I used to be on the police drug squad. Here’s why I’m voting against legalising cannabis

first_imgStuff co.nz 7 September 2020Family First Comment: Whoops!! – this messes up another argument for legalisation from Chloe, Helen and the Drug Foundation….“The reality of policing the drug world is that police do not actively target end users of drugs, they target the manufacturers and dealers, those who are the main contributors to the harm. This applies especially in the gang-world driven methamphetamine scene, and for MDMA, where MDMA mimics and synthetics have caused deaths in New Zealand and overseas.. Anyone in prison for possession of cannabis or utensils, will be there for  other more serious charges as well, involving offences such as dealing, manufacture, possession of firearms etc. The commentary that people end up in prison for smoking cannabis is misleading, they do not. It is only the dealers.OPINION: I am a former member of a police drug squad, in one of New Zealand’s major cities. I will be voting against legalising cannabis.I agree that for the end users of drugs, where the use of that drug begins to affect a person’s health or mental wellbeing, medical or other intervention is very important, rather than putting that person before the courts.But the reality of policing the drug world is that police do not actively target end users of drugs, they target the manufacturers and dealers, those who are the main contributors to the harm. This applies especially in the gang-world driven methamphetamine scene, and for MDMA, where MDMA mimics and synthetics have caused deaths in New Zealand and overseas.Methamphetamine is well known to cause massive social harm, and with MDMA and mimics, the main problem and danger there is that the end user never knows what is actually in the drug. They have to trust the drug dealer, and who would trust one of them?As far as cannabis is concerned, again, police do not target end users, and despite the social media commentary, I do not know of any end user of cannabis who has ever been imprisoned for simply smoking a joint. That simply does not happen.Anyone in prison for possession of cannabis or utensils, will be there for  other more serious charges as well, involving offences such as dealing, manufacture, possession of firearms etc. The commentary that people end up in prison for smoking cannabis is misleading, they do not.It is only the dealers.The proposed legal purchase of 14 grams of cannabis per day per day is 10-plus joints. Who smokes that much? I’ve only ever encountered a very few, and they were basically permanently stoned.  It is way too much and a major step from decriminalising the possession of a simple joint.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/cannabis-referendum/122683839/i-used-to-be-on-the-police-drug-squad-heres-why-im-voting-against-legalising-cannabislast_img read more

Petrachi confirms interest in Man Utd defender

first_img Promoted ContentThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearNothing Compares To Stargazing Places Around The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoTop 10 Most Populated Cities In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The WorldA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth? Loading… Roma sporting director, Gianluca Petrachi, has admitted that they would like to buy Manchester United defender, Chris Smalling on-loan out-rightly. So impressed is he by the 30-year-old, he hopes Smalling will choose to make his move to Italy a permanent one in the summer. “There is a chance,” Petrachi told the Daily Mail. “The player will choose what to do. If he really wishes, we will be happy to have him with us permanently. “We are very happy with Smalling and he knows it. “With Manchester United, the relationship is excellent, we have an excellent feeling with the club.”Advertisement Petrachi added: “He loves Rome and the Italian lifestyle. “I think it’s obvious how it sounds: it’s finally peaceful. Smalling finds himself very well in Rome, lives well and has returned to great levels. “He follows an Italian course to improve his grasp of the language. This made me very happy because it shows that the boy is intelligent. Read Also:West Ham bid for Roma midfielder Steven Nzonzi “Technically he is very strong. I think it is fundamental for a sporting director to understand how some players can do well. I thought this move could work and I’m happy that the results prove me right.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Lucerne Golf Club Senior Scramble results

first_imgDEDHAM — Results from Monday’s Lucerne Golf Club Senior Scramble results are listed below:Ralph Alley, Mike Dore, Tom Winston (-5). Ben Birch, Jim Awalt, Ron Allen, Charlie Perkins, Johnny Lee, Mel Bowden and Larry Orcutt (-3). Mark Johnson, Daryl Briggs, Jack Austin, Royce Morrison (-2). John Somes, Junior Tracy, Jim Mabry, Terry Pangburn (-2). Gordon Holmes, Joe Guaraldo, Bob McKenney, Ron Snyder (-2). Russ Bragg, Gary Dill, Dennis Kiah (-1).Pins: John Somes (14 feet and 11 inches) and Ralph Alley (13 feet and 6 inches).This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Freshman receiver Ishmael surfaces as starting receiver on Syracuse depth chart

