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


*Pot prohibition promotes 'dog-eat-dog' values*

Media Release 19 October 2008

Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party

*Pot prohibition promotes 'dog-eat-dog' values*

Scientists miss key 'factor' : It's a no-brainer ! Another expensive research study finds alcohol and other drug abuse under the age of 15 probably contributes directly to subsequent health and social problems.

The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party also says it is bizarre that the research, published internationally and conducted on data from the multidisciplinary study at Otago university, appears to omit consideration of a prohibition environment as a factor in youth damage, alienation and deviancy.

"Are the researchers not factoring in the social cost and effect of cannabis prohibition?" says party president Kevin O'Connell. "There is also a 100% correlation of 'criminality outcomes' because of the criminalisation of widespread cannabis use. Why is it news that there are bad behavioural outcomes observed? It is disturbing to me as a science graduate, that experts in statistical analysis can completely pretend that a repressive social context is not in any way relevant to observed social outcomes."

The ALCP say the social and health context surrounding intoxicant use in NZ is riddled with hypocrisy, dysfunctional 'prevention' as well as extreme public double standards (eg. alcohol/tobacco vs cannabis). This context creates a disrespectful and toxic environment for young New Zealanders, particularly those exposed to alcohol and other drug abuse at an early age.

It is our view that cannabis prohibition and criminalisation promotes 'dog-eat-dog' values, staunch anti-social behaviour - grow your underclass! - and is a key factor in many young people growing up confused and their lifetime health and social outcomes turning out badly.

Prohibition has made alcohol and other drug use 'cool' and normal among young Kiwis. The longitudinal Dunedin cohort study has famously found that 70-80% of teenagers are experimenting with cannabis. The prohibitionist deterrent protects nobody.

Unfortunately the 'general public' support our mainstream media in NZ having this prurient interest in prohibition. It creates never-ending crime stories and, although it covers erroneous researchers, any other dissenting comment - no matter how valid - is left out of the picture.

The ALCP say NZ cannabis research academics are letting the real criminals get off scot free.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Why New Zealand Needs To Change Its Defence Habits

In a flashback to the military displays of days gone by, one of our frigates recently joined a Carrier Strike show of force in the South China Sea, en route to a joint military exercise in Singapore with our traditional allies, called BersamaGold21. Reportedly, Anna Powles, from the Centre of Defence and Security Studies at Massey University felt this to be a case of us doing our bit to uphold international law, and the right of free transit through the region in question... More>>

Government: New COVID-19 Protection Framework Delivers Greater Freedoms For Vaccinated New Zealanders

Vaccinated New Zealanders will regain everyday freedoms when the country moves to a new simplified COVID-19 Protection Framework that doesn’t rely on nationwide lockdowns as the main measure to stop the virus spreading. In a suite of announcements that establish a pathway out of restrictions the Government is also providing up to $940 million per fortnight to support businesses through the challenging period... More>>



Government: Responds To Independent Review Into WorkSafe

The Government has clear expectations that WorkSafe must action the recommendations of the independent review into the regulator to improve its management of adventure activities following the tragedy at Whakaari White Island, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood says... More>>

Government: New Zealand Secures Historic Free Trade Deal With The United Kingdom
New Zealand and the United Kingdom have agreed in principle the details of a historic Free Trade Agreement (FTA), which will further accelerate our COVID-19 economic recovery say Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister for Trade and Export Growth Damien O’Connor... More>>


Ombudsman: Launches Investigation Into MIQ Booking System
The Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier is launching a broad investigation into the Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ) booking system after receiving hundreds of complaints... More>>


Pay Cheque To Pay Cheque: Half A Million New Zealanders Have No Savings
New findings from the Consumer NZ sentiment tracker found that 15% of New Zealanders had no savings, and a further 27% were anxious about their level of savings and would like to have more tucked away... More>>

Government: Mandatory Vaccination For Two Workforces

Large parts of two workforces critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19 will be required to be vaccinated, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “Our education and health and disability workforces have done an incredible job throughout this pandemic to keep themselves and people safe,” Chris Hipkins said.... More>>

Green Party: Deeply Concerned Space Launches May Be Breaching Nuclear-free Laws

The Green Party is deeply concerned that space launches by Rocket Lab may be breaching nuclear-free laws, given our long-standing position as a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty... More>>




InfoPages News Channels