Campbell has an honest conversation in Papakura with some people buying synthetic cannabis and concludes that the main reason they are taking this synthetic stuff is because they want its effects and it’s legal – they can buy it safely from a shop and will have no problems with police.
Were natural cannabis legal in the same way, though, they all agree that they would much prefer to buy and use natural cannabis.
Campbell almost gets to the bottom of why they want the effects of it but not quite – perhaps they are not even sure themselves – one girl says it helps her insomnia so she can get to sleep; two boys say, “You only live once – that’s the motto.”
To me, however, all the reasons given have one thing in common. The thing in common is a sense of anxiety that manifests itself in different ways with each of them and they want something that will take this unwanted feeling away. I think it is noteworthy that the majority of the people interviewed are unemployed. If you believe as I do that every human needs a sense of purpose, then for some, this anxiety felt might be alleviated. For the woman who can’t sleep and who has a baby that she fears would be taken from her if she used cannabis, her anxiety might be related to the father of the child – possibly a lack of support from him or a broken relationship and grief about that. I don’t know but there are as many reasons for anxiety and stress as there are people who experience these things. It is the human condition. And there are natural plants and substances that assist humans with this human condition…were it not for governments making them illegal and thus police interference and threats of charges, court cases, fines and potential imprisonment.
Cannabis is one of these relaxant medicines. There are many other Government-prohibited drugs that are also. Substances that have been scientifically tested in a way that these synthetic substances for sale and legal have not.
If subsection 9(3) of the PSA were deleted, all these controlled drugs could be regulated and sold safely. And with a drug policy like this, which was submitted to the Ministry of Health this year, not only would it enable this, but we would get accurate stats on their consumption and where resources would be best spent to assist people with any health problems they may have and who need help.
The National Party will never bother with this element of our society. Instead of acting with intelligence, love and compassion and thereby providing assistance as one would expect to be the case from anyone who makes this job their chosen vocation after all, they deride and sneer and ignore while they put their MP salaries up another 10%.
Vote wisely this election.