Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Mild Greens Solve Twin Towers Puzzle....

Mild Greens solve Twin Towers Puzzle....Opium Glut from Taleban - time to Regulate

The Mild Greens say the War on Drugs fails all ethical and quality standards, is a gross abuse of international Health Policy, and is well past its used-by date.

International Health Ministers are Meeting in Christchurch, New Zealand to attempt to work out what is wrong with the international health system. The 13CHMM Conference has particular concern about smoking related uptake and health costs - and tobacco control, but also the major issue of AIDS related transmission and treatment is high on the agenda.

Meanwhile, drug enforcement industry leaders are concerned their funding might have to be increased to deal with increased output of opium. It is understood that the Taleban regulated Opium trading on the back of beleaguered Afghans having few other ways of surviving.

Aids is a problem frequently associated with opiate use and other desperate activity occurring beyond the reach of health services and education.

If the world economy was not so grossly distorted by the prohibition, and population groups not so afflicted by systemic inequity and injustice, then the twin towers of global finance may not have been such an attractive target, say the Mild Greens.

"There is an identifiable problem with effective health promotion as it relates to apparently 'inequitable' drug use, unprincipled policy and issues such as cultural and economic peer pressure to break the rules"

"Join the Dots" say the Mild Greens.

Coincidentally the Health Select Committee is holding an inquiry into the exact same thing (Cannabis related Health Strategies and Health Promotion) - and the Smoke Free environments act is due for imminent modification including "herbal smoking products" by January 1 2002.

Meanwhile nurses employed by the Canterbury District Health Board are protesting outside the Christchurch convention center where Health Ministers of the World are gathered. While the nurses are protesting for equitable pay, the actual problem is undervaluing of best practice to alleviate suffering and expenditure - The Global health burden.

The Problem is the international health and law and order systems are in an "unhealthy relationship", say the Mild Greens.

"It's prohibition, You Ning Nongs", said Blair Anderson and Kevin O'Connell. "Fix the weakest link between blatant and insidious health inequity, misappropriation of public funds, and systemic failure."

The UN Millennium Declaration to “open, equitable, rule-based, predictable and non-discriminatory multilateral trading and financial systems” is in disrepute. PROHIBITION IS POLICY FRAUD and the WAR ON DRUGS IS A WAR ON US!

When governments set their health priorities it should be Hospitals not Prisons, say the Mild Greens - and biofuel not fossil fuel, and hempfields not landfills.

Instead, Billions of dollars is being sapped off and laundered in the Policing of corrupt international drug prohibition, the big brother of the so called War on Terror.

World Health Organisation figures in 1996 estimated the Global Illicit Drug Trade at US$400 billion/pa.

"Now drug enforcers, who are also coincidentally "terror enforcers", are warning people of an opium glut - as if they didn't know prohibition is the benefactor of organised crime and terrorist networks"

"Prohibition is a repressive control". Say the Mild Greens, "the perfect mechanism to promote crime, conflict, alienation, fanaticism and dissent and mask it every which way."

The wrong people are being given powers to which they are not entitled, to drop bombs disguised as food parcels, allow a few more million innocent people die, to inappropriately demonise plants and snoop universally stealing the freedom of otherwise law abiding citizens (lest they might not agree with cognitive liberty, mass destruction, bigoted policy or warmongering).

By extrapolating New Zealand cannabis use figures (52% of surveyed New Zealanders), it estimated that approximately 3.2 billion world citizens are complicit in drug related crime - "technically we can largely all be considered War Criminals" said O'Connell and Anderson.

"Time to set the prisoners free..." - say the Mild Greens.

Controlled availability - for example by prescription - is an entirely rational way to deal with certain currently "criminalised" drugs.

"Legalise - de-regulate and control cannabis under minimum provisions of the smokefree Environment's Enhanced Protection". That's the first and foremost ingredient in the recipe for success and harmony, say the Mild Greens. "Here's the Peace Dividend of September 11th - are the Health Ministers of the world wise enough to pick it up???"

There needs to be a new Single Convention: "End the WAR, END GLOBAL CRIMINALISATION POLICY", say the Mild Greens.

cc: Hon. Annette King, Minister of Health. cc: Canturbury District Health Board.

sig. Blair Anderson mailto:blair@technologist.com

Mild Green Media Centre phone ++64 3 389-4065 Web site http://pages.quicksilver.net.nz/blair News forum news://www.reddfish.co.nz/alcp "Blair's Brain on Cannabis" PlainsFM 96.9 every Wed 10:00pm


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Scoop 3.0: How You Can Help Scoop’s Evolution

Entering into its third decade of operation, the Scoop news ecosystem is set to undergo another phase of transformation and evolution.

We have big plans for 2018 as we look to expand our public interest journalism coverage, upgrade our publishing infrastructure and offer even more valuable business tools to commercial users of Scoop. More>>

 
 

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>

ALSO:

Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>

ALSO:

Train Free Thursday: Workers Strike To Defend Terms Of Employment

"They signed up to these conditions a year ago when they got the contract for Wellington's rail services. Now they're trying to increase profits by squeezing frontline workers." More>>

ALSO:

Seclusion: Ombudsman Emphasises Importance Of Monitoring

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says that while there have been changes to the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 to prohibit the use of seclusion, the report is an important reminder of the importance of regular monitoring of schools. More>>

ALSO:

United Future History: "All Good Things Must End"

'We’re extremely proud of what we’ve achieved over the past 15 years, working alongside the government of the day, both National and Labour.' Mr Light told members on Monday. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Outcome, And The Hobbit Law

Somehow the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal has come lurching back from the dead – and as predicted in this column last week, the member countries gathered in Vietnam have announced a deal in broad principle, shunted aside until a later date the stuff on which they don’t agree, and declared victory. More>>

Agreeing To Differ: Greens Maintain Opposition To TPPA
“The Green Party has long opposed the TPPA. The new proposed deal, which came out of the weekend’s talks, still contains key ISDS concessions to corporations that put our democracy at risk, so our position remains the same,” said Green Party trade spokesperson Golriz Ghahraman. More>>

ALSO:

Monitoring Report: A New Chapter For Children’s Rights In New Zealand?

The Children’s Commissioner is calling on the country to embrace children’s rights to ensure their overall well-being. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election