This post is based on a long Facebook comment (I thought I might as well get something out of the exercise) and doesn't cover all the shitty arguments, omissions and logical fallacies packed into Davidson's columns. Feel free to examine the rest of them.
Thank you, Hilary. I love all these poems (and the way you have framed them), but this one particularly made me me smile:
peace group meeting
the two of them
If it tastes fine, it is fine.
I remain concerned about your use of a fork with a non-stick pan however.
The Drugs (testing gear) don’t work!
That'll be the police using "wet chemistry" reagent testing,, which is notoriously subjective (police don't have the fancy new mobile spectroscopy gear that Customs does).
I can almost forgive them, given that he had the creatine in his pockets in point bags.
In the spirit of accuracy and as indicated in my initial letter, I am a film producer, not director. Let’s not give directors a bad name. ;)
Oops, let me fix that :-)
Here’s the updated Customs advice. It basically says two different things: that the product must have been “lawfully supplied” – and then the update, noting that nearly all US cannabis products can’t be carried. It also says such products will be “seized”, but nothing about detention or expulsion.
Interestingly, the cited authority on this part of the Prohibited Goods regulations is .... The Ministry of Health.
The Misuse of Drugs Act (MODA) has an exemption for people entering or leaving the country, with up to one month’s supply of a controlled drug. The drug must have been lawfully supplied to the person overseas for the purpose of treating a medical condition. Customs officers seize cannabis and other controlled drugs at the border when they are not satisfied that the controlled drug has been lawfully supplied for the purpose of treating a medical condition: http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1975/0116/latest/DLM436242.html
If you are arriving into New Zealand carrying a controlled drug either on your person or in your luggage you must ensure:
you are carrying the controlled drug for yourself, or on behalf of someone travelling with you in your care or control (eg, parent/child or nurse/patient)
you declare the possession of the controlled drug on your incoming passenger arrival card which is lawfully required, and inspected, by the New Zealand Customs Service
you have a copy of the prescription from your doctor or a letter from your doctor stating that you are being treated with the controlled drug(s), the name of the drug and the applicable dosage
supply of the controlled drug specified in the prescription or letter is lawful in the country that the controlled drug was dispensed
you carry the controlled drug(s) in their original containers
you have a quantity not exceeding one month’s supply of the controlled drug.
Cannabis-based products for medical use supplied in the United States
Most cannabis-based products supplied in the United States of America cannot be carried with you when entering or leaving New Zealand.
Federal law in the United States prohibits the supply of most cannabis-based products. This means that under New Zealand law, cannabis-based products for medical use from the United States cannot be considered lawfully supplied, even with a doctor’s authorisation for the product.
Three cannabis-based pharmaceuticals (Marinol, Syndros and Cesamet) are federally approved and can be imported provided you meet the terms of the exemption.
Okay … I’ll write this up in more detail soon, but it appears that a view on the status of US medical cannabis imports came in the first instance from Crown Law (in response to the DEA email noted above by Chris Fowlie). I’m not clear whether Customs was advised directly by Crown Law, but that seems to be the vibe. On the other hand (see the comment below), Customs' cited authority on what is permitted is the Ministry of Health.
There are actually three US “medical cannabis” products with FDA approval, which can still be imported under the revised New Zealand policy – Marinol, Syndrol and Cesamet – which are all synthetically produced, i.e. not derived from cannabis plant.
This does create a significant problem for Minister Dunne, who wants people to use the the existing approval process, because that that process is now quite broken.
I think domestic production, initially for product development and trialling, looks pretty attractive now. But that’s not a quick or cheap process.
Well ... I bailed up Peter Dunne about this and he says Customs acted on Crown Law advice.
I suspect Crown Law is, like Customs, taking advice from the Ministry of Health, but if it's Crown Law who's responsible for Mr Stein's treatment, then questions need to be asked there. Who the hell thought this was a fair approach?
with all the iPhone selfies and suchlike out in the world
There were so many people taking selfies!