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Hard News: Media Take: We need to talk about cannabis

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  • Sacha, in reply to Katharine Moody,

    agri-academic utopia in NZ where our best agrichemists and botanists were developing new strains of weed that targeted all kinds specific medical uses - instead of trying to develop GM grasses that reduce methane gas output from cows.

    For sure. There's an obvious high-value industry waiting to take advantage of great growing conditions and knowledge plus sci-tech institutions. Imagine what growers and scientists in regions like Northland and East Cape could export with the right govt support?

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19264 posts Report Reply

  • Rosemary McDonald, in reply to Shane Le Brun,

    She cant seriously think said family would be a functional unit with no issues if all the Cannabis magically dissapeared?

    My other half and I were listening to your story on the radio the other day as I was putting him to bed, and wondering how best to source a balm to perhaps alleviate the 'pain' he has from a growth on his lower spine. I say 'pain' as he has a C5 spinal injury of some 46 years sitting and feels no pain as such...it manifests itself as wheelchair ejecting spasm and occasionally the dreaded Autonomic Dysreflexia .

    I also watched Media Take the other night and was cheering Marama on. I knew her statements would go down like a cup of cold sick with the decriminalize cannabis group and respect to her for standing her ground. Give her her due...she did say she has had a rethink about cannabis decriminalization....the least she can expect is an acknowledgement that perhaps yes...drug and alcohol abuse are exacerbating factors in some, if not most, of those families' dysfunction.

    Perhaps a better way of putting it would be to look at those who come from such dysfunction and have not gone down such a path themselves. Bet my bottom dollar (don't get your hopes up there aren't many $$$ left!), if you asked these functional families the point of difference they will have eschewed the dope. Or the booze. It is easier to avoid going down the same chaotic path to family failure one's ancestors took if one's head is clear enough to recognise and avoid the hazards.

    There is a middle ground here, and Marama stepped onto it...it is a bit rude, quite frankly, for her gesture to be scorned.

    Now...what's the best way to get our mitts on some magic balm, because on a bad night it like trying to sleep through an earthquake....?

    Waikato, or on the road • Since Apr 2014 • 1253 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford, in reply to Sacha,

    For sure. There’s an obvious high-value industry waiting to take advantage of great growing conditions and knowledge plus sci-tech institutions. Imagine what growers and scientists in regions like Northland and East Cape could export with the right govt support?

    Sorry, it’s hard to understand why Northland and East Cape would be good locations for making pharmaceuticals out of plants.
    I would have thought Auckland would be better equipped.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3682 posts Report Reply

  • Worik Stanton,

    Congratulations Russell Brown for your good work around drugs. Drug users are vilified and patronised everywhere else I go.

    Thankyou Russell

    Otepoti • Since Nov 2007 • 25 posts Report Reply

  • Katharine Moody,

    Would be very interested in your thoughts about TOP's policy proposal, Russell;

    http://www.top.org.nz/top8

    Palmerston North • Since Sep 2014 • 606 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Worik Stanton,

    Drug users are vilified and patronised everywhere else I go.

    In Auckland they are all 'villa-fied'....
    ;- )

    ...where's my coat?

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7274 posts Report Reply

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