white priviledged, everywhere!

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Drug driving rate outstrips alcohol offences in NSW

Drug driving rate outstrips alcohol offences in NSW | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it

SPolice in NSW say the rate of positive results for roadside tests if more than four times greater for drugs than alcohol.


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This  'shocking relevation' suggesting nothing more than what we know to be true, the primary illicit drug of prevelence [cannabis] is not the cause of the problem.  Drug use has not suddenly increased by 4x, nor has it suddenly caused accidents..... what is being detected at the roadside is incontravertable proof that cannabis is displacing alcohol safely..... and not a good thing to be driving people back to the drug we drink.  The key measure is not if someone has cannabis 'in their system' (absent any proof of  impairment) rather that the driver made a responsible decision to drive and drive carefully whereas the same cannot be said of alcohol, a dose response impairment whole of society accepts. Most cannabis consumers, too stoned to drive (ie impaired) recognise this and crucially (because they are able to) make the key executive decision, to not do so, eliminating that risk from the pool of 'factors' contributing to accident load. There will always be accidents caused by other factors, light, road conditions, mechanical failure, stress/tiredness, distraction, stupidity, inexperience,  medication, other health factors etc etc...  to which mandatory testing of drivers will identify 'moral molecules' but that doesnt equate to either primary or contributing factor, or a standard under law, culpability for the accident. By not measuring the right things we miss the crucial prevention strategy.  Thus roadside  drug testing as we see here is CONTRIBUTING to accident load/burdens. 

 

The presence of cannabis metabolites is the logical equivalent of licking someones exhaust pipe to see if they have been speeding yesterday......  (top UK cop, Eddie Ellison [ret] - WWW.LEAP.CC)

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