Paul Little is a normally a gutless, liberal elite whinger who has very little to say that is meaningful.
Today in A Newspaper on Sunday he has a column about our dopey weed laws.
Don’t hesitate to medicate,” call the spruikers in their white coats on Hollywood Boulevard and Venice Beach, California, where doctors licensed to prescribe medical marijuana do a brisk trade. Walk-ins merely have to turn up and describe some vague pain or high level of stress to bag their weed.
The rest of the world seems to be trying to ignore it, but slowly and surely the United States of America, until recently leading the charge in the war on drugs, is legalising marijuana possession. Twenty states, from Alaska to Vermont, have already decriminalised adult cultivation and use of cannabis.
The ‘War on Drugs’ has failed, prohibition has never worked anywhere.
If Kaikohe businesswoman, community leader and mother Kelly van Gaalen knows about this, I’m sure she would have had a wry chuckle to herself about the irony of it all as she was taken away to begin her two-year sentence for possession of cannabis for supply, imposed on her by Judge John McDonald last month.
Meanwhile, back in the US, guess what hasn’t fallen in? That’s right – the sky.
According to the US National Organisation for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, for most states decriminalisation means “no arrest, prison time or criminal record for the first-time possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal consumption. In most decriminalised states, these offences are treated like a minor traffic violation.” Read more »