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First Friday of Every Month at 4:20pm

**UPDATE** February event: facebook.com/events/508247816002388

Except for this first event, which is on 8 January.

Facebook Event Page: facebook.com/events/1642577935959707
Friday, 8 January 2016 from 4:20pm until approximately 6pm
Albert Park Band Rotunda
(near Princes Street map)

Auckland Monthly 420 Protest

Auckland Monthly 420 Protest

Like a J Day that happens every month! The basic concept: bring some weed, musical instruments, posters, and things related to cannabis for a jam, smoking session, and general open discussion to promote the legalisation, taxation and regulation of our holy sacramental herb mother ‘tiva!

Future events to be held on the first Friday of every month at 4:20pm starting out with this one (and Friday 5th February) in the Band Rotunda at Albert Park but potentially moving to a larger park if or once it gets bigger!

http://www.legalise.org.nz/
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It is not our fault the government has been slow to consider taxation of such a universally useful plant and that a “farmers market” of ganja would be a useful resource for discovering and trying new strains and flavours.

2016 Protest Calendar

Friday 8 January

Friday 5 February

Friday 4 March

Friday 1 April (April Fools Day!)

Friday 6 May

Friday 3 June

Friday 1 July

Friday 5 August

Friday 2 September

Friday 7 October

Friday 4 November

Friday 2 December



This post is inspired by a frame from feature documentary The Union: The Business Behind Getting High (2007), an incredibly good fast paced documentary which is embedded below.

The Entourage Effect

The Entourage Effect



An Italian team of scientists have discovered evidence of potential brain growth stimulatory effects on rat brain extracts in vitro. I say potential because its in a test tube and it’s also from rats brains.

Specifically, [CBC] cannabichromene appeared to increase the viability of developing brain cells – known to scientists as adult neural stem progenitor cells (NSPC).

 

See: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0197018613002106

CBC Molecular Structure.

CBC Molecular Structure.



Send the government a message yourself: c.finlayson@ministers.govt.nz or phone (04)817 6808

[UPDATE] After sending the initial letter to Chris on 3rd December and getting no reply, I decided to follow up and recapitulate exactly the information I was after

  • Do you intend to inform parliament that the cannabis inclusion in the MODA contravenes the NZBORA in multiple manners?
  • If not, then why not please?
  • If this country truly is a representative democracy, not a democratic dictatorship as it currently seems to be (with the use of urgency to pass laws etc), shouldn’t the fact that public opinion is obviously in favour of whole-plant product medical marijuana be of some significance?
  • Should these new facts and public opinions be enough now to cross the threshold for you to do something in your official capacity and inform parliament of the conflict?
  • The united nations has put NZ on notice for our ridiculous search and seizure laws in two periodic reports.
  • This is a safe non-toxic dried flower bud that grows naturally and has evolved alongside humankind for many millennia: god made weed, man made alcohol, who do you trust?

Dear Chris,

I thought I had better flick you an email as I was reading over some legal criticisms of The New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 and noticed that since the Act is not higher law and does not “override” other laws, the Courts must interpret other laws consistently with the Bill of Rights Act if at all possible. All bills are assessed for consistency with BORA before they are introduced into Parliament, and yet we see Cannabis Sativa introduced into the schedules of the Misuse of Drugs Act back in 1975 before we knew of it’s medicinal values and before NZ had any constitutionally guaranteed rights, without any debate in parliament and absolutely no public consultation whatsoever!

Now I understand that in our democracy, there is a good faith understanding that where there is an inconsistency in a bill, the Attorney-General must inform Parliament. While this does not prevent Parliament passing inconsistent laws, it does ensure that any issues are fully debated with respect to their impact on our nearly non-existent human rights!

I demand that you immediately inform parliament in your capacity as Attorney-General so that it* can be debated with urgency, and pressure placed upon all of parliament not just the ministry of health. We have some of the highest incarceration rates in the world and if you include home detention and community detention then we are number 1 in the English speaking world (see my infographic that plots all forms of incarceration over time), and three studies have proven that cannabis prohibition is used against the Maori to persecute them beyond what is reasonable.

It is my view that due to the fact that:

  • 34% of kiwis have tried it that’s 1.5 million people [3] and according to Horizon Research poll 540,000 kiwi’s try pot once a year or more [4]
  • When Kelly van Gaalen was incarcerated, I counted 58 unique website domains with articles! Wake up yeah? [5]
  • It’s not bullshit this medical quality in cannabis, but you need to update one Peter Dunne about The Entourage effect. It’s real, Google it, the people need whole product cannabis see [6]
  • Kiwi’s love a good bit of green and it fits with our culture

I currently have lodged an appeal in the High Court against a sentence of community detention that I recently acquired through a cannabis possession charge at my house that arose from an unwarranted search due to police smelling it. My home has been searched by police three times this year, once with a warrant, twice without, and yet never has a supply charge resulted.

