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!!!
This is because in a free society, if the people see that a law is wrong, they can oppose it. If enough cases fall to jury nullifcation, the government must pass a law.
If you feel that there is something wrong happening here – and you should – then I suggest you acquit me. This is the only sure approach in order to maintain your own good sanity and peace of mind. Otherwise you shall have to consider the fact that you have directly contributed to the very real and material suffering that would happen to me if I got convicted for this victimless crime. Think about it again – I would go into Jail because of you, in a sense because you personally believe that the laws being tried in that court that day were valid. These laws aren’t necessarily valid, and you do not have to abide by them, even though the judge and bailiff may restrain me and try to stop me from telling you this, the reality is that you do actually have the ability to say no, enough is enough, and this person here is innocent of these “crimes”.
For I have done nothing more than help my good friends to find a super high quality dried flower that was grown, and perhaps even help them to not encounter other “dark side” type characters who might sell more chemical-based highs due to the underworld associated with the prohibition of cannabis. Cannabis is not a gateway drug. Cannabis prohibition is the gateway drug. That’s the thing that exposes people to uncontrolled sale of narcotic. Legalise the growing, sale and distro, helps not only the health of the users but also the economy and environment too. I guess the point of this paragraph is that I was helping society doing this thing they want to continue to call a crime.
CAUTION: Do not allow yourself to become brainwashed. The bailiff and judge will now try and pursuade you not to consider anything that I have to say – they may have already tried to bar me from saying this very speech that I pre-wrote beforehand for this very day (hate to see I had to fucking use this letter). If they do that shit, then I am definitely taking this shit to the appeals court, maybe even the supreme court, fuck it, what ever it takes, this shit is important to me. Anyhow back to the point of this paragraph: The babylon system will now try to tell you this not relevant and to only consider the evidence at hand and the laws at hand, not whether the laws are correct or not. Don’t believe the hype: Go and read up on that wikipedia page about it : if a pattern of acquittals develops in response to repeated attempts to prosecute a statutory offence, it can have the de facto effect of invalidating the statute. A pattern of jury nullification may indicate public opposition to an unwanted legislative enactment.. Hello? Did you hear that correct? Yes that could perhaps be a “public opposition” right there. Acquit me or try and sleep nowing I’m insider because of your pathetic weakness, not being able to stand up for your own self let alone someone who really could use your help right now (me).
Seriously – I want you to sleep well at night. Don’t put this puppy into prison. It’s actually waiste fo money (I’m contributing tax dollars currently, but inside it will cost about $200k to you as a tax payer). Do the right thing. Sleep well.
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.
And for christs sake, look, why be all up and anctious about a herb which, well look this picture says it all…
BE HAPPY OK – DONT BE GOING PUTTING NICE GUYS LIKE ME IN JAIL
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 to rebuild it later. 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.
ACT New Zealand
Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party
Democrats for Social Credit
New Zealand First Party
Official results from the NZ 2008 general election, sorted by votes:
Smokescreen raises the subject of drug policies in effect worldwide, focusing on their social and political implications in countries such as Brazil, England, Spain, Holland, Switzerland, Argentina and the US. Its premise is a rethink of countries’ prohibitionist drug policies. The confronting documentary discusses some of the consequences of such drug laws, such as violence and corruption, reaching unacceptable levels.
Through interviews in Brazil and abroad with physicians, researchers, leaders, policemen and representatives of civil movements, the filmmaker and journalist Rodrigo Mac Niven introduces a new vision of the early 21st century. It is a documentary that questions prohibition, and discusses the complexities of a taboo subject with honesty and transparency.
Friday 23 September 6:30pm Wellington Paramount Theatre
Sunday 25 September 3:00pm Wellington Paramount Theatre
Tuesday 27 September 6:30pm Wellington Paramount Theatre
Friday 28 October 6:30pm Auckland Rialto Cinemas Newmarket
Sunday 30 October 3:00pm Auckland Rialto Cinemas Newmarket
Tuesday 01 November 6:30pm Auckland Rialto Cinemas Newmarket
Here are some pics from around the ‘net collected together from the J Day Auckland 2011 event, which was fantastic. Please send yours in, I can blur any faces if required before upload.
