Canvassing for Opinion - aka "Blairs Brain on Cannabis"

IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Important Submission:GreenCross


While medpot alone doesn't do justice to the argument for "Class D" classification of cannabis, it does raise crucial issues of availability of cannabinoid therapy options and despite those who believe cannabis is somehow evil, epidemiological research on phytocannabinoid prevention and protection complete with all its recreational, physiological and spiritual merits.

I just don't believe licensing will fly. It has too many ramifications. I don't need permission to have a beer and I am not likely to want a license to do what I and 15% of Kiwi consumers do now.... Licensing has ethical, privacy, economic, administrative and other downsides that it just ain't worth it to satisfy the moral imbued, the politically stupid or those who seriously believe cannabis IS BEST treated as if it as dangerous as alcohol.

The Ministry of Health has made it clear this is not a first principals review, which makes it no review at all, but big ups to GreenCross for making the effort.  So too should we all.

visit http://www.greencross.org.nz/important-drug-policy-submissions/

/Blair Anderson, 021823647, 03 3894065
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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Cunliffe sells a blinder! Ignores his constituency. Bugger!

Labour Policy Remit on Cannabis Law


(Adopted at Labours Annual Conference 1998)


That Labour undertakes a Commission of Inquiry into the laws pertaining to the growth, possession and consumption of marijuana. 
The Commission of Inquiry should look at the criminal, social and economic consequences of such growth, possession and consumption of marijuana. It should also take into account overseas experiences.



see 
Labour has no intention of backing Greens' cannabis policy.
David CunliffeLabour Leader

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/adam-bennett/news/article.cfm?a_id=263&objectid=11192728

The above 'remit' is from the floor of the annual Labour Party Conference and is the full txt of a fax (yes, a real bit of paper) addressed  to Blair Anderson under parliamentary letterhead from Labour Member of Parliament for Christchurch Central, Tim Barnett.
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Davos Break through for Civil Society or Ticket for Ms Clark to Top Job?

“I believe that drugs have destroyed many people. But governmental policy has destroyed many more.”  “Do we have the courage to change it?”  -  Kofi Annan, Chairman, Kofi Annan Foundation, Switzerland, and Secretary-General, United Nations (1997-2006),  /  DAVOS 2014

DAVOS-KLOSTERS/SWITZERLAND, 30JAN09 - Kofi Ann...
DAVOS-KLOSTERS/SWITZERLAND, 30JAN09 - Kofi Annan, Secretary-General, United Nations (1997-2006); Member of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum; Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2009, captured during the session 'Fresh Solutions for Food Security' at the Annual Meeting 2009 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 30, 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



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Blair Anderson http://mildgreens.blogspot.com
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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Cannabinoid Protects Against Alcohol-Induced Liver Damage

Mechanism leading to hepatic steatosis
Mechanism leading to hepatic steatosis (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Non-Psychoactive Cannabinoid Protects Against Alcohol-Induced Liver Damage
China - The administration of the non-psychotropic cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD) protects the liver from damage caused by alcohol consumption, according to preclinical data published online in the journal Free Radical Biology and Medicine. Investigators from China and the US assessed whether cannabidiol administration can protect against alcohol-induced steatosis (excessive fat build up in the liver).

They reported, "Cannabidiol protects mouse liver from acute alcohol-induced steatosis through multiple mechanisms including attenuation of alcohol-mediated oxidative stress ... and increasing autophagy (degradation of dysfunctional cells)." Separate investigations of CBD, primarily in animal models, have documented the cannabinoid to possess a variety of therapeutic qualities, including anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, anti-epileptic, anti-cancer, anti-psychotic, and bone-stimulating properties. Human trials assessing the administration of CBD in healthy subjects report the compound to be "safe and well-tolerated."

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Blair Anderson 
Social Ecologist 'at large'
Christchurch, New Zealand
ph nz  (643) 389 4065   nz cell 027 265 7219
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