The Dim-Post

February 11, 2010

Simony

Filed under: Politics — danylmc @ 7:57 pm

I choose not to choose life

There’s not a single, solitary chance that as long as I’m the Minister of Justice, we’ll be relaxing drug laws in New Zealand.

- Simon Power responding to the Law Commission’s finding that ‘the (Misuse Of Drugs) Act seems poorly aligned with the policy platform of harm minimization‘.

Sara : How come you know more about medicine than a doctor?
Harry : Believe me, Ma: I know.

- Requiem for a Dream

There are more serious problems facing the nation but the drug laws – medicinal heroin but not medicinal cannabis; pot growers get prison, brewery owners get knighthoods – are easily the least logical, most absurd and do the most to undermine the moral authority of the state and the justice system.

I’m ambivalent about the idea of pot legalisation: it’s still a powerful, dangerous drug of abuse and we have enough problems with alcohol companies lobbying/buying politicians and censoring debate about the harm they cause. But medicinal marijuana is a total non-brainer: people will suffer needlessly because Power and his Prime Minister are afraid of what talkback callers and the Sensible Sentencing Trust will say about them if they do the right thing.

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20 Comments »

  1. OK, Would YOU sleep with this man?

    Comment by Tarquin Montford III — February 11, 2010 @ 8:08 pm

  2. Simon Power is really living up to his title as the “liberal one” in the National caucus.

    Pathetic.

    On the plus side, at least the MOJ can get back to cracking down on free speech, freed from the task of devising more sensible drug laws.

    Comment by Bilbo — February 11, 2010 @ 8:51 pm

  3. It’s important this stuff is taken care of:

    1. Sort out the drug problem
    2. ???
    3. economic parity with Australia

    Comment by Clunking Fist — February 11, 2010 @ 9:15 pm

  4. The Sensible Sentencing Trust and the talkback “beltway” have a lot to answer for here. I cannot believe the LC would work on this for 2 yrs, produce 400 pages and Power dismisses it in 2.4 seconds.

    Comment by Gooner — February 11, 2010 @ 9:26 pm

  5. I don’t think there’s any need to worry about any sort of ‘Big Marijuana’ lobby springing up. There’s a reason it’s called ‘weed’.

    Comment by derp de derp — February 11, 2010 @ 10:24 pm

  6. Simon Power has never had an original thought since entering parliament. He has always just parroted the party line, probably because he is so busy sucking up to his boss and doing as he is told. His mind is too busy with how to get the next lot of kudos that it has atrophied. Look at the idea straight from the SST about fining everyone found guilty of anything $50. I wonder how much that has brought in so far? You only have to look at his blank expression to see that I am right.

    Comment by Janice — February 11, 2010 @ 11:46 pm

  7. I cannot believe the LC would work on this for 2 yrs, produce 400 pages and Power dismisses it in 2.4 seconds.

    I can. Power’s a stuffed shirt and Key won’t do anything unless the polls tell him it’ll make him look good.

    Comment by Psycho Milt — February 12, 2010 @ 6:46 am

  8. I don’t know Tarquin, I doubt whether Labour woulsd have the balls to take this on either. It’s almost like they care more about their popularity than improving the country……… wait a minute!

    Comment by Philonz — February 12, 2010 @ 8:33 am

  9. I woke up this morning and sadly realised the truth of Labour having to dump Goff sooner rather than later…

    Comment by matthew — February 12, 2010 @ 8:35 am

  10. And is there any chance Danyl will recant his AGW beliefs?

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/02/09/climategate-plausibility-and-the-blogosphere-in-the-post-normal-age/

    Comment by Berend de Boer — February 12, 2010 @ 9:55 am

  11. Sometimes I really despair at the standard of political debate these days. I think Gooner’s hit the nail on the head – policy just isn’t being formed by a considered, reasoned investigation by experts. Instead the chattering inanities of the talkback shows are given more weight by the politicians.

    Comment by Conrad — February 12, 2010 @ 10:31 am

  12. Simon Power looks like John Key when a widescreen telly stretches out a 4:3 broadcast.

    Comment by dontsurf — February 12, 2010 @ 11:25 am

  13. >And is there any chance Danyl will recant his AGW beliefs?

    Is there any reason he should?

    Comment by pete — February 12, 2010 @ 11:49 am

  14. B d B: no response whilst the warmers are busy googling Jerome Ravetz for any signs of a conviction involving children. Or even worse: can find an oil company amongst his portfolio of consultancies.

    Comment by Clunking Fist — February 12, 2010 @ 11:50 am

  15. And is there any chance Danyl will recant his AGW beliefs?

    Renounce the authority of the church of global warming, never!!!!

    Comment by andy (the other one) — February 12, 2010 @ 12:08 pm

  16. A sensible drug policy would ban ALL advertising of alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, and other recreational drugs. ALL drugs (including aforementioned)would be controlled and available either on prescription or to adults only from licensed premises – certainly not dairies or gas stations. ALL recreational drugs would be taxed and the revenue put into drug harm education and treatment for individuals with dependancy or other drug-related problems.

    We can start from first principles and get it right in a way that we never did with alcohol and cigarettes.

    Comment by Spanky — February 13, 2010 @ 8:16 pm

  17. What nonsense Spanker. A blind parroting of National’s “authoritarian-on-drugs” policy. No regard for what the law society might have said. No regard for the principle that adults are the rightful owners of their own lives – meaning they should be free to injest in their body what they like or alter their minds how they like. Adults can see advertising and resist it.

    Comment by Andrew Bates — February 15, 2010 @ 7:42 am

  18. I cannot believe the LC would work on this for 2 yrs, produce 400 pages and Power dismisses it in 2.4 seconds.

    Indeed — a more experienced Minister would have spent 5-10 seconds pretending the report wasn’t going to be shoved under the wonky leg of the coffee table and promptly ignored as soon as he was alone.

    Comment by Craig Ranapia — February 15, 2010 @ 9:15 am

  19. Instead the chattering inanities of the talkback shows are given more weight by the politicians.

    Beautifully prescient of the Deborah Hill Cone thang going on in today’s post.

    Comment by progger — February 15, 2010 @ 9:43 am

  20. Comment by progger — February 15, 2010 @ 9:43 am

    Timestamp is an hour out for some reason. Currently 10.45 am here in Wellington…

    Comment by progger — February 15, 2010 @ 9:45 am


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