Yes, there’s man-made Cannabis-based medicine already available in NZ. However at $1000/month coupled with more hoops and rings to jump through than an Olympic gymnast just to be “approved” – by a non-medically trained politician – is just the sort of thing only politicians could dream up. Terminally / chronically ill individuals could have all the cost, angst, time, effort, criminal associations and worry eliminated – simply by growing their own medicine on their own property along with their parsley… like mankind throughout the World has done for Eons since time began.
If business owners & Company Directors are held responsible and liable for the wellbeing of staff and anyone on their property / premises under OSH laws, including for things like stress and bullying. Should politicians also be held accountable for the stress and angst their wilful hypocrisy inflicts on terminally and chronically ill people in their hour of most need, when politicians choose to leave laws in place that are tantamount to State-Sponsored bullying of terminally and chronically ill people – all for growing their own herbal medicine? Denying a preferred, organic medicine to a chronically or terminally ill person who could grow it themselves, must surely be considered, inadvertent State-sponsored bullying under OSH laws? Or more perversely, is it tantamount to the Government of the day assisting/sheltering organised crime with their income streams as politicians choose to maintain the status quo?
The public see/witness/experience this political hypocrisy and firstly lose all respect for politicians whose actions deliberately inflicts such bullying on the most vulnerable. Then secondly, they give them and those “laws” the big middle finger salute that goes against Eons of use by mankind of this God-given herbal medicine… and plain old common sense.
Outside the Beltway, everyday people are constantly perplexed at how politicians can create the environment for organised crime to flourish, because they choose to stop granny from growing her own medicine in her own garden. Then the polly’s wonder why they get so little respect by the public. Levels of respect similar to that of the lofty heights of a journalist or Editor at a shabby little tabloid… Go figure eh!
A pragmatic, practical political party that seriously looked at legalisation, would erode and completely eviscerate support from the Green Party, leaving Labour with an even bigger Green election anchor instead of the Green Life preserver they’d hoped and prayed for. Although, it would still make NZ 1st leader of the opposition – just quicker – with Winston 1st still Kingmaker though.
Since Labour and Little stole Winston’s dog-whistle, he should steal “Legalise it” from the Greens and make himself leader of the opposition sooner… and get himself a little lapdog in the process… as is the King’s prerogative.
Organic medicine will be the new Gold Rush this Century… and NZ could secure early-mover, Global advantages – all for want of visionary legislators to achieve all these benefits for NZ Inc.