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Zombie-like Justice System Jails Kelly van Gaalen

The MOJ showing it has no consciousness, and simply going through the motions ruining good honest pot growers lives. At the time of writing this blog post on 17 September, a search on Google for “Kelly van Gaalen” cannabis brings up a huge number of pages covering the story with unique opinion pieces. Here is a selection of what I found today: 30 different domains with articles on the subject, and scroll down for a list of all 28 pages on NZ Herald about this cannabis case. Well now after this blog post goes live, another domain with an article about this travesty of justice.

http://publicaddress.net/hardnews/judicial-caprice-is-no-way-to-pursue-law/

http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/northland/70917860/kelly-van-gaalen-supporters-want-bail-for-cannabis-sentence

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/regional/281295/cannabis-cases-different,-lawyer-says

http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2015/08/the_kelly_van_gaalen_case.html

http://yournz.org/2015/08/11/brown-slams-van-gaalen-prison-sentence/

http://party.cannabis.org.nz/node/44

http://freekelly.nz/

https://www.facebook.com/freedomforkelly

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL1508/S00060/420-protest-at-parliament-in-support-of-kelly-van-gaalen.htm

http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2015/08/05/mother-of-3-jailed-for-2-years-the-madness-of-nzs-cannabis-laws/

https://www.change.org/p/new-zealand-parliament-free-kelly-van-gaalen

https://www.facebook.com/normlnz

http://www.whaleoil.co.nz/2015/08/is-taking-drugs-a-human-right/

https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/legalfundsforkelly

https://disqus.com/home/discussion/cannabisparty/free_kelly_van_gaalen/

https://www.drugfoundation.org.nz/matters-of-substance/august-2015/directors-cut

https://nz.news.yahoo.com/top-stories/a/29217087/calls-for-lighter-sentences-for-cannabis-offences/

http://www.odt.co.nz/news/national/352295/cannabis-protesters-light-parliament

http://norightturn.blogspot.co.nz/2015/08/pointless-waste.html

“It costs nearly $100,000 a year to keep someone in prison. Can anyone really say that that’s money well spent in this case? Can anyone really say that jailing this woman will make us safer, or improve our society? Imprisoning recreational drug users who harm no-one but themselves is simply pointless and wasteful, and the sooner we stop doing it the sooner the police can refocus their resource son real crime.”

http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/crime/calls-for-lighter-sentences-for-cannabis-offences/

http://www.radiolive.co.nz/DUNCAN-GARNER-Time-to-decriminalise-weed/tabid/615/articleID/95314/Default.aspx

“Peter Dunne says the new approach on drugs will show compassion, innovation and proportion.”

NZ’s we’ve gone through a period probably from the 1970s where the rhetoric was all about the war on the drugs as we look around all the countries

http://www.ccguide.org/news/shownewsarticle.php?articleid=21077

https://ecannabis.com/news/nz-kelly-van-gaalen-supporters-want-bail-for-cannabis-sentence-stuff-nz/

It has een been covered in a fully German article:

http://www.rollingstoned.nl/11-8-15-wietschandaal-nz-om-kelly-van-gaalen/

“Grof schandaal in Nieuw-Zeeland: wegens het bezit van 684 gram wiet – afkomstig van twee potente buitenplanten in haar tuin – moet de 38-jarige Kelly van Gaalen, moeder van drie kinderen, 2 jaar de gevangenis in. Op sociale media zijn acties gestart om haar te helpen.”

http://www.getfrank.co.nz/editorial/media/pointless-waste

“It costs nearly $100,000 a year to keep someone in prison. Can anyone really say that that’s money well spent in this case? Can anyone really say that jailing this woman will make us safer, or improve our society? Imprisoning recreational drug users who harm no-one but themselves is simply pointless and wasteful, and the sooner we stop doing it the sooner the police can refocus their resource son real crime.”

http://zealandiablog.net.nz/war-on-drugs-the-collateral-damage/

Any economist will tell you that according to his/her textbook all you will achieve by reducing the supply is rising prices. This in turn will lead to more crime to pay for more expensive drugs to feed your habit or just to have a good time. The economists believing in market theory agree that you cannot solve any real or perceived drug problem by fiddling with the supply side. Nobel-Prize Winning Economists: The War On Drugs Is A Catastrophic ‘Billion-Dollar Failure’ reads the headline in Business Insider Australia. “The pursuit of a militarized and enforcement-led global ‘war on drugs’ strategy has produced enormous negative outcomes and collateral damage.”

http://www.voxy.co.nz/politics/protest-parliament-today/5/228843

“A group is heading to Parliament today to protest against the imprisonment of Kelly van Gaalen and to call for cannabis to be legalised in New Zealand.”

http://andragogytheory.com/2015/08/10/many-examples-of-drug-sentencing-inconsistency/

http://yournz.org/2015/08/11/many-examples-of-drug-sentencing-inconsistency/

http://www.wakeupnz.net/alcohol-v-cannabis-do-laws-reflect-harm-in-society/

“Police had no evidence of dealing for profit, and the judge jailed her on the basis of supply simply because of the amount she possessed.”

https://nz.newshub.org/kaikohe-rallies-after-woman-jailed-cannabis-supply-18026032.html

List of all 28 NZ Herald articles mentioning Kelly van Gaalen case:

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/northern-advocate/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503450&objectid=11507137

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/northern-advocate/news/headlines.cfm?c_id=1503450

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/northern-advocate/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503450&objectid=11506291

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11503426

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nicholas-jones/news/headlines.cfm?a_id=715

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz-government/news/headlines.cfm?c_id=144

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/headlines.cfm?c_id=1

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/front-page-top-stories/news/headlines.cfm?c_id=698

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/northern-advocate/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503450&objectid=11501957

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/northland-age/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503399&objectid=11500163

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/northland-age/opinion/news/headlines.cfm?c_id=1503399

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/northland-age/news/headlines.cfm?c_id=1503402

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/northland-age/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503399&objectid=11498919

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11495615

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/brian-rudman/news/headlines.cfm?a_id=1

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/headlines.cfm?c_id=466

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/headlines.cfm?c_id=280

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/drug-abuse/news/headlines.cfm?c_id=181

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/northern-advocate/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503450&objectid=11496445

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/northland-age/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503399&objectid=11496529

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/northland-age/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503402&objectid=11496509

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11496164

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11494203

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/northland-age/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503402&objectid=11495335

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/wairarapa-times-age/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503411&objectid=11494630

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/wairarapa-times-age/opinion/news/headlines.cfm?c_id=1503411

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/northern-advocate/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503450&objectid=11491031

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/northern-advocate/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503450&objectid=11411625

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/northern-advocate/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503450&objectid=11408241

August 12th Issue of Neighbourly

http://northernnews.realviewdigital.com/default.aspx?iid=125595&startpage=page0000001#folio=1

 

This article is not related to the Kelly van Gaalen case, but is interesting to note it shows high cannabis use in NZ:

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10893332

New Zealand Drug Detection Agency workplace testing figures show 6784 workplace drug tests were conducted in the Bay of Plenty region last year, of which 8 per cent were “non-negative”.