Posts by BenWilson

  • Hard News: Cannabis reform is a serious…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    most of them stop using it because they don’t like it any more

    This happened with me and computer games, although I do know people still caught in that vice, even at my extreme age.

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  • Hard News: Cannabis reform is a serious…, in reply to BenWilson,

    They’re probably not perfect, but they’re better than simple assertions that our roads will become less safe.

    Even if were proved to make the roads quantifiably less safe this would not necessarily be a knock down argument against a law change. It would be grist to the mill, a thing to weigh up, depending what that quantity is.

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  • Hard News: Cannabis reform is a serious…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    We can do two things at the same time.

    Yes, or we could fail to go SmokeFree by 2025 and still change our cannabis laws. I can't really see what the connection is.

    government never apologized to health department and parents for synthetics debacle

    That government is gone, so this can never happen. Not that it actually should be any kind of blocker that a government fails to apologize before fixing something.

    adding recreational pot to binge drinking culture does not make our roads safer

    Pretty sure that horse bolted long ago. But this is, at least, one of the more serious questions. I don't think there's any need to reinvent the wheel on this, when there are plenty of stoned driving statistics out there, both before and after decriminalization. They're probably not perfect, but they're better than simple assertions that our roads will become less safe.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10585 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Cannabis reform is a serious…,

    Very good blog to kick off the debate with. Thanks, Russell. I hope we have a place here where sensible debate on this will happen over the next few years.

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  • Hard News: The next four years, in reply to WH,

    And yet still I am not prepared for the idea that a billionaire president honored a sports team in the White House by serving them a McDonald's meal.

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  • Hard News: Another year on earth,

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    Arohanui Russell. So sorry to hear about Grant.

    5 days offline with family that I just had would have been unendurable 10 years ago, with major Public Address withdrawals. 5 days off Twitter, OTOH, is to be heartily recommended.

    Since this is a yearly reflective post, can I put the call out for good PA folk to share what the year (or more) has brought for them, too? Will put in mine when ten fingers can do it justice.

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  • Hard News: Just quietly, this is a big deal, in reply to linger,

    this should be seen only as a stopgap measure.

    It sounds like that's how the Govt does see it. It's also like trainer policy - if society doesn't collapse as a result of this, then formalizing it properly later on is way easier. It also makes a lot of sense that it happens near simultaneously with the medicinal cannabis bill. Otherwise that stood a big chance of being a corrupted gateway stopgap measure in a really crappy way. Now, there is a much reduced incentive to subvert the medicinal pathway as a backdoor for recreational cannabis, giving that pathway a real chance of showing its worth.

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  • Hard News: Just quietly, this is a big deal,

    This is now my favorite NZ government ever. I mean the whole government too, the Greens and NZF get a lot of credit.

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  • Hard News: Just quietly, this is a big deal,

    This is fantastic news. If you had told me 2 days ago it was coming I would not have believed it.

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  • Speaker: Cannabis: make it legal but…, in reply to bob daktari,

    It's more like the supermarket herbs produce than the fresh produce. If you smoke as much cannabis as the lettuce in a small salad you will get high as. It's more like the mint in the garden than the potatoes, and probably about as much trouble to grow and harvest.

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