This appeal is likely not a good use of High Court time but I am confident to be granted at least a call over hearing for this possession charge, based on the valid points I’ve raised in this letter being present in my appeal also.

* I’d appreciate you to ask parliament that Cannabis be removed from the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 since it is incompatible with Bill of Rights Act 1990 due to multiple breaches of at least 5 sections below, not to mention the Health Act 1956 and the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.; the repeal of the Tohunga Suppression Act etc etc. and that work be done with urgency on developing a regulatory framework for the taxation of the industry. This would remove a lucrative source of income for gangs, and make it harder to children to access.

Relevant Sections of The Bill of Rights Act 1990

Section 21 Our right to privacy: such as the right to an expectation against unreasonable search and seizure while out and about but especially in the privacy in ones own home so long as it does not injure another person

Section 27 The right to justice: “Irrelevant to case” evidence such as general case law, scientific studies government reports, legislation and the outcomes of cases in other countries are unlikely to have been deemed admissible to show by defence to a judge alone trial, since the judge would be unable to consider our human rights (due to them being well non-existent)

Section 13 Our right to practice our own religions; such as Cantheism, a theology that considers cannabis sativa a holy sacrament

Section 9 Not to be subjected to cruel treatment: nobody seems to have any idea what our Corrections system is doing to innocent cannabis growers and dealers – these are nice people too – but we do have one of the highest suicide rates in the world in New Zealand.

Section 22 Liberty of the person being the right not to be arbitrarily arrested or detained: NZ Citizens have lost the right to a trial by a jury of our peers; for cannabis possession does not qualify for jury trial, yet this is the only way I can move to have my human rights considered?

[1] You must inform Parliament see http://www.justice.govt.nz/publications/global-publications/n/the-new-zealand-legal-system/bill-of-rights-act

[2] A peak of 18,000 citizens detained in 2010 according to corrections see: http://www.legalise.org.nz/infographic/

[3] https://norml.org.nz/2012/540000-current-marijuana-users/

[4] http://www.horizonpoll.co.nz/page/203/540000-using-marijuana-in-past-year

[5] 58 websites carry stories on van Gaalen case: http://www.legalise.org.nz/public-interest/

[6] Learn about the science here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNz1GsjbqaE

Also I found evidence that you imbibe yourself, it seems fairly legit:

Evidence that Chris Finlayson uses marijuana. "I love the ganja"

Evidence that Chris Finlayson uses marijuana. “I love the ganja”

 



Today is the birth of a new category on the website: How to defend your self in court or “Rep Self” as I like to say!

I’ll update this category with useful information relevant to the self defence in court as it comes to hand!

Request a Pre sentencing indication – simulates a Guilty plea, buys your more time to prepare your defence. Here you can ask for a jury trial and they will be able to strike out your charges because they do not feel cannabis is serious enough for it.
Consult a duty solicitor.
A good article about the Pre Trial Process is here on the Community Law website.
Finally, Appeal your sentence in the High Court. More info soon…

Duty Lawyer Notice at Auckland District Court

Duty Lawyer Notice at Auckland District Court

 

Ask for a Jury Trial!

Toward the end of the alcohol prohibition in USA, juries ceased convicting good honest people for alcohol, and the same will happen in New Zealand soon I believe.

For charges that are to be heard by a judge alone, without a jury, the case review will take place 30 working days after the defendant pleads not guilty.

For Category 3 offences (that is, offences carrying a prison term of two years or more), defendants have the right to choose a jury trial, and if they do so, the case review takes place 45 working days after the not guilty plea.



Soldiers burned marijuana

Soldiers burned marijuana plants found in a field of blue agave in Jalisco State in Mexico. Leaders in Latin America are questioning Washington’s hard-line antidrug strategy in the region. Credit Hector Guerrero/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

This just in from the news desk! Report thanks to leafly: https://www.leafly.com/news/headlines/breaking-mexico-supreme-court-rules-cannabis-prohibition-unconsti 

Mexico’s Supreme Court made a monumental decision today that could lay the groundwork for a legalization movement with some serious traction. The vote by the Supreme Court’s criminal chamber ruled that it is unconstitutional to prohibit individuals from growing and distributing cannabis for personal use.

