Bill English remains resolutely not on board:
Standing in Mr Dunne's way is his ministerial boss - the Prime Minister. Bill English says Mr Dunne is "making a lot of assumptions" about a drug that "does real damage to people".
"We don't want to encourage open trading in cannabis and a whole industry around it," he told The AM Show.
Mr English says the impact on gangs would be minimal, as they have other criminal avenues to make money, while Customs and police are "doing a much better job now" of intercepting drugs before they hit the streets.
Despite his unwillingness to make any changes to drug laws, Mr English does agree with Mr Dunne that the so-called war on drugs can't be called a success.
"It's failing if one person is having their lives wrecked, or wrecking their family's lives with drugs. You can never say it's succeeded - put it that way. There's always more to do."
Perhaps the Prime Minister could read his own government's National Drug Policy before commenting further.
Meanwhile, an indication of how high the stakes can be: the Philippines' murderous drug war on its own citizens.
Thanks for the article – good to see a summary of reaction to the budget and reflections on more structural aspirations for NZ’s economic future.
Thanks for swinging by, Paul!
Don’t forget to report that booking fee to Consumer NZ’s rip-off fees page
Oh yes, good idea.
I’m delighted that generic-buying solutions are being found. And I hope all that human potential of people suffering with Hep C can be recovered.
This is such a big thing. All those people with a chronic illness who could be working and contributing.
Thanks for Lost In Space Russ. It’s great that Marty is reprising some of the old classics. Enjoyed hearing Satin Doll again , 30+years later. He looks great!!
He sure does. And it was cool of him to give you a shout-out too :-)
That didn’t get past the moderator, whereas the immoderate does.
I've found it doesn't pay to include links - even though they back up and supports cogent points and add knowledge to a 'discussion' .
Having spent a fair bit of the past 15 years moderating comments, I must say that's piss-poor moderation. Keep the hate speech but dump informed comments? Really? No wonder they have problems with their forums.
The irony of all this penny pinching is that having diseases like this in the community actually cost more than treatment ever does.
There was a particular issue here in whether bending to Gilead's profiteering would have been a good thing, but it remains true that treating people with liver failure or liver cancer is far more expensive than the drugs would be.
Even when people get the tests and find out what the the options are it is still not easy to access help even for the most savvy of us.
No, and people with Hep C learn fast about stigma. Ed Gane and Victoria Oliver are doing to great work in getting diagnosis and treatment out into the community in Auckland – reaching people it's hard to get to come to hospital.