Posts by Worik Stanton

  • Hard News: Cannabis research: there's a…,

    Nice work Russell

    Getting across that cannabis has benefits to be exploited and maximised not just harms to be minimised is a struggle.

    "Drugs are bad" is a hard meme to counter.

    Otepoti • Since Nov 2007 • 39 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The last – and best – parts…,

    I can vote for this

    Otepoti • Since Nov 2007 • 39 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Music is coming home, in reply to Worik Stanton,

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  • Hard News: Music is coming home,

    The main video in the content is not visible to me using Firefox -74

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  • Hard News: Splore Listening Lounge 2020:…, in reply to Ross Bell,

    Wowsers vote too. Good work with them. What ever it takes...

    But some of us need to support the crew. "Drugs are bad, prohibition is worse" is how I paraphrase the DF message, and it works for the middle class matrons and gentlemen who are worried that them over there cannot handle their drugs...

    I have literally watched a senior public health academic from the University of Otago rail against "big alcohol" in a café that had (I counted) seventeen beers on tap and a glass of wine in their hand. When I pointed out that "big alcohol" (actually deregulation...) had meant that we all had these wonderful choices they said "we can handle it, those other people cannot" (I paraphrase).

    These people are important. I find the hypocrisy and elitism difficult to handle , so good on the DF for dealing with them.

    People like me and mine use drugs because drugs are good. Drugs are fun. We get together with our friends and take drugs, we laugh, we dance, we love, we fight, we forgive, we laugh about it all again.... Being in a room with fifty people buzzing on psychedelics with the dance music pumping is a magic thing.

    These people over here can handle our drugs! Love to all, even the wowsers. At times like these it is important to be kind.... Wowsers are people too, they have their fun, there is room for us all.

    And we vote, too.

    Otepoti • Since Nov 2007 • 39 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Splore Listening Lounge 2020:…,

    Health Not Handcuffs

    say the Drug Foundation.... Very worthy, but not really inspiring for the crew.

    I say Party not Prison

    Cannabis is not, to me, a health issue any more than coffee is. It is a social justice issue.

    The DF have a audience, they do good work reaching them, but their audience are wowsers. Vote for fun, vote for freedom.

    And if you do not care about my fun and freedom then you should vote for (yawn) health....

    Otepoti • Since Nov 2007 • 39 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Cannabis Legalisation and…,

    I am trying to work out what will and will not be criminal.
    IANAL so I am hazy even on the precise definition of criminality.
    But criminal/non-criminal is quite a divide. It is the speeding ticket Vs drunk driving divide.

    Otepoti • Since Nov 2007 • 39 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: A painful reflection,

    I cannot resist:

    National's housing spokesperson Judith Collins wants Mr Twyford to explain why taxpayers are compensating people for breaking the law.

    Housing NZ to reimburse hundreds evicted on flawed meth testing

    Otepoti • Since Nov 2007 • 39 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The miserable archive,

    As reported by Radio New Zealand Andrew McKenzie was asked about a Deloitte report at select committee...

    ... the Deloitte report the agency commissioned last year.

    That report again told Housing New Zealand the guidelines were designed only for cleaning up meth labs and warned its eviction campaign was not based on a solid foundation of research or science.

    "Housing New Zealand spent $50,000 on a report from Deloittes. As I understand it that report told you that the standard you were using was not sound, and yet you continued to use the standard - is that right?"

    At the same committee meeting Andrew denied getting the advice from the Ministry of Health. I am not a journalist, but methinks that Deloitte report would be OIA'able....

    Otepoti • Since Nov 2007 • 39 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: We are, at last, navigating…,

    I wonder where Mike Sabin fits into this picture?

    Otepoti • Since Nov 2007 • 39 posts Report Reply

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