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NZ Needs A Cannabis "Reeferendum" NOW!

NZ Needs A Cannabis "Reeferendum" NOW! www.cannabis.org.nz www.facebook.com/aotearoalcp
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The promise of a cannabis issues  reeferendum may well be a world 'second' - I think the Swiss beat us out there, we have a long way to go before the term of reference (scope) are likely to be announced, and thus define the question(s) being asked - be empowered, take the time to open a dialog with your MP, especially the New Zealand First Party and the National Party.
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Cannabis social clubs in Spain: legalisation without commercialisation | Transform: Getting Drugs Under Control

Cannabis social clubs in Spain: legalisation without commercialisation | Transform: Getting Drugs Under Control | The DAK files | Scoop.it
Cannabis social clubs (CSCs) are private, non-profit organisations in which cannabis is collectively grown and distributed to registered members. With no profit motive to increase cannabis consumption or initiate new users, the clubs offer a more cautious, public health-centred alternative to...
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Legalisation without commercialisation?  OK, so who pays the rent. Who cleans the toilet?  
 
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The legal future of recreational cannabis, despite the stigma

The legal future of recreational cannabis, despite the stigma | The DAK files | Scoop.it
Abe Gray joins Summer Drive to discuss changing perceptions of recreational cannabis in New Zealand ahead of the referendum before 2020.
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Stigma occurs wherever debate cowtows to the high priests of prohibition. Oh, if only they were required to display the same standards of evidence that reformers are held to!


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New Zealand: Cannabis More Often Detected In Workers Than Any Other Drugs

Cannabis is still the most common drug ''by a country mile'' found when staff are tested, farmers attending a workshop in Ashburton last week heard. Therese Gibbens, general manager of the Canterbury
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Cannabis couldn't be more popular, were it made compulsory. So, where again is the evidential harm?  The State, as well as the establishment, s honour bound to apply policy in the least invasive manner. Piss testing is neither best practice harm minimisation nor principled HR management, but on evidence, four beers on a Friday carries a greater burden than the burden of occasional, moderate and heavy cannabis users. Even worse, it voids credible social research, disables health promotion, drives users towards more riskier options, and crucially, when detected ensure users 'will amount to nothing' without any consideration for their peers, siblings, spouses and other dependents. It breaks down social connectedness and misplaces resources away from what works...

It is the Science of Stupid.
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Science of Stupid:  Self-explanatory really!
 
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Peter Dunne says 'Class C' drugs like cannabis should be made legal and regulated

Peter Dunne says 'Class C' drugs like cannabis should be made legal and regulated | The DAK files | Scoop.it
Government minister says legalisation of cannabis is the 'logical way forward'.
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Peter Dunne also leads the Party (United Future) that banned any talk of Cannabis 'in this term of parliament' by withdrawing confidence and supply (the right to write a cheque on the treasury) - following the age old tradition of prohibition of pretending you have the answer as along as no one questions it...

Now people are fawning all over him as if he has become some kind of rational being.


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How much could New Zealand earn from taxing legal cannabis?

How much could New Zealand earn from taxing legal cannabis? | The DAK files | Scoop.it
A shock new estimate suggests the tax benefits of a market in cannabis may have been grossly over-stated.
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TAX from PAYE, GST and the turnover so created by new investment is one thing, but the equitable wealth distribution into sectors of the community previously afflicted by prohibition is social dividend just as important as what would fall into the government coffers.

Spending money doing is good is four times better than spending money doing bad....
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Some words on cannabis culture in Welllington NZ

This is a big one if you are coming from a state in the US that has moved towards legalization or at least decriminalization. NZ is not a progressive have
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Needs no introduction..... Cannabis defines how backward we are as a nation state.
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Members-Only Cannabis Clubs Promise Privacy and Exclusivity — for a Price

Members-Only Cannabis Clubs Promise Privacy and Exclusivity — for a Price | The DAK files | Scoop.it
After California voted to legalize recreational weed and as the City of L.A. works toward establishing a regulatory system for loca
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Somewhere safe and non-judgmental would be a start!
Class D delivered!
 