This ruling may allow law enforcement to focus on more serious, violent crime, such as murder, kidnapping, and violent assault, and lessen the penalties against low-level, nonviolent drug offenders.

 



The following design can be used to create a stencil for making spray paint protest artworks on the fly!

Tax & Regulate Cannabis Now! Stencil Design

Tax & Regulate Cannabis Now! Stencil Design

 

Available in multiple formats: PDF | PNG | Indesign

The cannabis leaf EPS is also available: Leaf EPS



Here is a beautifully formatted application form you can use to give to your doctor to ask him to prescribe you some non-pharmaceutical medical cannabis:

Application under Reg 22 MOD Regs for Approval to Prescribe a Cannabis Product (PDF)

It’s 13 pages mind!

weed-form

Update: This page has recently become the number 2 landing page on the site next to the homepage. Now that’s saying something isn’t it?

app-form-is-popular



I was curious to check exactly how safe is cannabis?

For a kiwi woman, 92 grams of pure THC would likely kill 50% of them. But that’s like 20,000 joints in 15 minutes; and likely based on intravenous injection of pure THC into monkeys.

It’s Non-Toxic and Prevents Bladder Cancer

It turns out Marijuana is non-toxic and very safe to consume with a vapouriser. Smoking anything is dangerous, unhealthy and to be avoided, but non-combustive forms of consumption actually  reduce incidence of bladder cancer by 45%.

Don’t ask me check the NIH study that involves 84,000 men aged between 45 and 69. It showed that of the 34,000 cannabis-only users, only 89 developed bladder cancer during the 11 year study (less than 0.3% incidence), which was statistically significantly less than the 190 men (0.4%) who did not report cannabis use. See: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25623697

89 people with cancer versus 190 with cancer. Pretty clear numbers.

That’s insane in the membrane and a fairly major discovery!

I decided to check if it is non-toxic and it appears to be so far if you check the LD50 level of THC. This is the level at which 50% of subject perish from the lethal dose. to get the THC needed to maybe kill you, you would need to consume 1500 pounds of ganga in 15 minutes in order to get the toxic effect.

Mind = Blown!!!!!

Also the old study that showed toxicity was when they strapped gas masks on the animals and suffocated them to death, that’s plain cruel.

Some Example Lethal Dose Numbers For Comparison

The average New Zealand female over the age of 15 weighs 72.6kg so I’ll put the lethal dosage for this weight in brackets at the end of each line.

  • Oral LD50 of grain alcohol: 10.6 g/kg in young rats, 7.06 g/kg in aged rats
    • 769 grams of alcohol is equal to 1.9 litres of 40% spirits
  • Oral LD50 of nicotine: 50 mg/kg in rats
    • 3.6 grams of nicotine or 300 cigarettes @ 12mg per cig
  • Oral LD50 of Table Salt: 3 g/kg in rats
    • 217 grams
  • LD50 of Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) (active ingredient found in Cannabis): Fischer rat, oral 1,270 mg/kg 1.270
    • 92 grams of what would need to be essentially pure THC for example hash oil
    • That would likely cost between $4k-$10k worth of product I reckon
  • LD50 of smoked and inhaled Cannabis or Marijuana: unknown, at present it is estimated that marijuana’s LD-50 is around 20,000 to 40,000 joints
  • LD50 of batrachotoxin: estimated at 1 to 2 µg/kg in humans
  • LD50 of Polonium 210: estimated at 10 (inhaled) to 50 (ingested) nanograms in humans makes this one of the most toxic substances known. One gram in theory could poison 100 million people of which 50 million would die.



Here’s a legit conspiracy theory: the courts have suppressed the media coverage of the outcome of the Kelly van Gaalen appeal. Me and my ganja-gnomes have calculated by a process of deduction, that this means she is out on bail awaiting a re-trial. If she was back inside or had been freed then it would be front page news!

But due to the court ordered suppression you won’t see a peep from the mainstream media – it’s gone eerily quiet. UNTIL NOW.

I’m hereby breaking the silence and requesting all other media owners to do the same. Go one further and shout loudly for all juries to acquit Kelly in her retrial regardless of the evidence of the case. Ignore the evidence and go into the trial with bias.

I hereby instruct all Jurors to remember their responsibility is to deliver justice, not uphold the law. Acquit all cannabis accused from now onwards, and by any means possible you must also therefore acquit Kelly with prejudice!

58 different websites have carried stories about Kelly so it is in The Public Interest… Image available as PNG or PDF

Kelly-van-Gaalen-Public-Interest