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Only 8 people were convicted of smoking cannabis in 2012

Only 8 people were convicted of smoking cannabis in 2012

It’s pretty evident that the police are not interested in arresting innocent pot smokers – the results of this Official Information Act request from 2012 show that only 8 people were convicted of smoking cannabis.

I hereby declare cannabis decriminalised!

High res PDF of this poster:

http://www.legalise.org.nz/pdf/Lucky-Number-8.pdf

Original PDF of OIA Request:

http://www.legalise.org.nz/pdf/Official-Information-Act-Request-201307081002.pdf

 



Perhaps regular old school drugs like cocaine, ecstasy, and cannabis are safer than these new and quite bad ass new drugs like 2Ci, Bath Salts, and so on.

At least we have more info about them and doctors are able to treat the overdoses better perhaps.

If all drugs were taxed, regulated, and scientifically studied alongside these other analogues then the public could make a more informed choice about what they put in their bodies.

 



Just thought I’d carry the story as well…

J Day NZ Poster 2015

J Day NZ Poster 2015

 

Come to J Day, an international day celebrating our cannabis culture and a protest against the failed War on Drugs.

All events are free, starting at High Noon and run to 4:20pm or so.

  • Auckland – Albert Park. Features music and speakers, on the mighty JAFA Mafia sound system, plus market stalls and information booths.
  • Hamilton – Riff Raff Statue, Victoria St
  • Tauranga – Yatton Park
  • Whakatane – Historic Reserve
  • Taupo – The Black Shed, 10 Miro St.
  • Hastings – ANZAC Memorial, by the Library
  • New Plymouth – Bowl of Brooklands
  • Wellington – Frank Kitts Park
  • Christchurch – Cathedral Sq then ‘roll and stroll’ to Latimer Sq
  • Dunedin – The Octagon

About J Day:

Are you one of NZ’s half-million pot smokers, or do you know one of them? Most Kiwis support cannabis law reform. It’s time to demand change! J Day is a celebration/protest – held every year since 1992 – in support of NORML’s three campaign goals:

  1. A health issue, not a crime: Cannabis consumers and producers should not be criminals. Concentrate resources on problematic abuse. Let the police focus on crime that matters.
  2. Safe legal access to medical cannabis: Medicinal cannabis is allowed in 23 states in the USA, Israel, Netherlands, Spain, Canada etc. Why not here?
  3. Regulate cannabis, the safer choice: Low-risk drugs like cannabis should be regulated via an adults-only, taxable market similar to that in 5 US states, Uruguay and the Netherlands, or the way alcohol is regulated here. There would be no market for synthetic alternatives if natural cannabis were legal.

How you can help:

  • Come to J Day a celebration of cannabis culture with free events nationwide. Dress to impress. R18.
  • Promote our 3 key campaign themes (above)
  • Write or visit your MP – it does make a difference
  • Like us on facebook (normlnz) and follow us on twitter (normlnz)
  • Donate to NORML NZ Inc: 12-3057-0594667-00
  • Contact us at [email protected]

Note: J Day is R18, for adults only. No alcohol. No glass. No dogs. Please take your rubbish with you.

Big Thanks to our fellow organisers and sponsors: Green Cross, ALCP, Dunedin NORML, CLEAR, The Hempstore

J Day NZ 2015

J Day NZ 2015



Criminals are people who affect the good order of society. In the case of cannabis prohibition it is *the law itself* that is affecting the good order of our society, economy, and the environment. It also negatively affects the good order of society because it causes the law and police to be held in disregard, especially since it is harming good otherwise innocent productive people who have done nothing more than burn a dried up old plant flower, which is delicious and nutritious by the way!

New Zealand passed the Dangerous Drugs Act in 1927 banning cannabis and other drugs with no public discussion and little debate in parliament. Previously it was one of NZ’s chief medical exports around 1890. Strangely while it was patently obvious that alcohol prohibition fostered a lucrative and highly militarised gang culture in USA, and was quickly reversed, the same was not true of cannabis and other drugs. Some would even argue it provided another tool of racial oppression by western systems; seemingly against the Māori in New Zealand, black people in the US, or against the Rastafari of Jamaica. The dread-i are normally peaceful people with “one love” unity culture who wish to just burn a dried flower – but a catholic priest can burn incense made of whatever flowers he likes during his ceremony. How can that be?

