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Is drug legalisation worse than the status quo?

first_imgStuff co.nz 15 March 2019Family First Comment:  Excellent article. A reality check! “Gangs will continue to supply 24/7 home delivery tax-free with free samples of harder drugs. But it will be worse than that. Replacing the war on drugs with a war on marijuana tax cheats will mean gangs will continue to supply most of the market tax-free, including to teenagers with offers of harder drugs but the police will have less incentive to chase down what is now a grey market rather than a black market. Do not underestimate the entrepreneurial ingenuity of criminals.”#PeopleBeforeProfitsOPINION: Never let a bunch of anti-capitalists design a legal market for cannabis.Their consuming hatred of Big Marijuana and the profit motive would create such an ineffectual legal market that the gangs will still supply most of the marijuana along with offers of free samples of harder drugs that even voters will work out how awful the legal model is and vote it down at the coming referendum.The Greens and the Drug Foundation not only want to decriminalise marijuana, they want to legalise it with government controls on who can supply,  and checks on quality. They seem to want to limit access to social supply and consumer co-ops so that Big Marijuana is kept out of the market. No for-profit supply seems to be their ideal.The Greens seem to want to imitate the monumental screwup in Canada. Not only did Canada forget to legalise production before supply, so they ran out of inventory within a week, but each province decided for itself how marijuana was to be legally sold.One province chose a government monopoly. Others allowed private retailers but they had to have a clean record and pay tens of thousands of dollars in annual registration fees.Most of the current marijuana dealers in Canada did not qualify and already had an established network of customers so they stayed in business offering tax-free marijuana. American states also continue to have black markets in marijuana.What the Greens will set up is a legal supply that is hopeless at competing with existing gang suppliers. The legal shops will be so far away from schools and other sensitive locations, open 9-to-5 in a remote warehouse district, paying a living wage that they will end up asking for a bailout from Shane Jones’ Regional Growth Fund because they attracted so few customers.Gangs will continue to supply 24/7 home delivery tax-free with free samples of harder drugs. But it will be worse than that.Replacing the war on drugs with a war on marijuana tax cheats will mean gangs will continue to supply most of the market tax-free, including to teenagers with offers of harder drugs but the police will have less incentive to chase down what is now a grey market rather than a black market.Do not underestimate the entrepreneurial ingenuity of criminals. Some UN bureaucrats had a cunning plan; occasionally hold a lawful sale of previously confiscated ivory to collapse the price of poached ivory and drive the poachers out of business.Elephant poaching soared because criminals worked out that they could pass off their illegal ivory as legally acquired and sell it to people who otherwise would not buy it, much less show it off to their friends because it was illegally obtained. A large market in counterfeit legal ivory developed in China and other places off the back of an earnest attempt to collapse the price of illegal ivory.I’m a recovering libertarian. I support decriminalisation because if adults want to get high, more fool them as long as they do not harm others. But I know that argument will never sell at a referendum.The reason dope-smoking-on-Saturday-night successful middle-class parents oppose decriminalisation is that when they are feuding with their kids over bad grades, they still want to tell them that marijuana is illegal. They want that argument in their back pocket because they know that, unlike themselves, more than a few mates drifted off into a cloud of dope at university and failed.They want every possible persuasive tactic available to them to stop their kids going the same way.The best argument for decriminalisation that will work at a referendum is that it pushes gangs out of the supply chain so kids will not be offered samples of harder drugs. That pragmatic argument and better-quality control could win a majority.Right now, the maximum penalty is three months for possession of marijuana. Three were sent to prison last year for possession of marijuana as their lead offence for their sentencing. Another 15 were sent to prison for possession of harder drugs, which carries a maximum of six months. A good guess is most were gang members on the receiving end of well-deserved police harassment.As the illegal trade is offering samples of harder drugs and supplying teenagers, the rationale for suppressing the illegal trade is stronger. Penalties for illegal supply and even marijuana possession through an illegal supplier might have to increase after legalisation.Colorado quickly found it had to regulate marijuana packaging strictly because little kids thought edible marijuana was a lolly and ended up at the emergency department.If advocates of legalisation want a legal market that drives the gangs out of marijuana supply, the Greens and others on the Left will have to swallow a big dead rat and embrace capitalism.Big Marijuana might end up developing an app that ensures that adults and only adults buy marijuana delivered by Uber Eats. Marijuana legalisation will be full of the unexpected.* Jim Rose blogs at Utopiayouarestandinginit.comhttps://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/111279052/is-drug-legalisation-worse-than-the-status-quoKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Duterte only suffered muscle spasms, advised to rest – Go

