Posts by Ross Bell

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  • Hard News: Orcon:Next,

    I lived in Auckland for 8 years - love the place :)

    Wellington, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 85 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Moving on,

    Sad news, but congrats on the great work Media7/3 did. It was one of the few (if not the only) shows that would add more light than heat on many complex and contested issues - drug policy being a good example of that. Fingers crossed you'll get something else on the telly v soon.

    Wellington, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 85 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Moving on, in reply to HORansome,

    Damn! Same.

    Wellington, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 85 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Modelling Behaviour,

    Thanks for the thoughtful post Russell. I have mixed views about the debate. Bloody pleased with the final vote, naturally, but bottom line the drug policy debate is a lot more nuanced than that format allows (or any format that pitches one side against the other). There's likely to be a lot more common ground to be found if we can move beyond the polarised positioning.

    Having said all that, I love the PA readership and hereby invite you all to critique my contribution last night. I would really appreciate any feedback.

    Wellington, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 85 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Golden…,

    All the posting of music. You’re freaking me out – thought it must be Friday. Taihoa.

    Wellington, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 85 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Illegal Tender,

    Agree with Russell:

    There has to be a better way than this.

    @Hirini and Hone et al, I reckon there's a lot of agreement with your POV re the harms, and therefore it shouldn't be too difficult finding consensus on a drug policy that works to prevent and reduce those harms.

    On that point, mid-way through this year the government will begin public consultation on a new national drug policy, coupled with what we already have from the Law Commission's earlier drug law reform, we're well placed to move this thing along. So watch this space.

    Wellington, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 85 posts Report Reply

  • 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 • 85 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: When the drug warriors turn,

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  • Hard News: Why did Stephen die?,

    Thanks Russell.

    Wellington, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 85 posts Report Reply

  • 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.

    Wellington, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 85 posts Report Reply

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