“Any society that tolerates alcoholic consumption at the level at which we do, but inveighs against cannabis and prosecutes and punishes against cannabis has an extraordinary amount of self-deception.”
That was David Lange in an interview with Kim Hill, oh how we miss his wisdom.
A news item today shows how insane our war on cannabis has now become. In the last 6 years, we have imprisoned over 1600 NZers for small amounts of marijuana or having a pipe for smoking marijuana and we have convicted over 20 000 - this war on cannabis is an utter failure and yet it is allowed to pointlessly continue.
I'm currently working on a documentary looking at the history of cannabis in NZ and the inane position we have managed to get ourselves into because of American paranoia. Cannabis prohibition has nothing to do with your health, it has everything to do with allowing Police vast levels of power over the most widely used illegal drug in society.
Listening to 'Crusher' Collins cook up bullshit justifications for 20 000 prosecutions and 1600 imprisonments over 6 years for personal use of cannabis is an insult to our collective intelligence.
Having watched first hand the levels of intimidation the Police are prepared to use to bully cannabis activists, I don't believe for one second they are capable of using the discretion necessary to ease this pointless war and bring the debate to a more adult level. The Police simply gain too much power from cannabis being illegal to change and the only reason we have seen a decline recently is because the pointless cost of this stupid war is starting to bite too deep even for the Politicians to swallow.
While the US makes large strides towards easing up on their war, NZ is still as narrow minded as ever on the issue.
The documentary will be out before the 2014 election.