Bob McCoskrie’s doing his yeah but no but routine on medicinal cannabis again: https://www.familyfirst.org.nz/2019/07/medicinal-cannabis-false-hope-for-chronic-pain-sufferers-pain-doctors/
It’s starting to look like FF and the National Party are being backed by Pharma, who were the largest financial backers of the anti-cannabis lobby in the US. It’s well past time to have some investigative journalism into the extent to which the Pharma lobby is already at work here.
The NZMJ has accepted our letter responding the FF's press release. If you'd like a copy email me at email@example.com. I can't post it here due to copyright restrictions.
And among other things, I wonder how exactly the regulation is going to stop children from smoking dope. Will it be more or less a cut and paste of the regulation currently in place to reduce alcohol harm on children?
The Canadian idea is control of the supply chain. Currently, any 15 year old in NZ who wants to buy weed can get it. With control of the supply chain, that gets harder. The question is whether that can be achieved.
As for alcohol regulations, we pretty much don't have any (apart from age of purchase, which is broken).
Family Fist is concerned about violent behaviour? Talk about the worm turning, whatever happened to “god given right to punch children in the face”?
See, that's ok, so long as you are not high. :D
We're currently preparing a letter to counter Family First's misrepresentation of the evidence around cannabis and psychosis (which they want to link to violent behaviour). I'll keep you all posted.
Haha Im sure. I just hope he learned something from the conversation. Though that does take a willingness to admit when you are mistaken in a belief and Im not sure he has that ability, but I dont know the man personally.
Based on the brief conversation I had with him, you may have better luck hoping for a unicorn. ;)
My Thanks to Joe and Allison for that
At about 10.30 this morning my office phone rang. It was Bob McKoskrie, and he was not in a good mood.
Is there any information about why Friday 15th March? Was this atrocity intended to bury the climate action coverage? Could the murderer have been manged by the enemies of climate action, Mercer & Putin's cyber armies, or am I way of track?
The Police would have been quite busy with the Climate March, so that may have had something to do with it.
That's alarming. I'd formed the impression that they were making reasonable progress.
Things looked a little better to me after I attended the summer school event in Wellington last week, but there is definitely some cause for concern.
Seriously, is MOJ planning on not planning? Who let them think that's acceptable?
They are planning on planning (along with MoH). However, I'm not sure that they are entirely confident that a fully formed plan will be available within the very tight time frame.
We've got about 18 months before the election, so the plan will have to be fully formed and in place within a year or so from now in order for the electorate to be fully informed.