Re-legalisation is urgent

LETTER

Deane Smart’s letter in The Gisborne Herald of June 6 denigrating the NZ Drug Foundation demonstrates to us a complete lack of understanding of the problems that have been caused as a direct result of prohibition.

The one thing we would agree on is that there does not need to be a referendum, as we believe we should not be waiting for the re-legalisation of cannabis. With children having 100-plus fits a day, adults suffering from glaucoma which leads eventually to blindness for some, others suffering from cancer and the side-effects of chemotherapy, others with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s unable to lead normal lives, yet others suffering from addictions to legal pharmaceutical drugs as well as illegal drugs such as P, all of which have been listed in the US patent as either being curable or the symptoms able to be alleviated with cannabis, we believe suffering New Zealanders should be able to access this wonderful plant.

There is evidence that not just CBD but the whole organic raw plant, including THCA, with its 500-plus components, may be helpful for so many conditions, and we have the human right to try to regain a quality of life.

We all know our bodies react differently to different foods, and cannabis is, by definition, a food. However, nobody has died from cannabis, whereas modern medications have their casualties – refer to the warning labels.

Deane needs to get over his hysteria from decades of propaganda and read the studies. Suggested reading is “Drugs are not the devil’s tools” by Dr David Bearman and “Chasing the Scream” by Johann Hari.

Beverley Aldridge/Kathleen Pattinson, Seniors’ Voice, Otamatea

Deane Smart’s letter in The Gisborne Herald of June 6 denigrating the NZ Drug Foundation demonstrates to us a complete lack of understanding of the problems that have been caused as a direct result of prohibition.

The one thing we would agree on is that there does not need to be a referendum, as we believe we should not be waiting for the re-legalisation of cannabis. With children having 100-plus fits a day, adults suffering from glaucoma which leads eventually to blindness for some, others suffering from cancer and the side-effects of chemotherapy, others with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s unable to lead normal lives, yet others suffering from addictions to legal pharmaceutical drugs as well as illegal drugs such as P, all of which have been listed in the US patent as either being curable or the symptoms able to be alleviated with cannabis, we believe suffering New Zealanders should be able to access this wonderful plant.

There is evidence that not just CBD but the whole organic raw plant, including THCA, with its 500-plus components, may be helpful for so many conditions, and we have the human right to try to regain a quality of life.

We all know our bodies react differently to different foods, and cannabis is, by definition, a food. However, nobody has died from cannabis, whereas modern medications have their casualties – refer to the warning labels.

Deane needs to get over his hysteria from decades of propaganda and read the studies. Suggested reading is “Drugs are not the devil’s tools” by Dr David Bearman and “Chasing the Scream” by Johann Hari.

Beverley Aldridge/Kathleen Pattinson, Seniors’ Voice, Otamatea

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John Fricker - 2 months ago
The Road to Hell is paved with good intentions.

A Daily Reader - 2 months ago
Beverley/Kathleen, cannabis being made available for ill people is totally different from legalising it for the masses.
I don't think anyone begrudges a very sick person using it to help with pain if they want to, but there are huge mental health issues alongside recreational use of it. We are already struggling to deal with these problems in our society now. People die because of their mental health struggles all the time, families suffer, it is not a safe drug. I for one don't want my kids being told it's OK by our government or anyone else.

Martin Hanson, Nelson - 2 months ago
I haven't done a great deal of research into the effects of cannabis, but then I don't need to, for the simple reason is that the law is being used as an expression of disapproval, rather than a means of changing behaviour. In the latter respect, the laws against drugs have been a spectacular failure. If our politicians really believed they worked, they would have banned tobacco decades ago; tobacco does far more damage to health than even the most vocal opponents of cannabis re-legalisation would claim.

Beverley Aldridge - 2 months ago
We completely agree with John Fricker - "the road to hell is paved with good intentions". We, the people, have been in hell because of the misguided belief that prohibition of cannabis will stop the use of cannabis. Prohibition has succeeded in driving cannabis use underground, driving a "justice" system that has incarcerated those who would use cannabis, the arguable misuse of police resources, and a prison and legal industry. We are reminded that prohibition of alcohol in the US created a terrible criminal gang society, and only lasted a few years because of the problems it caused.

We agree also that cannabis must be available for the sick. Unfortunately, suggesting it be supplied only by pharmaceutical companies will make it as available as the cancer drugs which are unable to be supplied by Pharmac because of the exorbitant drug prices. Our Government has already legalised cannabis produced by pharmaceutical companies for some health issues, but most people are not able to afford it and continue to suffer or die needlessly.

We believe in putting families first, allowing them to grow their own medicine for conditions such as children who suffer 100-plus fits per day, where families can be destroyed by lack of sleep, lack of social interaction because their child needs constant care, and siblings missing out on parents? time.

Those who suffer from mental health issues right now have the option of anti-depressants which, if you read the packaging inserts, may have terrible side-effects. Painkillers such as opioids and fentanyl, are responsible for many deaths and are addictive. Cannabis is used as an exit drug from these addictions.

Your kids are not being told it is okay by our Government. Government proposes to limit the minimum age to 20. Most kids will experiment. It goes with the territory of their wanting to experience life. Your concern should be that, if they choose to experiment, it will not be with synthetic drugs, which will fry their brains or kill them ? 80 deaths so far.

So, I will raise my glass of wine to you, John and anonymous Daily Reader, whilst you will obviously raise your cup of tea, because you would not want to be a terrible example for your kids and drink alcohol, which makes many people violent and can cause the foetal alcohol problems from which our society is suffering right now.

Beverley Aldridge/Kathleen Pattinson
Seniors? Voice, Otamatea

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