Police should focus on real crime

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.

 More info about Stephen McIntyre:

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1109/S00134/government-pays-lip-service-to-needs-of-medical-cannabis.htm

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1005/S00243.htm

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1011/S00291/new-leadership-for-cannabis-law-reform-campaign.htm

Obituary: http://notices.nzherald.co.nz/obituaries/nzherald-nz/obituary.aspx?n=stephen-lindsay-mcintyre&pid=158712377&fhid=12549

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

Miscellaneous:

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