Here is an incredibly detailed analysis of the question of exactly how much would be saved in the USA if they went to full legalisation.
The report examines the budgetary implications of legalizing marijuana – taxing and regulating it like other goods – in all fifty states and at the federal level, and estimates that legalizing marijuana would save $7.7 billion per year in government expenditure on enforcement of prohibition. $5.3 billion of this savings would accrue to state and local governments, while $2.4 billion would accrue to the federal government.
Miron Report (PDF) 2005
Today, Stephen McIntyre hung himself with a rope, because the Police raided The Auckland Greencross, and then had him up in the courts for opening NZ’s first non-profit charitable trust authorized by the NZ government to help patients to obtain cannabis for medicine. Cannabis a natural plant, used as medicine in Israel for 19 years, U.S.A for 16 years and mentioned in every pharmacological text produced in the past 2,000 years and scientifically proven for many treatments.
New Zealand has the highest arrest and incarceration rate of cannabis users in the world. Yet many of those arrested are young people possessing small amounts for personal use. Is personal use of cannabis really a ‘crime’? And wouldn’t Police time be better spent focusing on more serious matters?
Perhaps New Zealand would have a lower suicide rate if cannabis was legalised / de-criminalised? I think so.
“New Zealand has lost a peaceful and gentle man who advocated quietly for the sort of reforms that have halved the number of drug users in Portugal over the last decade,” said Dr McGrath, who works at two alcohol and drug clinics in the lower North Island.
Stephen Lindsay McINTYRE Obituary Guest Book Currently, the Guest Book for Stephen Lindsay McINTYRE is available for viewing, but not accepting entries until Wednesday, 25 July 2012. View McINTYRE, Stephen Lindsay. On 22 July, 2012 suddenly at home; in his 48th year. Dearly loved husband of Reiko, loved father of Terumi and Takumi, loved son of Lillias and William McIntyre, brother of Ken, Stuart, Bruce, and Lorraine, uncle to his many nieces and nephews. A Service will be held at 85 Grafton Road, Grafton, Auckland on Friday 27 July at 1.30pm. Battersby Funeral Services Ltd Ph 09-828-5113 Published in The New Zealand Herald on July 24, 2012
Shame on you Peter Dunne, you are creating more pain in the world: http://www.libertarianz.org.nz/libz-appalled-by-death-of-stephen-mcintyre/
Overcrowded prisons and high suicide rate: http://tumeke.blogspot.co.nz/2012/08/beasts-from-blenheim-and-creatures-from.html
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Greetings to those present, your honour, people in the jury. Also, thanks to my many supporters in the gallery, big ups to each and every one, I give praise and thanks for your support. I would like to address the jury:
You personally today have the unique and once in a lifetime ability to change not just the course of one mans life – mine – but to also change the entire course of NZ legal history itself by contributing a precedent setting legal case due to Jury Nullification! How come? Why is this case gonna change the course of law?
That is because, like it or not, laws are created three ways:
- creatively by politicians
- destructively by judges
- and also destructively by juries like you (potentially) today in the appeal court!!!
You as a citizen and jury-member have the right to stand up and say, no fuck it, SecretStoner has a fucking point, this law is a motherfucking ass, screw this, fuck what you say, give the man a break, we find the defendant…. not guilty!
“Juries were instituted to protect citizens from the tyranny of government”
Clay S. Conrad defines “jury nullification” this way:
Jurors in criminal trials have the right to refuse to convict if they believe that a conviction would be in some way unjust… If juries are nothing more than rubber stamps, they are no limit on government’s power to pass unjust, immoral, or oppressive laws, and citizens are entirely at the mercy of sometimes jaded or corrupt courts and legislatures.
Jury Nullification in New Zealand
This Not-PC blog is decent and reminds us of the Waihopai verdict.
And for christs sake, look, why be all up and anctious about a herb which, well look this picture says it all…
I just wanna pay taxes and contribute to helping the environment and making some great music. Not sit in jail all day getting depressed about how cool my life used to be (and it was wicked) and how maybe I should kill myself cos now my lifes totally power-fucked. OK? Sort it. Power in your hand guvna. Do it jury man. Do me and your country proud. Do it for yourself.
