Friday, August 05, 2005

Minor parties - The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party

The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party
"We believe adults have the right to freedom of choice unless that choice harms other people or our planet."

Sigh... the contradictions of the left anarchist.
The problem of course lies in what we define as "harm" and what is a legitimate group that can be harmed. The pure form of "freedom of choice (from government) is far right anarchy. Is smoking a drug going to hurt my children?
At least the libiterianz can say that property rights or "freedom from" is primarily - the left gets issues in regard to exactly where they stop being far right and switch back to being far left.

Having said that they have a good point in that it is very costly to fight a drug war against cannabis where you throw otherwise law abiding citizens in jail and you can’t win the battle since you only catch a tiny fraction of people doing the crime so no one feels significantly scared of being caught. Laws should be enforced if they are not they just create disrespect for the law. Therefore as a pragmatist I am wiling to seriously consider legalizing cannabis and look at Netherlands and the good and bad effects there – although I am also aware of the counter argument along the lines of “you can’t stop child abuse but that doesn’t mean you don’t try to fight it”.


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