Monthly Archives: August 2012

More ‘News’ from the front lines

Listening to this mornings TV news.. one story caught my attention : A ‘successful operation’ by police in Aotearoa/NZ’s largest city saw 240 cannabis plants seized (being grown under lights/hydroponically) many offenders were arrested under a large number of search … Continue reading

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Token Politics

Today in the NZ parliament the Govt. continued to debate another bill, which the opposition & I, have called ‘Tokenism’ (or words to that effect). They are intending to bring legislation to prohibit the wearing of Gang insignia in Govt. buildings (maybe … Continue reading

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Drug Tests

The Minister for Social Development (in Aotearoa/NZ) has recently announced that people on unemployment or other benefits, who are required to look for work as part of their agreement, will be required to undergo ‘Drug testing’. This has caused a … Continue reading

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Educate, Regulate, Don’t Alienate… More Debate

Instead of the current strategy to reduce ‘Drug related harm’ : Prohibition & Zero-Tolerance.. there should be a move toward : Education, Regulation & Harm Minimization. The current strategy usually just results in Alienation & Criminalisation ! Many studies have … Continue reading

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What can be done, to End the Drug War ?

After 30 years or more of following this subject, I often wonder whether those supporting the Drug War, can ever be either turned or defeated ? The longer it continues, the more it seems that it’s NOT really about stopping ‘illegal’ drug … Continue reading

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Govt. Backdown : Alcohol reform

Just a follow-up on my last post.. one issue on Alcohol reform was that ‘Alco-pops’ (ready to drink mixers of spirit with soft drink) that are mainly targeted at young people, were supposedly being legislated to keep the alcohol content below … Continue reading

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Smoke screen

The whole debate around ‘drugs’ in the media recently, is actually about the current status & availability of the ‘legal drugs’ : Alcohol & Tobacco. The Govt. here in Aotearoa/NZ is debating : 1) The legal age for buying alcohol, either … Continue reading

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