first_img Published on September 9, 2014 at 12:39 pm Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesse Freshman wideout Steve Ishmael leapfrogged senior Jarrod West on the team’s latest depth chart after catching two passes for 13 yards in Syracuse’s 27-26 win over Villanova.The depth chart was released Tuesday ahead of the Orange’s trip to Central Michigan this weekend and puts Ishmael alongside senior Adrian Flemming as the top two receivers.West hauled in five passes for 59 yards and was SU’s leading receiver against the Wildcats, which means he probably won’t see a significant dip in touches against the Chippewas. But Ishmael’s ascension to the top of the depth chart hints that his involvement could increase in the coming weeks.Aside from Ishmael, Flemming and West, Ben Lewis is behind Flemming on the depth chart and junior Ashton Broyld is ahead of sophomore Brisly Estime at H-back.Winfield replaces Dowels as 4th cornerbackAdvertisementThis is placeholder textCorey Winfield entered training camp as a wide receiver before switching to cornerback for a better chance to see the field. He didn’t make the two-deep depth chart before Syracuse played Villanova, but replaced freshman Juwan Dowels in Tuesday’s depth chart.Senior Brandon Reddish and junior Julian Whigham remained the team’s starting cornerbacks, with Winfield behind Reddish and junior Wayne Morgan behind Whigham.Villanova collected 12.4 yards per completion in Week 1 as the Syracuse secondary was largely inconsistent in coverage. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Losses hurt more as Lakers begin to adjust expectations

first_img Whicker: Blazers’ Damian Lillard shows Lakers why superstars are worth it AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe loss, however, hurt.And therein lies the difference. In each of the past four seasons, the Lakers have been so often outmatched on the court, that the wins were rare and difficult to predict. The late-season results were tracked more for the impact on the draft lottery than development, and the playoffs were so far out of reach that they were given little thought.Now, sitting seven games back from the eight seed with 19 games to go, the Lakers are just close enough to the playoff race to miss it.“Last year we really weren’t playing for anything,” Randle said. “We were playing to obviously develop us as players, but this year I feel that we’re playing to develop a culture. We’re really learning how to win games and we come in expecting to win games.”But since the All-Star break, Walton’s team has summoned previously unseen resolve, knocking off five teams in a row before succumbing to Portland. Damian Lillard takes over late as Blazers end Lakers’ 5-game win streak Lakers finding meaning in season’s final stretch as wins keep coming “We were kind of going one-on-one a little, hoping people would make a big shot,” Walton said, “and we’ve got to be better on that.”The Lakers had a chance to force overtime, down by three with 7.4 seconds left. But Isaiah Thomas’ shot was stripped by Shabazz Napier and the Lakers (28-35) lost 108-103.It was an impressive effort with second-year forward Brandon Ingram out at least a week with a groin injury and the Lakers already without rookie defensive specialist Josh Hart due to hand surgery.“Our guys battled last night,” Walton said. “They built a 10-, 11-point lead against a playoff team without those guys.”The level of competition stiffens over the final month of the season. After hosting Orlando on Wednesday, in the next week the Lakers will face Denver twice, Cleveland and play at Golden State.Related Articles Brandon Ingram out with groin strain for at least a week, Lakers say Their final five games, starting on April 3, feature two games against the Utah Jazz, and matchups with the Spurs, Rockets, Timberwolves and Clippers. All are either teams in the playoffs or in the mix for the final slot in the Western Conference.With 30 wins on the horizon, Lakers players have started speaking openly about a desire to get into the playoff picture, to shake up the race. Walton prefers to keep his team’s focus on what is directly in front of it.“They know how important it is for us to continue to build and get better,” he said. “We can’t waste the last 20 games of the season. We have to use these as opportunities to build momentum into the summer, whether it’s the playoffs or not. Build momentum and confidence and get better. Because it’s all part of the journey we’re on to get back to being a playoff and eventually a championship team.” EL SEGUNDO — The evidence was all over the faces of Lakers players as they sat through a film session on Tuesday, the morning after they blew an 11-point fourth-quarter lead and lost to the Portland Trail Blazers.Expectations have changed for the Lakers.“Last night, we went home after the game very disappointed,” forward Julius Randle said. “We definitely go into games feeling like we should win.”Coach Luke Walton stressed that “there wasn’t a dark cloud” over his team. “There was still laughter and joy once we got out here to the court,” he said. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Alligator spotted lounging outside Central Florida home

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. A Central Florida homeowner was in for a scaly surprise right in her front yard.Christina Broeker recorded video of an alligator lounging right in front of her Winter Garden home, early Thursday morning.Broeker said the four-foot reptile just showed up. “I was panicked, really. Thank God for vigilant neighbors,” she said. “They let me know, I have two young, 19-month-old twins and a small pet, so I was really concerned about my children and my pets.”However, Broeker’s home wasn’t the only place the alligator was interested in. “And then after about twenty minutes of watching it, it just picked up and started moving, and it started moving behind a lot of my neighbors’ houses,” she said. “I was having to ring their doorbells and let them know to stay inside.”Concerned for the safety of her twin toddlers, the homeowner called the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. “It took them all of a minute to take care of it,” she said. “They assured me that they’re gonna relocate it to another pond.”Now that it’s gone, Broeker is relieved, but she knows they’re the ones living in gator territory. “Unfortunately for the gators, there’s a lot of building out here, and they have nowhere to go, so they’re moving into our neighborhood lakes,” she said. “It’s just important for us to be vigilant and understand.”Broeker said she looks forward to watching her children grow up safely — and, she hopes, gator free. last_img read more