Lindsay Perigo
Lindsay Perigo

The Politically Incorrect Show - 12/10/2000

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Good afternoon, Kaya Oraaa & welcome to the Politically Incorrect Show on the free speech network, Radio Pacific, for Thursday October 12, proudly sponsored by Neanderton Nicotine Ltd., the show that says bugger the politicians & bureaucrats & all the other bossyboot busybodies who try to run our lives with our money; that stands tall for free enterprise, achievement, profit, & excellence, against the state-worshippers in our midst; that stands above all for the most sacred thing in the universe, the liberty of the human individual.

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Tuesday saw the 25th anniversary of the passing of the Misuse of Drugs Act, the legislation under which, among other things, people are prosecuted for use, possession or distribution of marijuana, as Nanny State dictates what we may & may not put in our own bodies & the police waste their time & our money enforcing that dictate. There were two egregious examples in yesterday's news. One was the prosecution of an enterprising 73-year-old pensioner from Tauranga who used money from the sale of cannabis he had cultivated to concrete his driveway & plant some fruit trees. The judge in this instance must have had a modicum of decency & common sense, because he suspended the man's jail sentence. The other example was the story saying that "Police have no sympathy for those who say they are suffering side-effects from cannabis which has been sprayed by police with blue dye & weed-killer. Pro-marijuana group NORML says smokers are suffering from headaches & lung infections. Cannabis Eradication Programme head Detective-Sergeant Don Lee says if it's blue, people should realise they shouldn't be smoking it."

And on this evil persecution goes, of people who have imposed nothing on anyone, day after day. I quote from NORML's press release on Tuesday:

"The emphasis on law enforcement has seen New Zealand emerge with the world's highest cannabis arrest rate. Over the course of the past twenty-five years, the New Zealand police have worked hard to secure 212,596 cannabis convictions against 133,735 people. Last year alone, the police made sure 6746 more people were made cannabis criminals. Over two-thirds of all cannabis convictions have been for using, possessing or growing small amounts. Most of these people are otherwise law-abiding, decent, hard working ordinary people. They are your brothers and sisters, your mothers and fathers, your children, neighbours, friends and co-workers. They should not be criminals.

"Alcohol prohibition showed that the main effect of prohibiting a widely-used substance was to create huge underground operations that can beat the police because they have more money, more people and bigger guns. A peek around suburban streets tells a similar story; that cannabis is more available than pizza, let alone beer."

The current government is holding yet another inquiry into the cannabis laws. This is the same government that commissioned a pair of state tit-suckers to trump up some figures about deaths from "passive" cigarette smoking, that now wants to ban tobacco from all "public" places, & whose pin-up girl, Trish Fraser from ASH, is bemoaning the fact that it's not yet possible to ban it in private homes. What reason is there to expect a reasonable outcome from this latest cannabis inquiry?

Personally I have no use for marijuana. Several of my friends do. The idea that they can legitimately be branded & treated as criminals is preposterous on its face. The real criminals in this equation are the politicians who claim control over OUR bodies. We should blow smoke all over them - & hope like hell that there is some truth to that "passive smoking" nonsense after all.

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