Things went very sharply downhill from there with proposals for drinking licences, marijuana licences, and sex licences to encourage personal responsibility.
And, at the 23 minute mark, she started talking about how, when she was a bus driver long ago, she often was stoned
I would have thought that:
- the cannabis reform movement could field better advocates
- Candidates for local councils who advocate driving while stoned would have a hard time being elected. I guess I don't know much about Waimate.****
Legalise marijuana, regulate it like alcohol and tobacco, set an excise tax to keep the selling price to consumers equal to that currently paid by consumers. If the policy goal is demand reduction, excise is a less harmful means to that end than is prohibition. And maintain criminal penalties for driving while stoned out of your mind. Is it really that hard to say that 25 second bit without descending into madness?
* Who my kids love as narrator on "The Adventures of Massey Ferguson"; we've bought both DVD box sets. You should too, especially if you're not from NZ and want a slice of awesome NZ programming for the under-4 set.
** we can't let big business grow it or let big tobacco muscle in, maybe Councils could grow it, etc
*** At one point she argued everybody should smoke it; I'm happy to believe it really helps with some medical conditions, but I'd be a bit reluctant to say it's great for everybody.
**** A colleague, originally hailing from Waimate, writes: "Everyone from Waimate has a bus story. Our bus driver stole the bus one morning and headed South. Made it as far as Invercargill I think. I was waiting at the bus stop for a while...."