Posts by steven crawford

  • Hard News: The Oncoming Day,

    Martin’s heavy drinking had exacerbated the symptoms of his disease and contributed to irreversible scarring of his liver. Why would someone do something so self-destructive? Hopelessness, basically.

    I had a friend – a musician from the same era- who died from the same situation.

    He was a descent man, and an alcoholic.

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

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  • Hard News: Media Take: We need to talk…, in reply to Katharine Moody,

    Better it becomes a legal substance, regulated like alcohol – as to me it is a more honest (and sensible) approach.

    disclaimer: I’m not a great fan of the current alcohol regulations, particularly the way it’s allowed to be advertised. While marijuana is reasonably benign, like alcohol, it can be problematic for some people (and there family’s) even when all the ingredients are clearly labeled on the packaging. Make marijuana a legal substance, ok, but I shudder when I imagine the sorts of medicinal narratives that could be created by marketing firms.

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  • Hard News: Media Take: We need to talk…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I think there are problems with very loose medical regimes. I found the episode of Weediquette looking at parents in Oregon who give their cancer-stricken kids massive doses of THC oil – on a very flimsy basis – a bit troubling.

    I agree. There is a big difference between "medical marijuana" and pharmaceutical extracts of it. Medical marijuana is code for "decriminalised" which is what California is doing. It's medical kind of like methadone. There is a very lose lip service to supervision of users, that use it to self medicate - in some cases, the consequences of smoking dope for decades. But mostly, it's not really medical marijuana, it's decriminalisation. And that's a public health argument, not a pharmaceutical one.

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  • Hard News: Media Take: We need to talk…, in reply to dave stewart,

    And what about the economic angle? I tuned into a RNZ Checkpoint discussion a few weeks ago where the view was expressed that substituting existing opiate-based pain relief medications prescribed for chronic/terminal patients for medicinal marijuana could save Pharmac in the order of hundreds of millions per year.

    That’s just magic thinking. These are completely different substances that do entirely different things to human beings.

    Its just as good to argue that a shot of whisky would do the trick at a car accident.

    The best case for medical marijuana that I’ve seen, is in California. It’s better to just allow people who want to use it, to use it, just as long as they know the side effects. And just like any medication, there are side effects.

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  • Capture: Where have you been all Summer?,

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    The red grater with lots of twenty something visitors.

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  • Capture: Where have you been all Summer?,

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    Alpine grasshopper.

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    Nice green moss growing on top the mountain.

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    Then it went and rescued someone.

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    I went back up the mountains a couple of days ago (Ngauruhoe). This chopper decided to land on the crater rim,

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