Currently 2.27 million individuals languish in prison in the USA, a country of 318 million. They have the most and highest rate per capita only the Seychelles has higher incarceration. Compare this with the prison population of China a country that has supposedly terrible human rights records and no hint of democracy: 1.54 million from a population of 1.39 billion! There are cases in the US of people going to jail for a bag of weed. In New Zealand 16% are in prison for drug crimes (Source: Brian Rudman – NZ Herald Nov 5, 2014). A jury verdict to “Not Guilty” even in light of compelling and copious evidence including the admission of guilt to the actions presented may sadly have to be the way cannabis ends up decriminalised in this fine country.

Remember – one of the most vital purposes of a jury – one of the actual reasons they were created in 1215 was to protect good citizens from the tyranny of widely discredited unpopular laws. We even have a political party called ALCP devoted to it! If governments seem somehow unable to pass them, the police become machines bereft of ethical guidance…. just doing their job following the law like an ISIS fighter following the sharia law chopping another head off because you’re reptilian leader told you to?

In Latin, the phrase Cannabis Sativa means “useful”.

Indeed it is one of the most useful plants ever discovered, probably evolving alongside humans and is mentioned in every single ancient pharmacological manual ever produced: Ayurveda, Egyptian Papyrus. The Chinese term for “anesthesia” (mázui 麻醉) literally means “cannabis intoxication”. Called má 麻 (“hemp; numbness”) or dàmá 大麻 (“big; great”) in Chinese it was used in Taiwan for fiber starting about 10,000 years ago. An entire system of receptors in the brain is named after it: the endocannabinoid system. Humanity needs to be able to study this stuff safely.

Medicine in Latin is ars medicina, which means the art of healing. Musicians and artists are known to enjoy higher than normal doses of psychoactive substances. Creative people sometimes use drugs safely to expand their minds and great discoveries and art aren’t usually done in jail.

It may be the case that some people like to as they say in that song smoke weed till my eyes bleed. Perhaps as Socrates did they would be foolish to sacrifice themselves plead Not Guilty when all the best advice is to be untrue to the cause, buckle and head off to the new Drug Court which is a judge-alone trial without no jury. Socrates was executed in 399 BC after pleading Not Guilty to victimless crimes like this one. He was charged with the impious act of not believing in the correct deities and trying to come up with new ones. He died trying to make his point about the Roman legal system, sure hope you don’t. It’s in NZ’s best interest to discharge them without conviction or nullify and let them keep paying tax to Aotearoa rather than suck up more resources.

Finally… As a Jury member ask yourself if could you sleep well at night knowing you snuffed out another good innocent soul and that because of your selfish desire to finish the case and get out of court early just because they ran out of sandwiches or you got bullied by the bailiff  or other jury members that the destruction, hurt, gang violence, and economic drag of prohibition will continue onward forever….. ? Or will stand up for what you believe in, be counted, hang the jury, and be part of NZ history by finding them unanimously NOT GUILTY by virtue of the power of jury nullification, and cause de facto decriminalisation of cannabis to finally begin in NZ in earnest?



Great article in the herald today: Brian Rudman: High time Govt took notice of facts on drug war

Some highlights from the report that was suppressed for six months by the tories:

In a study of the drug laws of 11 countries, New Zealand included, the report concludes that punitive regimes like those in Britain and New Zealand have no impact on drug use. As Liberal Democrat Minister of State for Crime Prevention Norman Baker pointed out, “banging people up and increasing sentences does not stop drug use”.

And also, some tidy NZ stats thrown in:

In 2011, the Law Commission’s review of the Misuse of Drugs Act noted that 400,000 Kiwis broke the cannabis law every year. Many regularly. It said the police spent 598,000 hours fighting the war on drugs at an estimated cost of more than $100 million annually. In 2009, personal possession and use offences made up 69 per cent of the 25,000 drug offences recorded by the police. Another report records that 16 per cent of the prison population are inside for drug-related crimes.

I fully agree Brian!



