Posts by Worik Stanton

  • Hard News: A painful reflection,

    I cannot resist:

    National's housing spokesperson Judith Collins wants Mr Twyford to explain why taxpayers are compensating people for breaking the law.

    Housing NZ to reimburse hundreds evicted on flawed meth testing

    Otepoti • Since Nov 2007 • 32 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The miserable archive,

    As reported by Radio New Zealand Andrew McKenzie was asked about a Deloitte report at select committee...

    ... the Deloitte report the agency commissioned last year.

    That report again told Housing New Zealand the guidelines were designed only for cleaning up meth labs and warned its eviction campaign was not based on a solid foundation of research or science.

    "Housing New Zealand spent $50,000 on a report from Deloittes. As I understand it that report told you that the standard you were using was not sound, and yet you continued to use the standard - is that right?"

    At the same committee meeting Andrew denied getting the advice from the Ministry of Health. I am not a journalist, but methinks that Deloitte report would be OIA'able....

    Otepoti • Since Nov 2007 • 32 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: We are, at last, navigating…,

    I wonder where Mike Sabin fits into this picture?

    Otepoti • Since Nov 2007 • 32 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: We are, at last, navigating…,

    You did good work.

    It was a classic drug panic.

    Otepoti • Since Nov 2007 • 32 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The new medical cannabis law…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Astatutory defence is a defence in law, so it’s okay – the same as being legal, in fact. I think it will have an impact on police willingness to prosecute in general.

    It is a defence in law. But it is a defence. It is used in court. It is nothing like being legal.

    Whilst it may have some effect on police actions, probably, police can still use the law to harras and terrify people. The search provisions of themisuse of drugs act will (?) still apply.

    This is worth supporting. But do not be fooled. This is still classifying cannabis users, even medical users, as not quite good enough.

    We have a long journey. We must hold Labour's feet to the fire and make them see their hypocrisy. All animals are equal, but some...

    Otepoti • Since Nov 2007 • 32 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The new medical cannabis law…,

    Definitely better than nothing.

    Was it too far to have protection better than "legal defense"?

    Protection for growers would have good too. Too far?

    Otepoti • Since Nov 2007 • 32 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: How harm happens,

    On drug stigma: Drug policy still, still, expressed in terms of harm.

    Prejudice. Bigotry. People use drugs because drugs are good.

    There is harm associated with drugs. There is harm associated with concrete, plums and motorcycles.

    FTC

    Otepoti • Since Nov 2007 • 32 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Media Take: We need to talk…,

    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 • 32 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Stop acting like the law is…, in reply to Jason Kemp,

    I recently watched the Ken Burns documentary miniseries on Prohibition. What was very interesting about it was all the unintended consequences of those laws and how that played out. Various commentators in that series may have overstated their views but the criminalisation of alcohol was said to have created many of the organised crime in the U.S at the time.

    I think it is worthwhile to point out that the prohibition of alcohol in the USA in 1920 was effectively "decriminalised". That is private ownership and consumption of alcohol were not made illegal, under federal law. It was the production, importation, transportation and sale of alcohol which was criminalised.

    Which is what "decriminalisation" advocates wish for here with regards for cannabis.

    Otepoti • Since Nov 2007 • 32 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Starting the cannabis…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Over half of all people apprehended and processed for drug offences in Northland last year were charged with a criminal offence

    I bet to them, "defacto decriminalisation" is as meaningless as it is to me.

    So I'm happy enough with the phrase "de facto decriminalisation".

    That is nice, be safe and be nice to police officers, because you have to.

    Otepoti • Since Nov 2007 • 32 posts Report Reply

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