FamF Alert. Ben Cort is one of the featured speakers at Family First’s Forum on the Family (sic) bigotfest. Here’s the blurb:
"Ben Cort is from Colorado and is the author of Weed, Inc.: The Truth About the Pot Lobby, THC, and the Commercial Marijuana Industry, released in September 2017. His passion for recovery, prevention and harm reduction comes from his own struggle with substance abuse. Sober since June 15, 1996, Ben has been a part of the recovery community in almost every way imaginable – from a recipient to a provider to a spokesperson. Ben has a deep understanding of the issues and a personal motivation to see the harmful effects of drug and alcohol abuse minimised. Ben’s Ted-X talk in 2017, What commercialisation is doing to cannabis, has had more than 1.6 million views! Ben recently visited New Zealand, speaking to community leaders, politicians and media.
TOPIC: An interview with Bob McCoskrie – What NZ Needs To Understand About The Marijuana Debate”
Forum on the Family will be held at Sir Noel Robinson Conference Centre (behind the Vodafone Events Centre)
770 Great South Rd, Wiri, Manukau 2104
Time: Friday 5th July 8.45 am- 4.45 pm
How exactly does prudent behaviour when driving segue into cannabis prohibition? Wouldn't health promotion and social messaging work without having to criminalise cannabis?: https://www.familyfirst.org.nz/2019/05/random-roadside-drug-testing-must-be-urgently-introduced/
Unfortunately, this may be far more effective- Family First is now trying to link cannabis with psychotic episodes. There is a relationship, but it involves prior susceptibility to psychotic episodes and a medical diagnosis of schizophrenia. Any substance has contraindications and allergies. What needs to be done here is rig up a test that could tell whether that might be the case in advance, or else make it an offence to sell cannabis and some of its byproducts to that group of people: https://www.familyfirst.org.nz/2019/05/petition-calls-for-inquiry-into-cannabis-violence/
Let's face it, though, after the mishap happened, Colorado moved quickly to remedy the situation by introducing what seems to be prudent and limited regulatory responses, which indicates that wholesale prohibition wasn't needed to offset this problem. Labelling and child protection warnings are reasonble steps and safeguards to take. '
I'd also take active steps to counter this prohibitionist spinmeistery too. The last thing personal use campaigners need is parents who might swallow Family First's propaganda campaign. It happened, it's in the past as you say, and it was resolved without a return to cannabis prohibition.
So, no gummy bears permitted, perhaps? It would defuse a major visual propaganda motif and keep them away from children. Parents who eat them need to take steps to keep them under lock and key. away from small hands and mouths.
I think there may need to be regulations that state that any cannabis edibles should not be manufactured in a form that might potentially be attracted to children and should be clearly labelled as cannabis edibles: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/wn7a9w/legal-weed-edibles-are-going-to-look-a-lot-different-by-next-year
It's been a fairly consistent visual motif within Family First's anti-pot propaganda, with the accompanying rhetoric about 'child endangerment' since its inception. However, this aspect of its propaganda has not been subjected to critical analysis and exposure, no.
Meanwhile, Nick Smith is singing in cue with Family First over drugged gummy bears: https://www.familyfirst.org.nz/2019/05/suspended-nick-smith-says-drug-driving-bill-an-urgent-priority/
And California's pot tracking system is questioned:
Meanwhile, over in the No, We're Prohibitionist Dopes camp...
Leighton Smith? The New Zealand Herald defines **Leighton Smith** as 'premium content'??!! Dream on. Personally, I'm glad the superannuated ignorant right-wing fossil is now behind a paywall. But pay for *that???* Dream on, Granny. Is he featured in the newspaper version, BTW?: