Posts by Craig Young

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  • Hard News: Cannabis: The Experiment is Real, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Although actually, the scientific evidence for medicinal cannabis derivative efficacy is quite robust. Given that it can be used to provide beneficial effects for PLWHAs, I support its decriminalisation on that basis. Got to say, again, though, I think we might end up getting euthanasia law reform before any relaxation of pot laws.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 357 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Cannabis: The Experiment is Real, in reply to Russell Brown,

    But are the (NZ) pot lobby *organised* enough to hold a referendum on the issue? Added to which, how many such referenda fail because antidrug populist groups have stronger community and legislative relationships than their pro-reform counterparts? I know that there have been several successful US medical cannabis decriminalisation referenda, but as a gay man, I get itchy thinking about binding referenda, due to their abuse against marriage equality in the United States as well.

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  • Hard News: Cannabis: The Experiment is Real, in reply to Russell Brown,

    So, how does someone susceptible to cannabinoid psychosis avoid getting access to the plant if this is the case? I can certainly see that as pot prohibitionism isn't working, there can be no question of any (say) biochemical/metabolic test for the presence of the gene, but how is diversion handled in jurisdictions where it is legal? And why haven't the pot lobby answered this question well beforehand, in that case?

    See what I mean about pot lobby disorganisation? If this were LGBT politics, there would've been strategic planning and analysis of this question well beforehand, in order to provide appropriate evidence-based answers to questions of that nature. Instead of which...

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  • Hard News: Cannabis: The Experiment is Real, in reply to BenWilson,

    I'm afraid that's why I tend to find the subject tedious. I can see the injustice involved, but they need to knuckle down, find resolute evidence-based proofs for what they say, focus on incremental reforms first and then tackle the really hard issues. That seems to be what happened in the United States, given its escalating number of states with legal medicinal cannabis and its derivatives. Instead of which, they back the ALCP instead of the Greens, talk about wider drug decriminalisation/legalisation and behave like a pack of unsophisticated hippies from the bad old days.

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  • Hard News: Cannabis: The Experiment is Real, in reply to BenWilson,

    Although, to balance things out, there is also such a thing as methamphetamine psychosis, which is several magnitudes worse than its cannabinoid counterpart. Hopefully, in terms of warning people with genetically susceptible adverse reactions off pot, the fledgeling science of pharmcogenetics might help. Cue downstream human genome sequencing research, although I acknowledge that might take decades.

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  • Hard News: Cannabis: The Experiment is Real,

    I tend to be a latent supporter of pot reform. When the cannabis reform lobby properly organises itself, I'll probably support them. Until then...

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  • Hard News: Cannabis: The Experiment is Real, in reply to DeepRed,

    Yes, although more like questionable junk science of dubious toxicological and pharmacological provenance. I do suspect that there is a genetic subset of those who respond adversely to pot and they probably shouldn't ingest it- but then, I have similar adverse responses to the SSRI fluoxetine.

    And unfortunately, the pot lobby here in NZ tend to be a pack of tiresome opportunists. The ALCP almost succeeded in knocking its strongest Green supporter out of Parliament in 2005. It's now aligned itself with Libertarianz. If I were the pot lobby, I'd suggest tactical voting for the Greens, as they're obviously the best hope for reform in any future Parliament.

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  • Hard News: Cannabis: The Experiment is Real,

    Unfortunately, given the combination of neanderthal anti-drug populism and counterproductive cannabis lobby fragmentation here in New Zealand, cannabis law reform will remain strictly hypothetical in the intermediate future...

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  • Hard News: Cannabis: The Experiment is Real,

    There will need to be "assay tests" of cannabis purity and other steps taken in this context. Regulating cannabis is necessary to protect consumers, insure it doesn't get into the hand of younger users as well as those with pre-existing schizophrenia. I'm not sure how the latter would be enforced

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  • Hard News: Narcissists and bullies, in reply to Emma Hart,

    And my partner and I have a daughter. I find this situation reprehensible. Granted, there may have needed to be a brief period before the police gathered sufficient information to prosecute these evil misogynist little shits, but they should have acted far sooner than now. As for Facebook, it should have disabled the webpage in question long before now.

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