Posts by Andrew Geddis

  • Hard News: Media Take: Medical cannabis…, in reply to chris fowlie,

    Because the defendant in Ms Grey's case was convicted of importing a class B drug after mailing the medpot to herself. Ms Grey then was successful in winning a discharge without conviction ... but I wouldn't count on this being the outcome every time (plus you still have to pay for a lawyer to defend you, and you lose the medpot!)

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2007 • 193 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Media Take: Medical cannabis…,

    Of course, the Misuse of Drugs Act refers to controlled drugs being "lawfully obtained" in overseas jurisdictions, not "lawfully removed from" or "lawfully carried out of" them. So it isn't clear what the effect of these rules would be on people who take the risk of carrying medpot out of the US and then try to bring it into NZ!

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2007 • 193 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Media Take: Medical cannabis…, in reply to BenWilson,

    Yeah - it's just that simple!

    Caveat, but. In that interview Dunne mentioned that it may not be "lawful" to take medpot out of the US due to Federal law. Not sure if that was a warning to travelers ("you may be busted in the US") or an indication that NZ may not see it as being "lawfully obtained" overseas (and thus within the Misuse of Drugs Act exemption).

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2007 • 193 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Media Take: Medical cannabis…,

    A case in which a judge discharged a woman who had mailed herself medical cannabis from the US, which might have slipped by, instead became the subject of serious legal debate.

    Peter Dunne has confirmed in an interview with RNZ that my (and Sue Grey’s, the lawyer who argued the Nelson case, ) interpretation of the law is correct – if lawfully obtained overseas and used for therapeutic purposes, you can bring one months supply of medpot into NZ on your person (but not by mail, or for another person).

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2007 • 193 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: The Future,

    The Māori Party only has one electorate. If they lose that, they’re not in Parliament.

    But the Māori Party can retain the Waiariki electorate while losing so much of its share of the list vote that it does not qualify for an additional list seat, thereby remaining in Parliament while being reduced to a one seat party (in the same way ACT and United Future have been).

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2007 • 193 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: The flag referendum:…,

    We could have had a team of designers included on the Flag Consideration panel, but as long as they still sought public input, I can’t see they could have excluded the Lockwood design from the long list, or the short list.

    True this. We also could have had some truly awful (imho) "designer approved" options included. And yes - I do mean even more awful than the 4 "panel approved" choices.

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2007 • 193 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: Voting in the Flag Referendum, in reply to Rob Stowell,

    what’s the law regarding advertising?

    No limit on spending on "referendum advertisements" - you just have to put your name and address on it. TV advertising also would be allowed, as no political parties or candidates are involved.

    However, parties and MPs can't use their parliamentary funding to pay for such messages. And the Government won't spend money to promote a particular outcome (as opposed to the fact the referendum is on at all) - not because it can't, but rather because there's division within National on the matter and it would be plain wrong to do so. So any pro-change campaign would have to be funded out of private pockets.

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2007 • 193 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: Voting in the Flag Referendum, in reply to Jackson James Wood,

    Wot Graeme said.

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2007 • 193 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Hall of Memories, in reply to Shaun Scott,

    Fugazi and many many more

    I'm pretty sure Fugazi didn't ever play at Sammys (they have an "all ages" policy for their gigs, so generally don't play at licensed venues). My memory of when they played Dunedin was that they were at the old RSA building on Moray Place.

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2007 • 193 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: Voting in the Flag Referendum,

    If you don’t rank any flag at all with a “1”. Or if you rank more than one flag with a “1”. Or if you vote using ticks, like in a first past the post election.

    If you put a single tick next to just one of the options and nothing else, then that will be counted as if you marked the ballot paper with a 1 (as the voter's intention is clear).

    But if you put ticks next to more than one of the options, then your vote will be treated as invalid.

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2007 • 193 posts Report Reply

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