Posts by Ross Bell

  • Hard News: Talking to the United Nations…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Plus there's been a ridiculous Catch 22 with med cannabis: we don't have evidence about possible effectiveness because research funding has been withheld (US have only recently overturned its ban on federal money for med pot research). It's telling that many more pharmaceutical companies are moving into medical cannabis research... that should tell the minister something.

    Wellington, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 98 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Talking to the United Nations…,

    Wow, just wow. Peter Dunne has just released the speech he'll soon give at the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in a couple of hours. Brilliant stuff (except the medical cannabis stuff - some work still to be done).

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1503/S00099/58th-session-un-comm-on-narcotic-drugs-vienna-austria.htm

    Wellington, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 98 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: We're in this together, in reply to Kevin McCready,

    Pomo is *so* 1991.

    Wellington, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 98 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: We're in this together,

    Oh, thanks for the shout out Russell. Very kind words. We love your work too, so do our readers - we had an MP into the office this morning who said he was all up-to-speed on the status of the legal high law thanks to your recent piece.

    p.s. I heard your very first @95bFM Hardnews on Graeme's show as an Akl uni first year in '91, and have been a #fanboy ever since.

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    Chris, I've not heard the term "synnies", but agree with Andre:
    - synthetics
    - synthetic high
    - synthetic cannabis
    - legal highs (an early 2000s term making a come back)

    And also "beagle".

    Wellington, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 98 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: But seriously, drug policy,

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  • Hard News: But seriously, drug policy,

    Damn you, Brown!

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  • Hard News: But seriously, drug policy,

    And then we have this research which reinforces earlier work highlighting the harms from early and heavy use. For me this strengthens the argument that drug policy is a valid debate during an election. Cannabis is harmful, which is why we need to change the law (and our wider policy approach).

    And man, contrast the leadership shown by the Global Commission with what we have in NZ: National supports status quo. Labour and Greens have other priorities. ACT will leave it to the conscience of its MPs.

    Parties don't want to debate drug policy in an election year, nor in the years in between.

    I quite like the IM policy, and I liked the process the Internet Party used to develop the policy - it was crowd sourced to a greater degree: the first iteration was a big shit so I gave it no more thought; the final product is well thought out - it shows for example quite a good understanding of the current barriers to medical cannabis, which could be corrected with a very minor legal and regulatory amendment.

    Wellington, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 98 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: A law gone awry,

    I'm thinking I have to do a Judith Collins and hop off Twitter for a while. So angry right now.

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  • Hard News: Sorting out our thinking on drugs, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Yes, the LAPP must be been developed and adopted using the “special consultative procedure" in section 83 of the Local Government Act 2002. If they do that right, then the policy is in effect. Plus they give a copy to the Authority.

    Auckland Council is trying to ban use of approved products in a public place. The Act doesn’t give them this power. So not sure if they can do this as a by-law instead.

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