It seems that NORMLNZ cannot get its collective butt together to re-start the forum pages. So I thought that this thread can be ours to discuss strategies to be used to remove cannabis from the Misuse of Drugs Act, here in New Zealand.
I have set a goal for myself, that by 2017 I shall be the representative for the West Coast/Tasman electorate. With 8 years of campaigning for cannabis to be regulated, I strongly believe that the best way forward (that I see) is by getting a candidate into Parliament. We will never reach the 5% Party vote. So doing a United Future move seems to be the way to go.
I do not support 'Decriminalization' as an outcome or as a 'stepping-stone' to the goal. Decriminalization ends up being a source of revenue for the police. Organized crime still controls the supply, receiving all moneys tax free. And we still have to run around like criminals to get our cannabis.
I do not support 'Free Market' legalization. Cannabis is still a drug, and Corporations shouldn't be allowed to profit from it. Look at alcohol. I believe that under the control of corporations we will see the loss of many strains (deemed unpopular). If you disagree look at our choice of vegetables these days.
In the 8 years of street campaigning, I know that the majority of people are ignorant of the cannabis issue. When you mention "Legalize" They go into fear mode. With most having the same two fears.
#1 - If we LEGALIZE cannabis, that means anyone can get it, at any time. They worry that their children/people at risk will be able to just get it. That's what LEGAL means.
#2 - If we LEGALIZE cannabis then everyone will be walking around, all day, stoned.
This is our biggest hurdle, people who are not informed on cannabis issue. These people are in the majority.
This is why I do not campaign for legalization.
I support and campaign for 'REGULATION' It's a nice word, an in-control word.
As I mentioned, the uninformed are the majority, but because information is easier to obtain, people are learning for themselves the benefits of cannabis. And it's our job to help that happen, one person at a time.
What we have to change, is the damage that prohibitionists like Peter Dunn and Jim Anderton have inflicted onto the uninformed of this country. They have muddied the waters by narrowing down the argument to only two points. 'RECREATIONAL,' 'MEDICINAL' easy for prohibitionists to defend: RECREATIONAL? "Well, no one should really need drugs." MEDICINAL? "Well, now we have medicines that are developed to maintain a consistent dosage. Doctors recommend them, they're here to HELP us bla bla bla."
They have even got us focused on the two issues. How many times have I heard "We should get medicinal legalized first" About the same amount of times I've said "No. Jus remove it from the Misuse of Drugs Act, and REGULATE the plant, so then anyone can use it for what ever they need it for. Clothing, Building materials, Plastics, Paper/Cardboard, Fuel, Medicine, Spiritual, Recreational.
New Zealand is a small country, and it has been used many times as a 'test country', We're large enough with the right demographics to supply a real result, small enough, and far away enough for no one to care. I say How about, New Zealand will 'TEST' regulation of cannabis as a form of controlling the drug in society, if it works then the rest of the world follows.
If you feel you can work within a moving forward, focus structured environment, let's start the ball rolling...
Left wing, right wing,
doesn't mean anything.
Standardisation, nation by nation,
control politics by the corporations. (Insurge)