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So going on the same theory the drug testing tent will be erected next door to the festering penis checking tent which is next door to the pregnancy testing tent. If kindness is checking to make sure your illegal drugs are OK then surly it's also going to go hard against 2 other very significant social worries that come from big festivals, STD's and teenage pregnancy.

Somehow I don't think drippy dick and Rangi knocking up some pissed 14yo is sexy enough to gain world media attention so it's unlikely to happen.

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No vote here . Never touched the stuff. Don't care if you do . Rum in vast quantities though . I wouldn't vote to legalise rum either if it wasn't already legal. You don't unleash things on the public

If someone has a problem with drugs ( or alcohol or gambling......) they belong in the health system  ot jail.

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4 hours ago, KM... said:

So going on the same theory the drug testing tent will be erected next door to the festering penis checking tent which is next door to the pregnancy testing tent. If kindness is checking to make sure your illegal drugs are OK then surly it's also going to go hard against 2 other very significant social worries that come from big festivals, STD's and teenage pregnancy.

Somehow I don't think drippy dick and Rangi knocking up some pissed 14yo is sexy enough to gain world media attention so it's unlikely to happen.

Drug quality testing has been an issue for a long, long time. Its just been below the radar, thats all. It does get a bit boring when you criticise something that is basically a good idea, just because the world media pick up on it and also think its a good idea. It was topical straight after the weed referendum. I didn't see any political grandstanding, just some progressive thinking, which it would appear is likely to upset the socially conservative set.

PS, I wasn't aware that drippy dick and teenage pregancies were an issue associated with music festivals? Perhaps if you gave them clean E they'd just dance and hug each all night, and not feel the animal urge to fornicate? Some drugs are safer than alcohol in that regard ;-)

 

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An interesting summation I thought.

For those here, those many here, with sh*t house comprehension skills please read the line in RED following this well. As I know you struggle with even the most basic of words too often the bit in red below means I DID NOT WRITE IT.

 

By Bob McCoskrie of Family First:

Despite starting the campaign with a 36-point lead two years ago (according to Horizon Polling), the YES campaign lost the cannabis debate by 2.3 points (an incredible 38-point turnaround).

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This was despite an avalanche of favourable media support which even experienced broadcasters observed as very bias – (“the prominence of the pro-campaigners in mainstream media, the lack of balance”, and “The media in general has featured, to my eye, favourable coverage of why we should be legalising the stuff, as opposed to why we shouldn’t”).

There was also a strong campaign by the Electoral Commission to enrol young voters using the enticement of being able to vote in the dope referendum – a group of voters more likely to vote yes.

And there were accusations of bias by the government. In a paper in the NZ Medical Journal, the academics described the claims in the government pamphlet delivered to all voters as “inflated”, “unrealistic”, and “unlikely to be achievable”.  The BERL report – which the government tried to hide – revealed that pot shops will be as noticeable in number as fast food outlets, and that usage will increase by almost 30%. And government advice – which the government also tried to hide and was forced to release by the Ombudsman – said that “there would almost certainly be unintended and unanticipated consequences of legalising cannabis for personal use”, and that “there is insufficient data to understand the medium- to long-term impacts”

So, with all the inertia behind the YES campaign, why did they still so spectacularly fail?

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  • the attempt to legalise smoking cannabis directly contradicted the successful SmokeFree2025 messaging and campaigning
  • the YES campaign supporters tried to bring alcohol into the debate, but that actually reinforced the concerns people had about big corporates exploiting communities for profit and addiction, not health 
  • neutral voters who tried to engage with YES voters on Facebook were treated like imbeciles and dismissed 
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  • YES voters trolled the NO campaign pages but, through their commenting style, actually reinforced the perception that cannabis use was not good for the intellect! Threats made against the NO campaign also didn’t help.
  • The Patrick Gower documentaries and the movie “Toke” (conveniently timed to air just before the referendum) simply reinforced stereotypes of an unrelatable subculture which turned middle New Zealanders off.

The one thing the YES campaign did get right? 

They used medicinal marijuana as a smokescreen – which fooled a lot of people into voting yes. Exit polling showed that 60% of Yes voters voted in order to make cannabis available for medicinal purposes such as pain relief. This is despite the fact that medicinal cannabis has already been legalised, and the Government clearly spelt out on the official referendum website that “Medicinal cannabis is not included in the proposed law that will be voted on in the referendum.” The silence by the media and YES campaigners around the private members bill of Dr Shane Reti which was drawn just before the election confirms that the YES campaign was keen to use the medicinal aspect to increase the yes vote.

But overall, the YES campaign still blew it.

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2 hours ago, KM... said:

An interesting summation I thought.

 

Interesting.

Not necessarily correct, but interesting.

For a start (and only as a start), the question posed in the poll 3 years ago was entirely different to the actual facts being voted on in the referendum.  "Should it be legal to puff away in private?"  is a different question to "Should dope be allowed to be used and be sold, potentially from a shop at the end of your street as your kids walk past?".

Bob, as usual, over-reaches and claims insight based on his personal pov.  Each of his points is arguably correct in some small way and by the same token, not actually the reasons.

It was very close.  Its time will come.

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On 6/11/2020 at 7:33 PM, aardvarkash10 said:

Interesting.

Not necessarily correct, but interesting.

Yeap but well written and has some merit.

On 6/11/2020 at 7:33 PM, aardvarkash10 said:

For a start (and only as a start), the question posed in the poll 3 years ago was entirely different to the actual facts being voted on in the referendum.

Yeap again, I think that was a big input to the result, a lack of understanding exactly what the vote was about. I see exit surveys show a huge % of under 30's, plus a good % of everyone else, thought they were voting Yes or No to allowing medical use, which has been legal for a while already, not a bill about recreational. That's bizarre considering it was Chloe pushing the thing.

Bob is a bit of a battler isn't he. Sure at times he's WTF? but over all I think he is doing a OK job considering NZ's small minorities spectacular ability to stop the conversations we desperately need to have if society is to go forward without escalating sh*t fights. At least he's trying, which is more than can be said for the vocal shout downers.

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will we slowly follow the usa 

in the death of democracy?

don't like a result?

lawyer up

head to court to try and over-turn an 'unfair' election result 

then dress yourself as a patriot doing it for the 'people'

https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/legal-bid-underway-dismiss-cannabis-referendum-result

in maybe 20? years will the 49% who still adore a 'personality' politician create the issues here,

that they have in the usa when 'the chosen one' 

is no longer chosen?

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