Some good news about that shocking election: 192% increase in party vote for Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party!!! Good work dakta kiwis! OK, maybe you’re saying going from 0.25% to 0.48% aint much, and yeah you’re right. But that’s 9,516 people fighting against an oppressive, evil totalitarian waste of time racist prohibition. Freedom must come to our innocent political prisoners. However, I am growing tired of waiting so more action is needed.
Also, the only party with a greater increase was the Greens with an exactly 200% increase. Considering that the green party is powered by the awesomely intelligent and talented Metiria Turei, who is anti-prohibition, perhaps you can say this is a strong signal the public are giving the government about legalisation?
We just saw NZ’s shit-est election with the lowest ever voter turnout ever since records began back in the 1800s.
|2011||Party Votes||Change||Percentage||Change||Seats Allocated|
|ACT New Zealand||21,446||62.22%||1.07||70.86%||1|
|Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party||9,516||165.55%||0.48||192.00%||0|
|Democrats for Social Credit||1,432||132.72%||0.07||140.00%||0|
|New Zealand First Party||135,865||104.42%||6.81||119.06%||8|
Official results from the NZ 2008 general election, sorted by votes:
|The Republic of New Zealand Party||0||344||0.02|
|99 MP Party||0||601||0.03|
|Direct Democracy Party||0||782||0.03|
|Democrats for Social Credit||0||1079||0.05|
|New Zealand Family Rights Protection Party||0||1178||0.05|
|Christian Heritage NZ||0||2821||0.12|
|Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party||0||5748||0.25|
|Destiny New Zealand||0||14210||0.62|
|Jim Anderton’s Progressive||0||26441||1.16|
|ACT New Zealand||1||34469||1.51|
|United Future New Zealand||2||60860||2.67|
|New Zealand First Party||7||130115||5.72|
Here is a letter I received as a comment from a guy called Drago, who is a reader of the blog. Thought I’d tidy it up a bit and post it here as a blog.
I have been thinking about the lobby to legalise maryjuana in Canada. And based on my extensive research, I have concluded that legalisation is inevitable. More and more of our best and brightest, in the universities are experimenting with pot, and finding it harmless. The common sentiment is that pot alleviates stress, helps with loss of appetite, and with the intraocular pressure which results in glaucoma.
In this particular application, pot is being found to be a workable alternative to the installation of an ocular shunt. A medical procedure which allows intraocular fluid to drain from the eye, through a small tube.
Or health care system must embrace organic alternatives. They are at the door, and certainly worthy of consideration and review. Yet our laws and social mores are considerably narrow in scope, and clumsy in application.
My review of the efforts of the proponents of legalisation has shown a few shortfalls in their collective efforts, in particular, and their socio-political profile in general. Clearly, legislators and the public, are not persuaded to consider a worthy deference to these dedicated crusaders of social development. The emphasis on legalisation is ever stifled with the spectre of “recreational use”. This “focus” generally stifles an intelligent and informed review of all the facts. Generally too few facts are taken into consideration by the public, and legislators. Too much emphasis on “use for pleasure” has misbalanced the debate from a faculty of enlightened review. Part of the problem stems from a very naive approach on the part of the proponents of legalisation. they do not present an argument which would command a certain respect from the parties which oppose them. The opposition is a savvy collection of business people and lawyers in government, highly educated, highly capable, and highly competitive. And certainly adept at the classic repate of negotiation and debate.
I am writing this letter in order to solicit funding for a strategic review committee. I have worked out the essential planks of a new PR platform and an overall negotiation strategy. I have considered the problem thoroughly, and have isolated one instrumental flaw in the approach.
