Posts by Ross Bell

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  • Hard News: Illegal Tender,

    This looks like a damn interesting viewing.

    We wrote this piece about the cannabis market a few years ago. It shows that the economy is always overstated, e.g.

    Dealers spent an average of $5,988 each on cannabis over the previous year. Half made a net financial gain and the other half a loss.

    Such small numbers are jarring when you consider media headlines that have put the size of the illegal cannabis market at $1–3 billion, or recall a 1998 Auckland University study that estimated Northland’s cannabis industry was earning at least $700 million a year – nearly twice as much as Northland’s entire dairy industry.

    At $1 billion, cannabis would be as significant as all of New Zealand’s legal exports to the Pacific Islands, or a quarter the size of New Zealand’s entire legal horticulture industry.

    http://drugfoundation.org.nz/lets-talk-about-pot/market-forces

    Wellington, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 79 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: When the drug warriors turn,

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  • Hard News: Why did Stephen die?,

    Thanks Russell.

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  • Hard News: The frustrating politics of…, in reply to Sacha,

    Yeah. i've talked with head drug official who says great cross party support and importantly a very supportive media. main issue now is maintaining funding for treatment services in current financial crisis.

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  • Hard News: Drunk Town,

    Here's a nice little resource for licence holders, made by ALAC:
    "Do you know when your customers have gone too far? Do you recognise the signs in your customers that tell you it's time to intervene and give them a break?"
    www.wherestheline.org.nz

    Wellington, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 79 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Perfect Drug, in reply to Ross Bell,

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  • Hard News: The Perfect Drug, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    I think you'll find it will get past Dunne considering he was the one who directed the Ministry to do that work. It's part of the Law Commission drug law reform work that the Government agreed to prior to the last election (Dunne rejected the commission's advice on medical cannabis at the same time). The NZ govt also sponsored a resolution at this year's UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs that said governments should consider alternatives to prohibition for new substances. credit where it's due.

    Wellington, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 79 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: A matter of conscience,

    Graeme, aren't personal votes and conscience votes technically the same thing? I recall last time the alcohol purchase age was debate the Speaker called for personal votes.

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  • Hard News: CELEBRITY DRUG SHOCK NEWS! AGAIN., in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    Hi Craig - not sure if you're planning on it, but it would be great to see you at the taping. I've been meaning to make contact with you for a while. I'll introduce you to Chris too - he's a nice guy.... for an alcoholic.

    Wellington, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 79 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Fever,

    Oh, I do love Friday post-a-video day.

    Taking things in a different direction to the music posted above. Here's a clip of some advocacy that Aram Barra (guest on Media7) was involved in - Drug lords celebrating prohibition at the UN drug meeting this year.

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