Media watch – Saturday

25 November 2017


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    • unitedtribes2

       /  November 25, 2017

      If only that was the only way the health profession screws us.

  1. Zedd

     /  November 25, 2017

    I watched ‘The Nation’ (TV3) they had Northland Pollies, talking ‘local/regional issues’, followed by the panel of ‘elders’/experts. Ms Owen asked them how they intend to vote in the upcoming cannabis referendum; they all took the ‘soft option’ & said ‘Decrim. not legalise !’

    When I hear this word used; I often wonder if many actually understand what it means ?
    ‘Decriminalisation’ is not the ‘soft option’ (as many think) it still leaves the door open to ‘on-the spot fines’ & even court ordered rehab. even for possession/cultivate for personal use (3-4 plants). Is this what we really want ?
    NO sez I; we should be looking at 2 other words; LEGAL REGULATION (as with Alcohol) legal, but with strict rules, not a half way ‘feel good’ option/measure…

    If they are going to spend $millions on another Referendum, then lets get it correct this time; remember ‘the flag’ one !? 😦

    Do we really want to waste all that money, to realise in a year or threes time, that Decrim. is not what they thought it was & very little actually changed; Cops still raiding properties & issuing fines for small amounts of weed. We need to have the guts to make REAL change, not tokenism..

    • Zedd

       /  November 25, 2017

      just to be clear; ‘Decrim.’ does NOT mean ‘tolerated but not promoted’ (as many think) it means, treated like a traffic offence; on-spot fines/community service (without a CRIMINAL conviction) but also open to court-ordered sanctions; Rehab./treatment even for minor ‘re-offenders’ (possession/cultivate for adults personal use). Is this what you want or believe ?

      We need to be clear on the meaning, before we use it OR go near a ‘reeferendum’ :/

      “Educate, Regulate.. BUT dont ALIENATE’ folks 🙂

  2. PartisanZ

     /  November 25, 2017

    Don Brash continues to flog the dead pledge; this time with his own whanau connections. He’s “the partner of Western Bay councilor Margaret Murray-Benge” (the only woman elected to that Council)

    The beginnings of our inevitable Consociational Governance?

    Meantime, back in September, The Spinoff’s Madeleine Chapman takes a light-hearted but nonetheless serious look at –