How Cannabis Could be Legalised from Outside Parliament

Two cases of interest to cannabis law reformers were in the New Zealand news today. In both of them, the defendant was given a surprisingly light sentence for cultivation of cannabis. With a maximum penalty of imprisonment for up to 8 years for the charges, the punishments for both cases combined totalled 450 hours of community work and 12 months supervision.

An Open Letter to John Key about Cannabis Law Reform

Dear Rt. Hon John Key,

This letter outlines an argument for liberalising New Zealand's cannabis laws. As you are likely aware, a growing number of New Zealand's allies have taken measures to repeal cannabis prohibition. The economic arguments for following suit in New Zealand are very strong.

The Conservative Argument for Cannabis Law Reform

With conservative governments holding power in Britain, Australia, Canada and New Zealand, and with a conservative majority in the US House of Representatives, the prospects of further cannabis law reform in the Anglosphere may appear grim. This is because cannabis law reform has traditionally been seen as a social justice issue of interest primarily to liberals and progressives.

Why Our Justice System is Fucked

The basis of any justice system is "the punishment fits the crime". This means that the degree of punishment meted out by a judge in a criminal case ought to fit the degree of suffering caused to other beings by the act of the criminal. As this article will show, this concept no longer applies in the New Zealand Justice System (if, indeed, it ever did).

Is the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party Now Polling Over 1%?

Bizarrely, the ALCP is not included in the lastest Roy Morgan poll, despite winning twice as many votes in the 2014 General Election as United Future, who are. Trying to estimate what the ALCP would have polled had they been included suggests somewhere around 1.2-1.3%.

The Biggest Lie Ever Told About Cannabis

The single most monstrous, damaging and ignorant lie ever told about cannabis is that it causes psychosis and mental illness. This has always been one of the primary reasons for cannabis being illegal and the assumption is so deeply ingrained that even experienced cannabis users still believe it.

An Open Letter to Andrew Little about Cannabis Law Reform

Dear Hon. Andrew Little,

I am writing to you to share my misgivings about New Zealand's current cannabis laws, and to ascertain whether a Labour-led Government from 2017 would do something to help those Kiwis currently suffering under those same laws. I am one of a large and silent number of New Zealanders who passionately believe that our cannabis laws are outdated and need to be repealed.

Cannabis Prohibition is Fueled by Hatred

There's more than one ugly side to cannabis prohibition. Aside from the damage it does, there's the foul impulses that motivate it - the ignorance, self-righteousness and stupidity of prohibitionists is well known. This article looks at perhaps the ugliest of all emotions powering the Drug War: hatred.

Why 50 Over Cricket Will Never Die

The theory behind T20 cricket is simple. Wickets and boundaries are exciting, therefore manipulating the laws of cricket to produce more of them will create a package that is more exciting per minute of game time watched. Some have predicted that the advent of T20 cricket is the death knell of the 50 over game. This article argues otherwise.

The Case for Compensating Victims of Cannabis Prohibition

Awareness is continuing to grow that cannabis prohibition is not merely a bad law, but an actual human rights abuse. The fact that we still imprison people for growing medicinal plants stands as one of the most appalling continued acts of violent ignorance in the world. This article examines the case for monetary compensation for people mistreated by the law in the past.

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