Dr Hickey on Medical Cannabis.

This Monday just been there was a meeting at the Auckland town hall discussing Cannabis Law reform.  A broad selection on the Panel including Helen Kelly, Dr Huhana Hickey MNZM from the perspective of Medical reform, with others including Chris Wilkins and, Prof Max Abbott CNZM and  Dr Warren Young CNZM on the panel, turn out was fair with about 80 odd people, with another 50 odd online.The highlight for me was the question and answer response in this video that I felt worth sharing.

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    • @UT

      great diagram.. maybe a copy should go to Dunne, Key & all the other MPs (on all sides) who are blocking/ignoring further reforms ?

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  1. @SLB

    is there any other footage from this meeting ?
    I would liked to have attended BUT I’m in Dn.

    I agree with Dr. Hickey; we need to stand up in UNITY. At the moment there is: Greens, ALCP, NORML & numerous other lobby groups, all saying ‘Cannabis Law reform is needed !’ BUT the whole movement seem totally fractured. :/ 😦

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  2. One thing is highlighted: Sativex is currently, the only ‘approved’ cannabis drug in NZ (unless special approval granted by the minister).. BUT at $1200/month, its much cheaper to go to the black-market ‘tinny house’ etc. (as I believe Helen K & other are) & buy ‘illegal herb’.

    “Bloody Disgraceful !!” 😦

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    • Thx SLB 🙂

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      • Gezza

         /  2nd July 2016

        It doesn’t seem to be gaining enough traction to me. The media seem more interested in the athletes’ uniforms.

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        • @Gezza

          likely because; any serious talk of law reform, has the MPs all running for the hills.. “just put it in the TOO HARD basket & hope it gets buried OR goes away” 😦

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          • Gezza

             /  2nd July 2016

            Possibly. On medical cannabis I don’t think they care because it’s not affecting them & they’re busy making idiots of themselves in various ways on our money. Dunne’s a tosser. He only keeps getting elected because the well-heeled in my electorate want to make sure Labour never gets the seat. The rest of them waste their votes splitting them but I can understand why that is.

            Helen’s been on tv and she articulates the issues well. Plus she’s well-known and I think comes across well to people even with her union background. The media have people like Jack Tame & Katie & Hosking and Henners & The Beaver on TV3 so we’re pretty much stuffed there getting any serious understanding of the issue out in the burbs.

            Maybe a lot of the problem is confusion about the difference between ganja and the medical stuff. The ganja’s stopping a lot of people getting well-paid jobs apparently. According to PDB anyway. I’ve met a few stoners who I wouldn’t give a job to either but those that smoke it occasionally don’t seem to be affected by it. I liked it. The effects wear off pretty quickly & it’s not physically addictive in my experience. Can be psychologically though, in my opinion. Research is mixed.

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            • @ Gezza

              I mostly agree.. although I think Dunne is just ‘the face of prohibition’.. I actually think all of ‘Team Key’ are driving the “NO Cannabis law reform” agenda !

              I hear that at least one Govt. MP (Bishop) was a ‘Tobacco lobbyist’ ? Maybe this is their real agenda.. maintaining this monopoly, at any cost to others ?? :/

            • Gezza

               /  2nd July 2016

              Is he electorate or list? What sort of shits would elect a tobacco lobbyist as their electorate MP?

              I don’t see why Team Key should all just naturally all align with the Chief Baboon on an issue like this to be honest, nor why grabbing as much tax as they can off tobacco addicts & boozers should make any difference to the debate on cannabis, medical or fun use, to be honest Zedd.

              What am I missing?

        • RE Traction, we are lining up a slot on Q and A, and have another press release as soon as our nurse has completed her formal MC training.

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          • Gezza

             /  2nd July 2016

            Hope you get a good interviewer & they have a good panel, Shane. Personally I’m not convinced all that many people watch it but hitting every outlet you can is good. Other blogs?

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            • Time limited to be honest, and need funds, but again, dont have time to shake a bucket on the streets.

            • Gezza

               /  2nd July 2016

              Will watch Q&A when it’s on. Good luck. Any interest from The Nation?

  3. I watched the recent debate around ‘Tobacco plain packaging’… until ‘Team Key’ went into coalition with Maori party (promoting smoke-free 2025) they were opposed to any laws to inhibit tobacco sales/use (kills over 5000/year) yet they are opposed to cannabis law reform (any use): voted in a bloc to STOP Greens Med-use bill 2009

    They say they are supportive of ‘harm minimization’ BUT seem to be promoting ‘Harm MAXIMIZATION’ in reality.. as long as money is their bottom-line !! 😦

    As I say.. B-S is actually B-S; regardless of the spin put on it !!!

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    • Gezza

       /  2nd July 2016

      Where do Labour and the Greens stand on it now that Nandoor’s skateboarding somewhere else?

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    • Gezza

       /  2nd July 2016

      “Chris Bishop was elected to the New Zealand Parliament as a National Party List MP at the 2014 election.

      Chris was born and raised in Lower Hutt, attending Eastern Hutt School and Hutt Intermediate. He holds a first class Honours degree in Law and a Bachelor of Arts from Victoria University of Wellington, and has been admitted to the bar as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.

      He worked as a researcher for the National Party in opposition before spending two and a half years working as a Ministerial Advisor to the then Minister of Energy and Resources and Leader of the House, Hon Gerry Brownlee. Between 2011 and 2013 he lived and worked in Auckland as Corporate Affairs Manager for Philip Morris New Zealand, before returning to Parliament to work as a Senior Advisor to Hon Steven Joyce.

      He has a strong record of contributing to the community, and was the 2006 Young Wellingtonian of the Year. For many years he has coached, organised and judged schools debating competitions in Wellington and around New Zealand. He was President of the New Zealand’ Schools Debating Council for four years, and continues to be involved in debating around New Zealand.

      He is a skilled debater and public speaker, having won ten intervarsity debating tournaments, including at the Cambridge Union and Sydney Union, and a range of awards for legal argument and oratory.”

      I see the problem.

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