other healthier views

I watched a TV lecture by a nutritionist, talking about ‘ingesting healthy things, gives a healthier body’. (I tend to agree, she was a ‘total picture of health’)
She listed : Sugar, wheat, caffeine, alcohol, tobacco & Drugs; in the list of ‘bad things’. She stated that many overdo all these items & it is a detriment to a healthy lifestyle. The one item, I listened to specifically, was her comments of drugs;
She stated that Alzheimer’s is increasingly appearing in people in their 30s-40s now. It seems that many are abusing drugs; ‘marijuana’, heroin, specifically mentioned. She said that there are reports of people using ‘m-j’ just 1-2 times & developing mental problems. Maybe ‘pre-disposed’ to a mental illness ?

Then she clarified the main concern; the people most often affected, are those who start using these drugs in their early teens 12-13 years & go on, to regular use, throughout their teens & onward. This is shown to affect the brain’s development, in this crucial stage (adolescence). So whilst I did think this lecturer, was leaning a bit in the prohibition direction.. I could not fault her reasoning for avoiding drug use (esp. youth), if it is causing harm or mental illness. On this I can only agree with Barbara.. keep drugs out of the hands of young people (R18+) especially !

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dreams of ordinary men

When I think of the things I’d like to see on the drug reform issues front.. I keep hearing the old Kiwi song by Dragon.. ‘the Dreams of ordinary men’.. amen

It seems that when many hear talk of this nature, its dominated by the extreme views; ‘1000s of stoned hippies lying about, smoking pot all day’ BUT if truth be known, we already have that, it just has no actual regulation, other than PROHIBITION.. so here’s a few ideas;

1) licensed adults only; cannabis clubs/members & open-door social facilities (like coffeeshops) with small retail sales (5 grams)

2) Police spend their resources, ensuring it IS kept away from youth (R18), only arrest dealers & refer youth to education/treatment/training

3) roadside driving testing for recent use, not a test that shows a positive result, for use in the last month or so

4) mandatory drug testing in workplace only, for those in heavy dangerous industry or professional driving. Other drug testing should only be carried out where ‘on the job’ use is likely provable.

5) a focus on Drug Education from (intermediate school/Junior High) with other messages about health, fitness etc. & avoid drug use until adult age. ie no more PROHIBITION only B-S.. real facts/figures

6) end of all the misinformation that divides our society

7) END of the prohibitionist WAR on DRUGS in Aotearoa/NZ & the world.. before 2020

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proznconz of status quo

It seems that NZers will have a ‘choice’ on 23/9/17.. that many are seeing as ‘coke v pepsi’ (2 biggest political parties).. but according to media, it will be ‘status quo’ (on drug laws) Vs ‘potential alternatives’. So I thought I’d write my thoughts, on the ProZnConZ of status quo only:

ProZ;

1) ‘it’s the DEVIL we all know’; society is already caught up (totally) in the; black-market, gangster ridden society & totally unregulated/corrupt regime called ‘Zero-tolerance’ (or prohibition)

2) it keeps the entire ‘Prohibition Industry‘ (Police, customs, courts, prisons, lawyers, judges) all in ‘gainful employment’, at $multi-billion cost/year.. surely that’s a ‘GOOD thing’ ?

3) it puts MPs/Govts. up on the ‘moral high-ground’.. ‘We are waging WAR against these EVIL, insidious DRUGS, a scourge on all our society !” (or so they would have us believe)

4) “the prohibition laws are achieving their stated objectives” (& much more B-S as well) that tends to favour spreading nonsense as a statement of fact.. or a twisted reality, to bolster their agenda items

5) it keeps us ‘under control’ & we say it’s the best way to ‘please think of the children’.. whilst also banning adults use

ConZ:

1) it’s a total con-job, full of lies, half-truth & misinformation.. creating distrust amongst peoples; us v them

2) the known ‘unintended consequences’ have created more societal harm, than the alternatives.. ‘with black-market/gangsters etc.’

