However, note that Colin Craig hasn't said whether or not he's a member of a 'parachurch' fundamentalist professional network/'ministry" like the Full Gospel Businessmen's Fellowship or other such organisations.
Don't forget some quite mouldy UKIPpers as well... in fact, if it's populist and rabidly socially conservative, it gets the Colon stamp of approval...
Methinks I spotteth a Cunning Plan to Nab New Zealand First's core social conservative constituency. Which isn't working very well and couldn't be described as a weasel.
As for CC's 'informed consent' abortion tactic, for 'informed consent' read 'ram graphic and mendacious anti-abortion propaganda down women's throats under the pretence of "counselling" but actually do bugger all in the way of providing meaningful social support if she does choose to continue the pregnancy.
Ah, now this is why his New Statesman episodes were so incisive and spot-on. It's such a damned shame we don't have a political comedy show that similarly skewers the Key regime on the end of a sharp satirical poke.
As a twentysomething back in the eighties, I loved the Young Ones...and later Blackadder and the New Statesman, Rik's wickedly funny skewering of the hypocritical self-serving nature of the Thatcher personality cult during that overly long period of UK Conservative Party dominance. RIP Rik, you will be much missed and memories of your inimitable style and razor-sharp wit will be cherished.
I certainly think that there's a case for decriminalisation of cannabis, but I'm somewhat uneasy when the same argument is applied to P/crystal meth. The two drugs have vastly different pharmacological and toxicological properties, so I think the best way to go is probably streamlining the Misuse of Drugs Act and abolishing the Class C category altogether, albeit with an R18 age limit. Some Class B substances may be best governed by harm minimisation and risk reduction. Reserve the interdiction and hardline prohibitionist policies for Class A drugs, where they might be justifiable. Methamphetamine psychosis does exist, and it is far more severe than the limited effects of similar adverse reactions to cannabis amongst particularly susceptible individuals.
Presumably by relying on existing pharmacological guidelines about psychoactive or toxicological properties, Rich? If they exist?
On a related matter... People with HIV and other chronic conditions have used prescription marijuana to treat the side effects of medication for decades, but a new study published in the February issue of the journal AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses suggests that daily doses of one component found in marijuana could help cells fend off the virus.
The study is the second of its kind to indicate that delta-9-THC, the primary psychoactive ingredient found in marijuana, could help increase the number of healthy cells in HIV-positive patients who use the drug on a regular basis. A 2011 study by the same team of researchers at Louisiana State University Health Science Center’s Department of Physiology found that HIV-positive rhesus monkeys treated with daily doses of delta-9-THC had lower levels of viral infection, higher numbers of immune cells, better survival rates, and less weight loss. So while HIV-positive humans who use marijuana don’t yet have concrete scientific proof that the herb is good for them—and anything smoked and inhaled includes dangerous carcinogens—it’s safe to add Molina’s study to the growing body of evidence that the active ingredient in marijuana does have some legitimate medical properties.
There are at least four other studies that say the same thing:
An Ohio State University study indicates that HIV-positive people’s cognitive function may worsen when they use marijuana.
Researchers at Imperial College in London find that HIV-positive marijuana users report reduced muscle pain and nausea, among other improvements.
Results of a Columbia University study suggest that marijuana increases caloric intake and improves mood in HIV-positive people.
Tel Aviv University scientists report that small doses of marijuana can halt brain damage in the general population.
Granted, unfortunately, antidrug populism is a default position in drug policy debates in New Zealand, sadly. However, where does moral panic end in this whole situation and actual adverse reactions to a specific psychoactive neurochemical response begin? Undoubtedly, the latter does occur, but you're right, Russell, it is being blown out of proportion by moral panic mongers. Rather reminds me of the South Auckland street prostitution debate in that respect. Contested space and cultural conflict, classic Stanley Cohen stuff.
At least this'll probably stop the horizontal hostility toward the Greens, one hopes.