Posts by BenWilson

  • Hard News: The Cannabis Legalisation and…, in reply to steven crawford,

    Reverse psychology? That might just work.

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  • Hard News: The Cannabis Legalisation and…,

    Just spotted an amusing flaw in the no-advertising aspects:

    52 Premises must have signs displaying opening hours
    The holder of a consumption premises licence or a retail premises licence must
    ensure that for each principal entrance to the premises there is displayed at all
    times a sign attached to the inside or outside of the premises, so as to be easily
    read by people immediately outside the entrance, stating the ordinary hours of
    business during which the premises are open for the sale of cannabis products
    or, as the case may be, the consumption of cannabis.
    53 Licences to be displayed in premises
    The holder of a consumption premises licence or a retail premises licence must
    ensure that at all times a copy of the licence, together with a statement of all
    conditions subject to which it is issued, is displayed—
    (a) attached to the inside of the premises concerned; and
    (b) so as to be easily read by people entering each principal entrance.

    Pretty hard to see how a sign in the window saying when they are open for the sale of cannabis isn't a sign visible to the public saying they sell cannabis. So they are both prohibited from this sign, and also required to show it.

    This has to be fixed. No brainer.

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  • Hard News: The Cannabis Legalisation and…, in reply to BenWilson,

    But on the way there is going to be a phase where smaller suppliers that can’t necessarily be trusted are operating. In such cases, you have to inspect produce.

    Mind you, section 48 requires harm and ingredients messaging to be on all packaging. Unless there is no packaging, I don't really see how selling raw produce like in a fruit shop is even tenable. I guess any bag you give the customer has to have a message on it, and list the ingredients (presumably "Contains 100% cannabis plant material"), or they have to bring their own bag. That could end up being the work around? The "delivery" will literally involve spooning it out of a container into your own bag, so the customer can't help but see the produce?

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  • Hard News: The Cannabis Legalisation and…, in reply to Matthew Green,

    You can grow quite a large amount of cannabis with just two plants - especially outdoors.

    Not in all seasons, though. So you can't get a continual harvest, and you're not allowed to store large amounts of dried product without a license. So producing entirely for yourself, entirely legally, would probably require an indoor setup if you use a lot. But we are still talking about a LOT. We don't know average consumption for a general population in NZ under post-prohibition conditions, but I'd be amazed if it's much more than occasional use. Growing for personal use would probably end up like home brewing, a niche hobby, barely worth it from a financial perspective.

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  • Hard News: The Cannabis Legalisation and…,

    Ideally, you would want to germinate many, and then pick the best, but that strategy will definitely skirt the regulatory line.

    Yes, I think the law should be amended to define what is a plant and it should not include seedlings and little clones (a maximum height seems like an easily measurable system). Otherwise it is unworkable and people will break it and the cops will have to enforce a stupid law.

    Not sure how low potency males would be a feature though?

    Some people just prefer it less potent, and don't have large appetites. It's a way of making sure you don't get too high. Once the law isn't making people try to minimize the size of what they're carrying to hide it from police I don't personally think uber-potency will continue to be the selling point it was under prohibition. People drink beer and spirits, even though spirits is obviously more convenient for bootleggers and sly groggers. In a sane consumption environment (ie after prohibition, hopefully only a short time from now), the use of it could become less grossly about who is the blazedest, and a lot more about tastes, styles, deliberate low consumption, safe pleasant consumption environments etc.

    Overall, these regulations are draconian in my opinion and yes, let's hope they quickly become irrelevant and far more lenient.

    I think they will. If they're needed to get the reeferendum over the line, then I'm good with them. But would it hurt to get some minor details like the definition of a plant not including a twig with a tiny leaf on it, or a seed with some emerging roots? These things could be accidentally overlooked in a garden. I've got adventitious tomatoes everywhere in mine, and I can't recognize them until they form a couple of leaves. Ironically, too, tobacco is an annoying weed that is almost impossible to eradicate.

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  • Hard News: The Cannabis Legalisation and…, in reply to BenWilson,

    I’m honestly not sure what this is supposed to achieve, or what actual harm would be done by allowing people to see what they’re buying.

    Yes this has me stumped too. I guess they are saying it should not be easily visible to passers by or accidental visitors to the shop who did not know that was what the shop was for (which the law sets up as a likely outcome, since by being unable to advertise you also can't warn people off). But presumably upon request to purchase cannabis the ability to then inspect it is sensible. Yes, I know you probably don't inspect your tobacco before buying it (although smelling a cigar before you buy it is not uncommon), but they didn't legislate against inspecting it, because the bad effect on quality is likely.

    I mean maybe in a mass produced market of the future like what tobacco is now, then buying in prepackaged boxes from 4 major chains and knowing what you'll get every time is where things will go. But on the way there is going to be a phase where smaller suppliers that can't necessarily be trusted are operating. In such cases, you have to inspect produce.

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  • Hard News: The Cannabis Legalisation and…,

    Mind you the casual home grower might not want big volume and low potency male plants might be a feature rather than a bug. A more likely problematic outcome for the careless gardener is forgetting to even harvest and finding dozens of plants in the garden the following year.

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  • Hard News: The Cannabis Legalisation and…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I wonder how many people will even bother to grow from seeds with a 2 plant limit. Around half of your plants that even manage to germinate will be the wrong sex and not useful. But if you clone your own plants then you will probably be in violation of the plant number limits.

    But I expect it will quickly become as irrelevant as the laws around growing tobacco.

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  • Hard News: A fun but flawed weed documentary, in reply to Russell Brown,

    There’s talk of a Part 3 focused specifically on our options, which would help.

    I'd probably watch that

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  • Hard News: A fun but flawed weed documentary, in reply to nzlemming,

    Yeah, I couldn't bear to watch it either, I knew I'd just end up angry. I'm glad more serious people have the fortitude to go through with it and then report on it.

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