Hard News by Russell Brown

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Hard News: But seriously, drug policy

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  • DexterX, in reply to Russell Brown,

    “These kids already get pot – the question is whether making them outlaws helps or harms them.

    I would certainly agree with him that supplying cannabis to people under 18 should be an offence.”

    Engaged some casual “site” labour for three weeks – as things progressed it turned out he, 17 years, is a stoner – has been taken into custody 12 times – none of these where drug offences and where largely disorder, driving offences, and thieving – before he was 16 is proud of that and that none of this shows in his record as he was a juvie at the time – the thefts were to get stuff to sell to get money for drugs – Dude also boasted to us that he has over $7,000 in unpaid fines – took a day off to appear in court about the fines Judge told him to arrange to clear it by arranging community service and he told the judge – "I'll see what I can do."

    Stoner Kid wanted me to give him a letter to the bank saying he is employed at so much a week so he can increase his overdraft and buy a car – his last car was crushed – he does not and has never held a drivers licence.

    He does not want me to declare his earnings as he is on a job seekers benefit – however – I will file them. Told me his Dad was on his back to get his wages so they could score some drugs.

    For Stoner Kid being 17 years old and having some extra cash is likely the life high water mark – can’t imagine it is anywhere but down for him and anyone he gets involved with. The thing that impressed me the most was his sense of entitlement and really high self esteem – he overreached and started telling us what to do in week three – anyone he got in car with he criticized the driving – he is a classic stoner.

    Can’t see whether cannabis was legal or illegal would make any difference for this type of stoner kid – whose first drug supplier would have been his parents.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1224 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    I just don’t think that dope is the answer to our lack of economic sophistication.

    I'd imagine that the future internationally with the magic ingredients in marijuana is in converting it to a pill or liquid form. Selling dope as a medicine is going to involve law change in many places where you want to sell it and legalising smoking it.

    Having proper medicine made out of it delivered in forms we're much more comfortable with seems a lot more likely.

    Also then it's packaged in forms and prices etc that works in terms of transport and the market.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

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