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Labour Wants Medicinal Cannabis Grown in New Zealand

Labour Wants Medicinal Cannabis Grown in New Zealand | The DAK files | Scoop.it
420 Intel is Your global source for Daily Marijuana News. Up to date Medical Marijuana & Cannabis Legalization News for Cannabis Industry Investors & Business.
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'safe and secure' ??  
Our homes and backyards are safe and secure. To pretend otherwise is to capitulate to prohibition.
 
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Its About To Get A Whole Lot Easier To Smoke Weed In Denver

Its About To Get A Whole Lot Easier To Smoke Weed In Denver | The DAK files | Scoop.it
RT @weedweekly_: Its About To Get A Whole Lot Easier To Smoke Weed In Denver
https://t.co/OjHktgzLnA https://t.co/DsPlTFOF64
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Chris Wilkins of SHORE espouses the social dividend of a post-prohibition not for profit model (but  taxed) via 'social clubs, not unlike the Auckland Dactory . Spain .has had this for many years
 
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RADICAL RANT: THE WAR BETWEEN BOOZE AND WEED

RADICAL RANT: THE WAR BETWEEN BOOZE AND WEED | The DAK files | Scoop.it
RT @RadicalRuss: Radical Rant: The War Between Booze and Weed https://t.co/VeJXYgaJO5 via @@hightimes
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A widely shared view by those who, having long lobbied and seen the pernicious influence, that Alcohol holds very high standing in political circles, a dichotomy  rooted deep  in prohibitions history.
 
 
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Victory for Belgian Cannabis Clubs

Victory for Belgian Cannabis Clubs | The DAK files | Scoop.it
On November 22, 2016 in a Belgian court there was a “minor victory” for Belgian cannabis social clubs as the prosecution dropped their charge that Mambo
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Spain. Judge acquits Cannabis Social Club leaders saying cannabis is not dangerous to public health.

Spain. Judge acquits Cannabis Social Club leaders saying cannabis is not dangerous to public health. | The DAK files | Scoop.it
 
An important trial has set a legal precedent in Barcelona when a judge acquitted the three leaders of a Cannabis Social Club saying that the club was not a danger to public health. The prosecution had been brought against the club President, Treasurer and Secretary because it was claimed that the Cannabis Club represented a danger to the public.  However the Judge disagreed, explain
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Free the Daktavists.

The cause was both legitimate protest and functionaly progressive. The argument that they were causing harm to anyone is without merit. 

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New Zealand lawmakers advance one medical marijuana bill, reject another

New Zealand lawmakers advance one medical marijuana bill, reject another | The DAK files | Scoop.it
New Zealand's Parliament advanced a bill that would lay the groundwork for a regulated medical cannabis industry but rejected a separate bill that would have established a more full-fledged market and allowed home cultivation. If the government’s
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For completeness, the following summary of the recent legislative shift around medicinal cannabis offers some hope that change might be possible, but the quality of the debate is appalling with Police asking for it to be delayed and media capturing is own agenda by demonising drug use. More to come as we get closer to the close of submissions, but if you haven't already considered making a contribution, this is your moment. Make a submission. Tell the Select Committee exactly what you think....You are allowed to be the change...

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Cannabis policy: status and recent developments | www.emcdda.europa.eu

Cannabis policy: status and recent developments | www.emcdda.europa.eu | The DAK files | Scoop.it
Cannabis policy: status and recent developments Under international laws, cultivation, supply and possession of cannabis should be allowed only for ‘medical and scientific purposes’. In general, possession of the drug for personal use should be a crime, to deter use, and most countries make this...
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Another area in which the NZ  Daktory (social experiment) led the world. I am left to wonder if those who decried its establishment and those who saw to it that it was shut down will ever feel any remorse that they were so, so wrong.
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Science of Stupid: New Zealand: Cannabis More Often Detected In Workers Than Any Other Drugs 

Cannabis is still the most common drug ''by a country mile'' found when staff are tested, farmers attending a workshop in Ashburton last week heard. Therese Gibbens, general manager of the Canterbury
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Science of Stupid:  Self-explanatory really!
 