3) instead of decreasing overall use, most stats. show ‘record high use’ but also arrest/prosecute at similar levels. Prohibition creates a ‘forbidden fruit mystique’ that only attracts ‘naughty, defiant youth’ to say ‘scuse me while i light my splif’

4) it prevents a broader medicinal access, for those who WOULD benefit, from its therapeutic/medicinal properties.. inc. CBDs

5) it prevents research, into genuine non-recreational uses; med/hemp etc.

6) it often puts up barriers, to people who need ‘drug help/treatment’ for the real problems/issues (that do effect some, but not all)

7) it keeps a massive lid, on more access; to HEMP products

8) it puts up barriers to young folks (who experiment with herb) for employment & overseas travel

9) It actually costs the society $HEAPS, this should be diverted to Education & treatment, not prohibition

10) It creates a total ‘POLICE-state’ that is not good for real law & order; when a beat-cop can pull over a car full of young folk & arrest some/all for possession of the smallest quantity of ‘illegal DRUGS’ OR they attend a break/enter robbery & arrest the robbed people, because they ‘smell weed & a small quantity was discovered at the scene’.. did anyone ever get arrested for the actual Robbery of the house ? (85% of all B/E robberies in NZ, go unresolved)

11) prohibition was declared a failure in 1933 (alcohol USA) & the definition of INSANITY is actually ‘repeating something & expecting a different outcome !’ ie its fucking crazy man

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frontline chatter

I heard this; from the frontlines.. many ‘experts’ now agree that cannabis reforms will happen, as per the saying ‘but it wont happen overnight’.. a local TV chat show, had the following remarks (paraphrased):

1) we don’t really want to see it (in NZ) a regime like in California, where there are shopfront doctors, who will prescribe ‘the herb’ for a one-off fee. Then you can go to one of many dispensaries & ‘fill your prescription’ (inc. smokeable herb) for general aches & pains. A lady said in some places, ‘you can smell it everywhere, even out on the streets’

2) they are watching progress in Canada, as another viable alternative to the regime in USA states (BUT not federal). Thinking it may be different.. they are about to pass ‘recreational law changes’. They legalised med-use in 2001 (well over a decade ahead of NZ)

3) whilst Aotearoa/NZ is sitting at the back-of-the-pack, on reform.. we are considered to be a ‘western/oecd‘ nation & the changes occurring in: Canada, USA, Australia, much of EU & even UK.. has to influence/impact on us. We can’t continue indefinitely with PROHIBITION/ZERO-tolerance (to the raw herb, cultivation & supply).. but; our current right-wing Govt., are trying… Interestingly the ‘far right’ take the libertarian view & think drugs should be legal & strictly regulated.. stick to the rules folks (but not prohibition)

**just my extra thoughts; I visited Amsterdam in early 2000s & saw their ‘infamous coffeeshops’ (first hand). I heard that when the Netherlands ‘regulated’ cannabis in late 70s, there was a sudden spike in use, that if truth be known, lasted at least a decade, but in recent times, the coffeeshops are reportedly, mostly frequented by foreign tourists, not dutch folk.. who really are ‘over it all’ & life went on.. the sky did NOT fall.. yet. The main issue here is that the MPs are still feeding subtle, echoes of fear-mongering ‘reefer-madness’ style; DISinfo. (deliberate Misinfo. for a particular agenda; status quo only)

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who was Ras Tafari ?

In my youth I often heard of/saw images of ‘Ras Tafari’ usually associated with Reggae/Ska music.. but it wasn’t until much later I found out, he was actually ‘the last Emperor of Ethiopia’ (or was it; Abyssinia ?)

The internet is full of images & ‘info.’ about this man.. I thought I just add a few thoughts of my own; what is this story of a small brown man who has been referred to in light of ‘the second coming’ (also similar to MK Gandhi). As Emperor of Ethiopia, he reportedly diverted much of the state coffers into youth education & health care etc. BUT also he appears to have lived in the style of a ‘wealthy European monarch’. In one picture he wears a military uniform covered in medals.. I can’t comment, but to say; not all of them were ‘self awarded’ he was invested by other countries heads of state.