first_img“May mga medisina na dapat… At kailangan po magpahinga ang Pangulo.He was advised to rest. Rest, rest kailangantalaga,” said Go. MANILA –President Rodrigo Duterte was advised by his doctors to take a rest in the nextfew days following his motorcycle accident in the grounds of Malañang lastweek, his former aide Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go said. Go added thatafter undergoing an MRI scan early Wednesday morning, doctors found that thePresident experienced muscle spasms when he complained of back pains . In a Facebook live taken by Go on Tuesday evening, President Duterte said that he felt the pain while getting up from bed to brush his teeth during his shortened Japan visit. “Ako na po ang mag a-assure sa inyo, nothing to worry, purely musclespasms po ‘yun at kailangan lang po niyang pahinga ng ating Pangulo,” he added. Go, however,refused to name the hospital where the President was checked President Rodrigo Duterte is seen clutching on a cane while he is in Japan to join world leaders in witnessing the enthronement ceremony for Emperor Naruhito in Tokyo on Tuesday. PCOO “Ang kinabahala namin at first kung tinamaan ang kanyang spine since itwas unbearable pain nga po angnararamdaman niya kahapon. Perosalamat po sa Panginoon at wala naman pong dapat ikabahala at tiningnan talagang doctor habang ginagawa yungMRI,” Go said. Duterte complained of pain in his hips after falling from a motorcycle ride inside the Malacanang Palace last week but insisted that he will continue riding. “Alam mo, about four days ago, sumpemplang ako sa motorcycle. Pag nag mo-motor ka, once or twice sa buhay mo, makatikim ka talaga ng semplang,” President Duterte said. “Lahat ng mga nagmomotor sumesemplang. Kagaya sa akin, ang ano lang, parang hindi ko matiis… ‘Yung sa belt banda, mga three inches medyo masakit talaga,” he added./PNlast_img read more

Kootenays shutout at B.C. Interior Men’s Curling Championships

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsVernon will have some strong representation at the upcoming B.C. Men’s Curling Championship after the Aron Herick and Darin Heath rinks of the Central Okanagan City qualified for the provincial tournament followings wins at the Men’s Interior playdowns Sunday in Kamloops.Herick, third Tobin Senum, second Marc Fillion and lead Jason Wizniak defeated Brent Yamada of the host club 10-7 in the A final to claim the top berth.Meanwhile, Heath doubled former Canadian champ Rick Folk of Kelowna 8-4 to claim the second berth.The Myron Nichol rink, curling out of the Nelson Curling Club, lost three straight to Josh Firman of Creston 10-6, John Pierce of Smithers 11-3 and Folk 6-5.The Nichol rink includes Garry Beaudry, Stew Higgins and Rob Babiarz. Tom Buchy of Kimberley finished with a 3-2 record. Buchy lost to Heath 9-7 in the B semi final.The Rob Ferguson rink of Trail, finishing with a 2-2 record, was also knocked out of the running by Rick Folk 8-1.Defending West Kootenay champ, Fred Thomson rink of Nelson, did not enter the Interior tournament after some of the members of the rink were unable to attend.The rink includes Nelson’s Barry Marsh, Don Freschi of Trail and Rob Nobert of Castlegar.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more