Did you know the government can seize your assets without a conviction? All they need now is an allegation that a crime may have taken place. Here is a record of every forfeiture ever done since 2003…

So I got frustrated by the slow progress of cannabis legalisation in this country and decided I’d like to know how much money the government is currently potentially getting from their nasty little Criminal Proceeds Act.

This is the request:

Please supply a log of every forfiture ever done under the Proceeds of Crime act. In order to anonymise the data, I am happy to only receive a subset of the total records, but must include

  • date of forfiture
  • amount in dollars
  • geographic region (can be granular such as Otago/Auckland)
  • name of the law or laws that were allegidly broken
  • current status of the forfiture (in order to see if refunds are being given for falsely done forfitures)
  • ideally a serial code / ID code to help ensure the data is real and provide (not strictly required)
This should be dating back to 1991 when it was put into law.
http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1991/0120/latest/DLM250669.html

They responded with a PDF file made from rasterised text (I’d need to re-type it) which I redacted and rasterised below.

I’ve also data entered the scan into Excel to produce the following digital version of the data.

Excel file version of table below: Official Information Request

 

Number of forfeiture orders granted or granted by consent
between 2003 and 12 August 2013
2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 TOTAL
Auckland 6 16 6 33 17 9 19 11 6 1 124
Wellington 1 1 2 9 5 5 2 1 2 28
Christchurch 2 3 2 2 3 12
Dunedin 1 1
Hamilton 2 2
Invercagill 1 1
Napier 1 1
New Plymouth 1 1 2
Palmerston
North
0
Rotorua 4 4 3 3 2 16
Whangarei 1 4 2 1 1 9 1 1 20
TOTAL 4 11 24 10 45 30 20 26 21 10 6 207
Forfeiture
order $ amounts ‘granted’ or ‘granted by consent’ between 2003 and 12 August
2013
2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 TOTAL
Auckland $49,764 $68,429 $9,037 $139,040 $14,850 $142,549 $102,970 $225,677 $50,365 $8,950 $811,631
Wellington $36,904 $96,816 $1,800 $545 $3,124 $940 $140,129
Christchurch $3,479,965 $5,042 $5,316 $1,300 $3,398,425 $6,890,048
Dunedin $3,000 $3,000
Hamilton $0
Invercagill $0
Napier $0
New Plymouth $0
Palmerston
North
$764,830 $764,830
Rotorua $5,838 $5,800 $2,465 $14,103
Whangarei $774 $664,500 $4,100 $2,020 $3,000,000 $3,671,394
TOTAL $3,480,739 $57,806 $738,245 $45,941 $237,156 $3,423,213 $150,149 $105,535 $231,266 $3,050,365 $774,720 $12,295,135

 

I also asked if it included the assets seized from one Kim Dotcom, to this their answer – from the Police this time – was as follows:

Police response in regards to Kim Dotcom Confiscations

Police response in regards to Kim Dotcom Confiscations

 

 

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This stuff looks like its the bomb:

 

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Interesting article

http://brookingblog.com/2013/09/22/torture-in-new-zealand-1-the-so-called-at-risk-cells/

 



NORML presents the 21st Annual J Day – Sat 4 May, 2013

For the 21st year NORML presents J Day: Saturday May 4th, 2013, from high noon.

J Day Auckland 2013

J Day Auckland 2013

 

J Day 2013 – A4 poster

  • Auckland – Albert Park (in association with Jafa Mafia and The Hempstore)
    • Stage timetable:
      11am WrongWay Ray
      11.30 J Red
      12. Rich Gilbert
      12.30 Lowe 1
      13.00 Azbo
      13.30 Kola (Drunk Elelephant)
      14.00 Fj (Jugglin Crew)
      14.30 DJ Exile + MC Projectile
      15.00 Issa
      15.30 DJ Locksteady
      16:00 BULLETPROOF & DUTTY RANX
      16.30 Jafa Mafia till close

Plus 200 more cities all around the world, all calling for an end to cannabis prohibition!

Come along and show your support for NORML’s three campaign goals:

  • Treat cannabis as a health issue, not a crime
  • Safe, legal access for medicinal cannabis patiens
  • A regulated, taxable market for cannabis and other low risk drugs

J Day features music, stalls and a positive vibe. No alcohol or dogs please. Strictly R18. Stallholders – see our contact page.



 
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