BUT getting back to the supposed ‘JC connection’ I hear that there was a prophecy about the last emperor. It has been related to the biblical story of a line that; the Queen of Sheba had a son (Emperor Menelik I) by King Solomon & HIM Haille Selassie I, was the last direct descendant. In the bible story about the return of Jesus (the Nazarene) it says ‘he will come with clouds & every eye will see him’. On his 1966 trip to Jamaica, this is reportedly what happened. His aeroplane was about to be turned away, when the clouds ‘parted’ & he landed safely. The world’s media were present & ‘every eye did see him’ (or at least all those watching BBC, CNN, ABC, etc. most in the west who had TV)

But now that Robert Marley has passed also.. his name is not heard as often. He spoke at the UN general assembly in 1936 & then in 1963.. some words from his 1963 speech, were taken & used by Bobby in his song ‘WAR’

‘Haile Selassie I
Twenty-seven years ago, as Emperor of Ethiopia, I
mounted the rostrum in Geneva, Switzerland, to address the League of
Nations and to appeal for relief from the destruction which had been
unleashed against my defenseless nation, by the Fascist invader. I spoke
then both to and for the conscience of the world. My words went
unheeded, but history testifies to the accuracy of the warning that I
gave in 1936.’

then followed by..

‘On the question of racial discrimination, the Addis Ababa Conference
taught, to those who will learn, this further lesson: That until the
philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally
and permanently discredited and abandoned: That until there are no
longer first-class and second class citizens of any nation; That until
the color of a man’s skin is of no more significance than the color of
his eyes; That until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to
all without regard to race; That until that day, the dream of lasting
peace and world citizenship and the rule of international morality will
remain but a fleeting illusion, to be pursued but never attained; And
until the ignoble and unhappy regimes that hold our brothers in Angola,
in Mozambique and in South Africa in subhuman bondage have been toppled
and destroyed; Until bigotry and prejudice and malicious and inhuman
self-interest have been replaced by understanding and tolerance and
good-will; Until all Africans stand and speak as free beings, equal in
the eyes of all men, as they are in the eyes of Heaven; Until that day,
the African continent will not know peace. We Africans will fight, if
necessary, and we know that we shall win, as we are confident in the
victory of good over evil.’

… words of the man.. His Imperial Majesty, Haille Selassie I, Emperor of Ethiopia, descended of the Royal line of King David, heir to the throne of King Suleiman, Negus Negast, King of Kings, Lord of Lords & Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah, Elect of God. All praises in the name of the most high, Ras Tafari (Prince Tafari Makonen) of Jah !

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marihuana ?

Just the spelling, should be enough.. to know that something dodgy is going on here.. it looks ‘totally fake’ !

so I thought I’d investigate & expand on it;
The original word, that it was derived from, is the Mexican slang word: ‘Marijuana’ (with a J not a H) mentioned in a song. BUT in order for some devious folks to introduce it, to the common speech & jam it in the public psyche, they ‘Americanised it’ by changing the ‘Latin J’ with a ‘more acceptable, American H’ so it actually sounded more, like the latin pronunciation, just to confuse further.
Next they deliberately confused the recreational drug use (much despised, in ‘middle America’) thanks to the introduction of this ‘foreign word’ & all the negative misinfo. attached to it… with all its other uses; industrial, medicinal, therapeutic, spiritual etc. This made many ‘common folk’ think it was a ‘Loco-weed’ or some such ‘Evil DRUG’, not realising it was in fact; the widely used Cannabis (aka Hemp). It wasn’t until the 1940s that many realised that Hemp rope etc. was ‘no longer available’ thanks to the new laws. BUT new, shiny plastic things were everywhere.
The newspaper stories, further whipped up, the frenzy of ‘Reefer Madness’ (on both sides). Common headlines read ‘BEWARE, the plant with its ROOTS IN HELL’ & this crap; ‘BLOOD-LUST & REEFER MADNESS attributed to homicidal, MARIHUANA-SMOKING YOUTH !’ & the opening lines to the docudrama ‘Tell your Children… about all the depravity & insanity supposedly CAUSED by smoking the KILLER WEED !’ (paraphrasing)
“It makes bible-believing decent youth, start taping their feet to that demon JAZZ music” is an example of the trash they sprayed in the media.
It was even stated, that ‘Marihuana smoking is perpetrated by : Negroes, Mexican & ENTERTAINERS (Jazz musicians ?). Dont let your daughters near them. They showed pictures of nude girls ‘frolicking wildly’ on a beech, whilst apparently ‘HIGH on MARIHUANA’.

