Posts by steven crawford

  • Hard News: Cabinet and the Reeferendum,

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    Here’s the thing about common-sense, evidence based legal regulation: it means we have control over a substance, and can ensure community well-being.

    But here's the thing. Why not have a read of this, real "evidence based" recommendation, and maybe explain why your “common-sense” approach to regulation can’t be applied to alcohol.

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  • Hard News: Synthetics: We need to stop…, in reply to Craig Young,

    Whats a polydrug?

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  • Hard News: Cabinet and the Reeferendum,

    Kyle MacDonald

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    Replying to @publicaddress @David_Cormack and 2 others
    A number of us have.

    Fear is a powerful motivator though, and prevents facts having the impact they should, especially when deliberately enflamed by the hysterics of B*b McFamily and Hosking et. al.

    I know, Twitter looks like machine code language when you take it out of the lab.

    Whats happening here, is Kyle twittering his expert opinion as part of his campaign to legalise and regulate cannabis because thats his gig.

    What he is saying is profound. Fear is a strong motivator.

    I think he might also be saying that anyone with reservations about ticking the yes box in the up coming referendum, is not thinking rationally.

    What I think is that machines operate on facts alone, Human beings are obviously more creative and intuitive. Which is what Kyle is also saying, but from a different platform and status.

    My intuition tells me that B*b McFamily and Hosking et. al are to be ignored. I never ever fact check what these people say. I use my efficient internal bullshit detectors instead.

    Regarding algorithms of facts, evidence-based decision making and “harm reduction”. Until I start reading tweets from high profile cannabis legalise and regulate campaigners talking about tightening up the regulations around the advertising and marketing of alcohol, I’m going to listen to my intuition, and call bullshit your not going to introduce another mind fucking addictive drug to the supermarket shelves.

    Please convince me you truthfully care about harm reduction.

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  • Hard News: Synthetics: We need to stop…,

    Because language matters and guides choices – we saw that in action when the most recent attempt at a New Zealand Drug Harm Index farcically grouped natural cannabis and synthetics together under the single heading “cannabinoids”, despite acknowledging that they were actually different things.

    Thats what makes your work so important Russell. You are really good at weeding out these misunderstandings.

    I also notice the Drug Harm Index didn’t explicitly talk about being remanded or sentenced to prison as a drug harm.

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  • Speaker: Drug History: What happened…,

    After looking at tweets about the cannabis campaign, and those links to the Herald paywall, I decided to-hell with it! So I went and brought a news paper.

    It had the real proper shit, right here, in-depth.

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  • Hard News: Who are the medicinal…,

    Someone I’ve known all my life is using cannabis while the onset of some sort of dementia is becoming observable. The cannabis is being claimed by the older person, as an explanation for the bewilderment. Such as, “please excuse my dithering around trying to figure out how to make this cup of tea, I just finished smoking a joint”.

    This is the sort of research I would be very interested in reading; the medical value of cannabis to the elderly who have already begun to loose their marbles.

    Its early days, so I’d be very surprised if there is much known about that yet.

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  • Speaker: Are we seeing the end of MSM,…,

    The Trump administration charged Facebook with digital redlining. That is the targeting of people to not see advertising of housing. Facebook provided the tools to make that discrimination happen.

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  • Speaker: Are we seeing the end of MSM,…,

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  • Speaker: Are we seeing the end of MSM,…,

    Stuff news, has produced a journalistic article about Donald Trump, saying something stupid. A big part of this journalistic article is about the witty things people are saying on Twitter about the stupid shit Donald Trump said. And the all important, how many people are talking about how stupid Donald Trump is.

    Nearly every person on the entire planet thinks Donald Trump is an idiot!

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  • Hard News: Cabinet and the Reeferendum,

    Russell Brown

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    Jul 3

    In theory the “just consume less” thing works, but higher THC also tends to mean a lower CBD ratio. It would actually be really nice to have access to higher-CBD strains.

    In theory, yes. And this is where we depart from alcohol as a comparison. The chemistry is different.

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