This first one is arguably the best and captures the shot I was hoping to find from the day. Thanks to Gonzo. It was exciting to be part of such a large 4:20 smoking celebration, definitely I have not seen that much being smoked in one place, this even beats the Sly and Robbie concert.
UPDATE: Dam Native have been confirmed to play at the official J Day Auckland after party at Kings Arms from 7pm!
This is happening in: Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, New Plymouth, Hastings, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin, Invercargill
NORML presents J Day, the international day of cannabis liberation!
Free events (R18) are happening in:
Auckland – Albert Park
Hamilton – Lake stage
Tauranga – venue TBC
Hastings – Library steps
New Plymouth – Puke Ariki landing
Wellington – Frank Kitts
Christchurch – New Brighton (by pier)
Dunedin – The Octagon
Invercargill – venue TBC
All events start at high noon and go til about 4:20.
Strictly R18 – No alcohol – No dogs – Good times!
What J Day is about:
J Day is an international celebration of the cannabis culture and protest against prohibition, now happening in over 200 cities around the world, on the first Saturday in May every year.
Most J Day events feature music from supportive bands and DJs, guest speakers, market stalls, cannabis information and activation. But entertainment is not really the point: come to J Day to show your support for sensible drug law reform.
J Day is a positive, happy, celebration.
How you can help:
- dress to impress
- don’t bring any alcohol or dogs
- bring placards & signs
- wear your fave pot t shirt or badge
- learn your Civil Rights before you go (see http://norml.org.nz/topic7.html)
- help spread the word
- help us put up posters and distribute fliers
- call gig guides & talkback radio
- help us find food & market stalls
- help us clean up after the event
Thanks to all our helpers, supporters, musicians, stall operators, and our sponsors:
Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party (ALCP)
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.
I’ve just created a new section of the site called “Funny”. This is where I’m gonna chuck all the amusing weed info I can find! Please help me by contributing either as a blog writer or just put some cool shit in the comments! Cheers! – Secret Stoner.
Protestors light a bunch of weed in a police station in NZ This is some pretty crazy footage that TV3 got when protestors ambushed a police station all at once and set of a “cannabis bomb” (I’m guessing this is just a ball of cabagge weed?) down at some police station:
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”.
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”6.
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!!
This website was actually created primarily as a place to disseminate copies of a poster that I am working on. I want to do a large A0 size poster run in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch using this official release version 1.0
It’s high time to
Nice people take drugs too
Criminalising society reduces our GDP
Won’t need new prisons & save $60M/yr
Free up police and justice system to focus on actual crime
Helps bring trust back to the police force (and raise morale)
Cannabis Industry will stimulate Job Growth!
Foster pot-tourism to add billions to tourism market
Effective treatment for Glaucoma and Multiple sclerosis
Cannabis scientifically proven to reduce lung cancer!
God made weed, man made Alcohol – who do you trust?
Half of all Kiwis are criminals… because 52% have tried pot
Prohibition provides lucrative revenue stream to gangs
Pot seeds are a great source of nutrients
Hemp excellent in-demand quality fibre
Pot enriches soil by fixing nitrogen
Emerging Clinical Applications for Cannabis & Cannabinoids: A review of the recent scientific literature in 2009, reviews nearly 200 scientific trials assessing the therapeutic utility of cannabinoids for the treatment of nineteen clinical indications: Alzheimer’s disease, ALS, chronic pain, diabetes mellitus, dystonia, fibromyalgia, gastrointestinal disorders, gliomas, hepatitis C, HIV, hypertension, incontinence, MRSA, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, sleep apnoea, and Tourette’s syndrome.
Also See: Endocannabinoids: The Brain and Body’s Marijuana and Beyond (Hardcover)
Cannabis more likely to cure cancer than cause it:
2009: Cannabinoid action induces autophagy-mediated cell death through stimulation of ER stress in human glioma cells, by Guillermo Velasco, Complutense University, Madrid, Spain.
2009: Cannabinoid action induces autophagy-mediated cell death through stimulation of ER stress in human glioma cells, by Salazar et al. Journal of Clinical Investigation, 2009; DOI: 10.1172/JCI37948.
1975: THC Shrinks Tumours, by Munsen A.E et al. J Nat Cancer Inst, Vol 55, No. 3, Sept 1975.