We in this country, have the worst of it.. decades on & we still have ZERO-TOLERANCE in this whenua, to ‘marijuana’ or was it once marihuana (sorry not sure, anymore)

SO this is what set the tone for the mess, we still have in Aotearoa/NZ today.. whilst many Americans can just go to ‘the Green-mile in Denver’ & happily score..
Thx guys for your WAR on DRUGS, that you are mostly over, but we still suffer under daily !
btw; its called Cannabis Sativa/Indica not fucking ‘Marihuana’ or Marijuana ! Get it right….. 😦

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Masters of deception

I still remember first receiving the ‘#1 best selling Hemp book of all time !’ (ordered from a bookstore in Sydney).. Mr Herer’s book; reading his tale of ‘the Masters of Deception’ (my title); Anslinger, Mellon, Hearst, DuPont etc. Much of this ‘history’ had been either deliberately or incidentally covered up ?

1) Anslinger; the first USA/global Drug Czar.. almost single-handedly, leads the ‘demonisation of cannabis ‘ crusade (steered the UN convention 1961, toward global prohibition of ‘Marihuana’ the only word he ever used for the plant). He ‘cut his teeth’ during the gangster-led black-market decade of the ‘Roaring 20s’. (USA alcohol prohibition). He was totally aware of the ‘unintended consequences’ that are seen today as the ‘downside of prohibition’; Gangsters, Organised Crime, totally unregulated Black-market, huge amounts of high-level & low-level corruption, a vast ‘prohibition industry’ (police, customs, courts, prisons etc.) In 1933, the ‘USA Bolstead prohibition act’ (1919-33) was repealed & alcohol became ‘relegalised’. The reports say, about a third of all Police faced, redundancy.. due the massive decrease in overall CRIME (unintended consequences). So he started feeding sensational news stories (Gore file) to popular newspaper chains (Hearst etc.) They knew this sensationalist ‘fake news’ did actually sell newspapers. eg “Read all about it.. REEFER MADNESS & BLOOD LUST from MARIJUANA smoking youth !”

2) Mellon; the Uncle-in-Law of Anslinger (who married his niece). His ‘Industrial Bank’ funded many of the industries, that saw Hemp as a ‘competitor’ (Petro-chemicals). He was also the USA Treasury Secretary (Govt.) & oversaw the creation of the FDA (Fed. Drug Admin.), that later morphed into DEA (DRUG ENFORCEMENT Agency; USA/global drug control nazis) He also reportedly had financial links to the Wood-chip paper (petro-chemical using) industry.

3) Hearst; his family newspaper company/chain, made massive profits from putting ‘sensational news items’ about the KILLER WEED etc. on the front pages of his ‘scandal sheets’ (aka ‘Yellow press’). He also had funds tied up in woodchips, to supply his newspaper-print.

4) DuPont; one of/maybe the largest Petro-chemical industries, in the world.. who I’m sure, were happy to see ‘a major competitor’ (hemp) BANNED, under the ‘marihuana tax act 1937′)

5) fossil fuel industry; (Standard Oil, Shell etc.) also benefited massively from the ‘tax act’ of 1937.. that effectively saw the march toward ‘War on drugs’

BUT if you ask many folk today; ‘who was Harry Anslinger ?’ most would likely say ‘Harry who ??’ Yet his ‘legacy’ is still likely impacting on most people (who have bought herb, from a black-market ‘tinnie house’ 50 years on) & it’s still an illegal/schedule #1 ‘NARCOTIC’.. thanks to Harry who

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