Lawyers and business people expect negotiators to have an itemised agenda of demands, expectations, arguments, and reasonable points of settlement. Succinctly, the classic negotiation strategy employs a very confident and demanding opening move: Ask for much more that you expect to get, in case your opponent is sleepy and unprepared. If you do not do this, you will not be respected as a shrewd negotiator, and by extension, you will not be respected as a capable and serious man. This is the most essential and common ethos of negotiation. Ask for more. And let the opposition talk you down. This “engagement” allows for a lively, and therefore committed debate, and the satisfaction of a hard won settlement.
The instrumental plank in my platform is unabashedly demanding for this reason. And for the same reason, stands a high chance of victory. It is realistic in terms of the general framework of arbitration strategies.
I am demanding much more than legalisation. I want pot to be mandatory. Mandatory for everyone above the age of 18. Pot should be in the water and in the air that we breathe. It should be in the food we eat, and in the fuel which propels our vehicles and heats our homes. It should be in people’s underwear and socks, as a sturdy insulation against this horrible Canadian winter. Pot should be grown ornamentally around the UN Building in New York, as a statement of purpose and mission. It should be mandatory among all people serving in the military. Especially the one’s who prefer RUSH.
I see a day when we will be writing on pot paper and wearing pot shirts.
I see a day when a man or woman will not be judged by the colour of their skin, the ethos of their creed, the content of their character, but by the quality of Cush which they provide at social gatherings. I see a day when there will be a pot leaf on every mirror, and on every bumper sticker. I see a day when hemp diapers will be saving the planet from disposable brands. Tragic deaths of dogs and wildlife will be alleviated by 98 percent from disposable diaper ingestion. If we achieve only this, we will have a considerable victory. I envision a day when the Rastafarian will have the same social credibility as a colonel in the Salvation Army. I see a day when the hippie creed will enlighten the droll and colourless into broad vistas of transcendental joy. I shall greet the day when boy scouts will reforest clear-cut swaths of our blessed wilderness with multitudes of Indicas and Sativas and that ever-evasive Cush. I see a day when parliament will be opened in the name of her royal majesty and proceed with the lighting of the bong. And will continue with debates on the meaning of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Capital hill in America will be awash in the delicious treats of Krispy Kreme. People will greet each other with a knowing nod, and “hooking up” will be the standard of social conciousness.
At this point, I believe, the opposition should be invited to partake. Here they will be riveted into a logical quandary. Either admit they do not know what they are talking about, or smoke up and join the party. Nevertheless they will be sufficiently disarmed and glowing with respect for the approach. “That’s what we want to hear”, they will say, and nod and smile. “It is good to discuss these things with a man of capability and understanding. “There is strength and dedication in your ranks”, “and we respect you as warriors”.” Live and let live”, they will say. “The smokers of the herb are focused and full of joy, and their celebration of consciousness has enlivened our multitudes, surely we shall rock on”….
In order to achieve all this, I need cash. Lots and lots of chash. As much as Guy Caballero could ever want or need. Lobbying is expensive. Booze and Prostitutes are eminently expensive. And plying the will of the political elite has never been a cheap proposition. It is a monumental undertaking and will require mountains of money. Your contributions will be tax deductible after the legislation has been changed. And all surpluses will be cheerfully refunded, in product.
Demand pot to be mandatory, and settle for legalisation.
This bill sounds all bad – it will or could (hopefully not) take harm-reducing vaporisers away from our shelves! I sure hope Nikki Kaye (my local MP) doesn’t vote for it, or at least can argue my point below against some of the clauses.
Here is a quote:
Extending drug paraphernalia
Section 22(1A) of the Act (“headed: Powers of Minister to prohibit importation, etc, of controlled drugs”) provides that the Minister may from time to time, by notice in the Gazette, prohibit the import or supply of any class of pipe or other utensil, not being a needle or syringe, that may be used for administering any controlled drug or in the preparation of any controlled drug to be administered, either absolutely or subject to such conditions as the Minister thinks fit.