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MildGreen Initiative's curator insight, July 18, 2017 10:17 AM
Cannabis couldn't be more popular, were it made compulsory. So, where again is the evidential harm?  The State, as well as the establishment, s honour bound to apply policy in the least invasive manner. Piss testing is neither best practice harm minimisation nor principled HR management, but on evidence, four beers on a Friday carries a greater burden than the burden of occasional, moderate and heavy cannabis users. Even worse, it voids credible social research, disables health promotion, drives users towards more riskier options, and crucially, when detected ensure users 'will amount to nothing' without any consideration for their peers, siblings, spouses and other dependents. It breaks down social connectedness and misplaces resources away from what works...

It is the Science of Stupid.
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New Zealand: How Legalising Cannabis Can Help Society

Leading drug researcher Associate Professor Chris Wilkins from Massey University's SHORE and Whāriki Research Centre is calling for the adoption of a not-for-profit public health model for recrea
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Cannabis Social Club's mooted by NZ's leading Drug Policy researchers at SHORE.  We first heard Wilkins last year at science based forum on drug policy (mostly on cannabis) held on the North Shore. Complimenting Chris was a researcher who had studied the social club set and setting in Spain. 

No one researched NZ's applied (in principle) social club 'the Daktory', a three-year exercise in social tolerance until media sent the Police in.....  resulting in serious jail time for its prime actors. 

What is with NZ that we cannot have some homegrown expertise inform the debate?
 
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Catalonia regulates the Cannabis Social Clubs - Encod.org

The popular legislative initiative introduced in 2015 by civil society was approved by a large majority in the Catalan Parliament.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Release foundation ENCOD, June 29, Barcelona
Barcelona - On 28 June 2017 The Catalan Parliament, approved the regulation of Cannabis Social Clubs for its territory, legally belonging to the Spanish State. The law includes, among other things, the cultivation, transportation and distribution of cannabis.
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Catalonia gets Social Clubs....  see, just blow up a few Judges and you can toke up together!

Big Ups to my mates over at ENCOD!
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Nevada looks to be first state in nation to legalize cannabis social clubs, including on Vegas Strip

Nevada looks to be first state in nation to legalize cannabis social clubs, including on Vegas Strip | The DAK files | Scoop.it
A Nevada bill allowing local governments to issue permits for marijuana social clubs, helping the tourism industry in Las Vegas, has passed in the Senate. Continue Reading      …
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Would you like to gamble on American ditch weed?
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NZWEED: LAND OF THE LONG WHITE CLOUD

New Zealand boasts one of the highest rates of marijuana consumption in the world, yet most users have little insight into the local black market tha
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Te Wai Pounamu...   The Green Stone Island.
 
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Regulating Cannabis Social Clubs: A comparative analysis of legal and self-regulatory practices in Spain, Belgium and Uruguay

Regulating Cannabis Social Clubs: A comparative analysis of legal and self-regulatory practices in Spain, Belgium and Uruguay | The DAK files | Scoop.it
Cannabis Social Clubs (CSCs) are a model of non-profit production and distribution
of cannabis among a closed circuit of adult cannabis users. CSCs are now operating
in several countries around the world, albeit under very different legal regimes and
in different socio-political contexts.
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There is a lot to be said about the social club model... and while we had one (or two) that were established in plain sight, it has all to be said.... cannabis is one of the most social activities that absolutely must be brought in from the cold. T

he problem might well be over regulation.
 
