I wonder how much damage the fires in Nelson are doing to the pot operations? I imagine it's a bit tricky to get hold of a helicopter in Nelson right now. And the area that's burning isn't a huge dope area so there's no corresponding loss of crops.
That's great news, especially the now un-suppressed other non-convictions. But it does rather reinforce the point that the legal system uses discretion to keep nice middle class white people safe from the howling mob of Laura Norder crusaders. And that's why we need reform.
The Conversation has an Australian perspective but there's nothing new as far as NZ is concerned. They're still at the "wouldn't testing be a good idea" stage.
There was a wonderful moment on one of those awful cop-reality shows the other day. Some dude pulled over, says "I took coke over the weekend" and tested positive for P, negative for cocaine. He was disgruntled about the mis-selling, and doubly so when convicted of driving under the influence.
So... the cops can and do test drugs and tell you what you bought. Just in a really backwards way.
Fred Nile is in the NSW Legislative Council
It's more about the christian reich control over the (NSW) Liberal Party, there's a consistent push to force everyone into prosperity gospel style behaviour, on everything from sex to driving to drug use (wine is ok, the bible mentions that). Prime Minister at Time of Writing Scott Morrison is also in one of those churches, but they have a very US style ability to disregard the details if they're getting their own way (and if they're not... god help whoever has annoyed them). Hence their support for that Catholic near-heathen, Tony Abbott.
I'm so glad our politics is different here.
One of the few good aspects of NSW is consistency - we have stupid laws about alcohol, tobacco *and* illegal drugs. I'm really glad to see Aotearoa moving in a sensible direction (and FWIW, I'm not a user, I just think the law is painfully stupid).
Having visited MPs in parliaments in NZ, NSW and Au, even the "new high security" in NZ is lax by comparison. In NSW I had to wait 20 minutes while they found a flunkey, who questioned me then wandered off to physically get a staffer to escort me round the building. Apparently just ringing them to come down wasn't enough. Federal parliament is not even worth the effort, the MP will come out and take you away for a meeting. It was easier to get into Lucas Heights nuclear reactor (as a legitimate visitor*).
* famously once when Greenpeace was at Lucas Heights security opened up to let someone drive out and 100-odd Greenpeace protesters literally danced through the open gate.
It does suggest there's no reality-based opposition, and even the saner right wing pundits have decided that this isn't one that makes them look good. I think the discussion has largely turning into a "allow pill testing vs let them die" argument (per Stuff comments).
"having drug-free festivals is not a hardline approach"... no, it's a religious approach. If only they took the same approach to other political questions. "God will appoint our candidates directly so we do not need to participate in the election" maybe.
It's hard to keep track!
I believe the current title is "Prime Minister at time of writing", or at least that's the way the media refer to it.
They (intentionally?) left "illegal" out of that. "I drank a lot of alcohol yesterday and now I have a headache and am extremely photosensitive" qualifies. Curse those people putting ethanol in paint thinners!
"I took a paracetamol and my headache went away... I fear the tablet may have contained paracetamol!"
I'm sorry, my inner pedant keeps getting out and poking fun at inappropriate things.
anybody out there…
Evolving consensus is that we can't know, unfortunately. At least not with current physics.
Sad news about Jackie's Ian, condolences from me too.