The advantages of following Canada’s Cannabis example: Part Two

Whilst debate continues on all aspects of the topic of legal cannabis in New Zealand, too often the topic is centred on the extremist examples of worst-case scenario possibilities. Rarely are the benefits and downstream possibilities ever discussed or explored. This ultimately results in only about half of the total equation ever being discussed in any meaningful public debate.

In part two of this post,  I explore some more of the phenomenal possibilities available for the taking should one day a New Zealand government be progressive enough to create opportunity.

Overnight, provincial housing and land prices would increase, as would their rates tax take each year to the local government. Main centres would empty as more and more young families opt for a farming lifestyle and self-employed income away from the bustling cities, crawling traffic and Labour and Twyford’s overpriced, unaffordable “affordable first home buyer” slum apartments – which, as it turns out, only doctors and business executive couples can afford. That is, if you’re lucky enough to win the opportunity to ask if you may buy one please.

Housing demand and price increases in main centres would flatten off considerably. The Winston-led Labour coalition then wouldn’t need to try and fit 1,500 refugees into 18 Kiwibuild homes …and all ahead of the estimated 40,000 homeless we already have that Jacinda still hasn’t done anything for.

As small Pacific nations often adopt or base their own sovereign laws upon ours and that of Australia’s also, logic dictates they would also closely follow and legalise weed too. Which very quickly would make them entirely self-sufficient and not needing any aid monies.
Estranged families could return to their Pacific paradise homelands for meaningful, well-paid employment and business opportunities such a medicinal industry would be created in countries having such ideal growing conditions. And all easily taxed and collected too…

The welfare burden on NZ and Australia of aid given to these small countries would no longer exist. These countries could be completely self-reliant and with such full employment, they’d become middle-class very quickly and probably need to bring in Bangladeshi housekeepers and cleaners…

As well as reallocating scarce police and judicial resources to things that matter, demand for dangerous synthetic cannabis would just die overnight… There wouldn’t be the need or any market for it.

Pot tourism is huge worldwide; it’s a multi-billion dollar industry. It would be here too, especially with Kiwis’ ability to innovate tourism offerings. Think, not so much the typical total stoner from the 70’s, but rather the connoisseur paying serious money for quality and quality experiences. Potyard guided tours will be as big as vineyard guided tours. Private resort v backpacker hostel… NZ offers and caters to all…

But perhaps the biggest advantage and possibility will be with saving Fonterra. Whilst dramatically increasing dairy farmer payouts, giving the farmers consistency and peace of mind with known payout amounts, whilst producing much-needed organic medicine to the World… Where, even today, global supply just can’t meet demand.

NZ produces something like only 2.4-2.8% of global milk volumes… Which is minuscule on the global scale and is perhaps why dairy farmer pay-outs get buffeted about so much by fickle international ill winds.

Over time, with shifting product emphasis, Fonterra could become a truly global organic medicinal pharmaceutical entity producing medical cannabis butter… instead of being just a small-sized food supplier on the very large global stage.

Becoming a pharmaceutical entity would dramatically increase dairy farmer payouts, give them pay out certainty and peace of mind, as well as gaining significant early-mover advantages in lucrative, embryonic stage global medicinal markets.
Fonterra has the technology, the supply chain and the distribution networks to quickly and easily make it work… If only for some legislation… and a bit of imagination…

The social benefits of legalising cannabis will be significant too. Thousands of families will opt for better lifestyle… And will be able to sustain it and be self-employed. Rural communities will prosper and thrive. Pressure on main-centre infrastructure and housing will significantly reduce, whilst boosting provincial worth and value. (Violence stats will likely reduce also… With a corresponding increase in bakeries everywhere… Thereby also eliminating child poverty.)

Yet, by far, the greatest benefits will be in defeating the restrictions on our sovereign freedoms and the blatant hypocrisy of legalised man-made poisons – tobacco with added chemicals called cigarettes… and the harmful killer that is alcohol. Whilst, in contrast, the personal and community benefits of natural, organic cannabis medicine and recreation is kept illegal, inflicting needless pain and suffering on those needing it most, persecuting them through costly mental health and legal tangles with the State. An adult in 2018 should be able to grow their own medicinal or recreational pot in their own backyard just like it’s a weed… or parsley.

 

by Blokeintakapuna


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