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Regulating Cannabis Social Clubs: A comparative analysis of legal and self-regulatory practices in Spain, Belgium and Uruguay


Publication date: May 2017
Source:International Journal of Drug Policy, Volume 43
Author(s): Tom Decorte, Mafalda Pardal, Rosario Queirolo, Maria Fernanda Boidi, Constanza Sánchez Avilés, Òscar Parés Franquero
Background Cannabis Social Clubs (CSCs) are a model of non-profit production and distribution of cannabis among a closed circuit of adult cannabis users. CSCs are now operating in several countries around the world, albeit under very different legal regimes and in different socio-political contexts. Aim In this paper we describe and compare the legal framework and the self-regulatory practices of Cannabis Social Clubs in three countries (Spain, Belgium, and Uruguay). The objective of our comparative analysis is to investigate how CSCs operate in each of these countries. To foster discussions about how one might regulate CSCs to promote public health objectives, we conclude this paper with a discussion on the balance between adequate governmental control and self-regulatory competences of CSCs. Methods The data used for this analysis stem from independently conducted local studies by the authors in their countries. Although the particular designs of the studies differ, the data in all three countries was collected through similar data collection methods: analysis of (legal and other documents), field visits to the clubs, interviews with staff members, media content analysis. Findings We identified a number of similarities and differences among the CSCs’ practices in the three countries. Formal registration as non-profit association seems to be a common standard among CSCs. We found nevertheless great variation in terms of the size of these organisations. Generally, only adult nationals and/or residents are able to join the CSCs, upon the payment of a membership fee. While production seems to be guided by consumption estimates of the members (Spain and Belgium) or by the legal framework (Uruguay), the thresholds applied by the clubs vary significantly across countries. Quality control practices remain an issue in the three settings studied here. The CSCs have developed different arrangements with regards to the distribution of cannabis to their members. Conclusions By uncovering the current practices of CSCs in three key settings, this paper contributes to the understanding of the model, which has to some extent been shaped by the self-regulatory efforts of those involved on the ground. We suggest that some of these self-regulatory practices could be accommodated in future regulation in this area, while other aspects of the functioning of the CSCs may require more formal regulation and monitoring. Decisions on this model should also take into account the local context where the clubs have emerged. Finally, the integration of medical supply within this model warrants further attention.

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This U.S. city just made it a lot easier to get high

This U.S. city just made it a lot easier to get high | The DAK files | Scoop.it
Denver just passed a law that will allow the consumption of marijuana in certain businesses after permits have been approved.
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As acceptable as an E-cigarette!
What cannabis absent prejudice looks like. Get used to it.

 
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Clark French Interview pt 2: The United Patients Alliance

Clark French Interview pt 2: The United Patients Alliance | The DAK files | Scoop.it
In part two of his interview, Clark French explains more about the UPA, the All Party Parliamentary Group for drugs, and what lies ahead. Read more
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VIDEO 15mins ▶ What happened when Portugal decriminalised drugs?

Salon columnist and bestselling author Glenn Greenwald is the author of a new Cato Institute policy paper on Portugal's pathbreaking and hugely successful dr...

Via Julian Buchanan
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A joint rolling class - are we for real? 

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Kaitlyn Evans's comment, July 20, 2015 7:30 AM
I think that this video's ideas are in theory great ideas and I also think this video is a glorified version of what is happening in Colorado since the legalization of marijuana. I actually spoke with two people today who are from Colorado and they said that there is still a black market going around because the selling of marijuana is only regulated on a state basis and not federal. They said that the weed dispensaries only accept cash and there is no banking system for this money. It'll be interesting to see how the legalization in Alaska will impact the state.
Rob Duke's comment, July 20, 2015 2:48 PM
California has legislation to allow dispensaries to open bank accounts; and, bitcoin is used in Oregon.
Rob Duke's comment, July 20, 2015 2:51 PM
I guess not yet, but Oregon is working on it.