Control of the importation and supply of drug utensils
“The provisions for prohibiting the importation and supply of utensils used for the purpose of administering controlled drugs will be expanded to make it an offence to possess utensils for the purpose of sale or supply and prohibit the importation of incomplete utensils that, for example, require only the addition of a metal cone for burning cannabis to become usable. This will allow Police and Customs to more effectively enforce the utensils provisions and minimise the visibility and availability of drug paraphernalia”.
They really badly need to make an exception for medical vaporisers! These devices allow a carcinogen-free delivery of the medicine to the patient, and banning them will create needless additional harm for no reason – an unintended side effect. A vaporiser works to reduce harm to the user by reducing the heat from around 400c for combustion down to where THC to boils at around 180c. Cancer causing free radicals are formed above 200c, thus the device is helpful. Or maybe the politicians want us to get ill, for example by making a pipe from an aluminium can etc.
Our suggestion for an improvement:
Insert an exemption for vaporisers… or an exemption for all marijuana utensils… or better still just remove paraphernalia clauses altogether!!
So the NZ Police are “testing the courts” by doing some pretty random and wasteful use of our countries resources in this horrible Operation Lime business… 9 district court judges have already refused to impose the bail conditions in this article, and where we here about the way the cops are freezing some assets unfairly. This is such a waste of time and many of the charges won’t be able to proceed. It reminds me of the so called terror raids on political activists a few years back, many of which didn’t get convicted.
Who starts these investigations?
We need to bring these people to justice – the crazy prosecutors, inspectors and detectives who feel its a good idea to investigate start ludicrous actions on innocent people, who often go free. That is the harshest abuse that I know of, maybe we pot smokers should start a class action lawsuit against ‘em!
Think about it: Nice people take drugs too. The desire for intoxication is not just human nature, but a behavior exhibited by other mammals too in scientific studies. So here we have totally nice people, never breaking any other law, earning their living, paying taxes, contributing to society in a meaningful manner, people like judges, lawyers, doctors, teachers, artists, politicians, scientists, and janitors, going about their private lives just wanting to relax at the end of a hard days work with a nice joint and not be persecuted like a Falon Gung practitioner in China might be: hunted down and thrown in jail.
The whole idea of incriminating people for doing something natural and harmless like this is very counterproductive for society as a whole. Governments primary responsibilities are economy and the environment: To keep the economy ticking over we need law and order, a system which was created to provide fairness and equality to all. The idea going that its just not cool for people to steal your stuff, be violent towards you, and other harmful things, and so law and order helps to create higher levels of trust and peace in society, and to remove the need to constantly arm oneself and ones house against all kinds of intruders (by creating ones own private security forces). The concept of law and order was never intended to be abused and turned against the people in a democracy, but this is definately what is happening with drug prohibition: New Zealand drug laws are used to arrest way more Maori than Pakeha in this country. Being in prison is also a precursor to a further life of crime too, so if the solution is to lock up 50% of the population (those who have tried Marijuana once in their lives), then overall the country would be in a worse position economically.
It would better for a country instead to turn against the prevailing stupidity of drug prohibition, and take the lead on the rest of the world. This could in fact result in a big hemp capitalisation. For example, if California was to legalise, it would be able to grow a majority of the weed for the rest of the states and make a tidy profit at the expense of other states that weren’t so forward thinking. Likewise, with Bolivia on track to legalise coca plants, it too could net some bigs wins in the cocaine supply world. New Zealand could become the Amsterdam of the south pacific, and eat into the canna-tourism market that Australia currently services, bringing additional wealth to our economy, and help strengthen our environment.
Recently we’ve heard that the government is planning to begin mining for minerals in our category 4 protected nature reserves here in NZ. Aparently there is a hundred billion dollars worth of gold and other minerals that could be dug up to bring some number of dollars into the economy (although the exact proportion is unknown – I suspect a foreign mining company would also stand to make millions, if not billions from the gold in our reserves)… none of which is renewable. A better bet would be to fully legalise cannabis in NZ, and this would be a renewable resources, and help us become less dependent on other nations, and boost the hemp export market.
Imprisonment of innocent people who have not harmed anyone causes the GDP to be lower.
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