Friday, February 4, 2005

Community links Ellison to corporate greed, organised crime, politics

Ellison buys into WA's home-grown debate.

The Federal fascist Government has accused Western Australian Premier Geoff Gallop of fostering organised crime under laws allowing people to grow small amounts of cannabis?

Injustice Minister Chris Ellison has spoken in support of plans by Liberal leader Colin Barnett to toughen cannabis laws?

What, so we can all go to the doctor to get prescription drugs that doesn't include cannabis? The bottle-shop to get alcohol that doesn't include cannabis? And if we do want cannabis we'd have to buy it from a drug dealer and go down into the criminal underworld or get locked up?

Makes sense to me if you wanted to criminalise the community for smoking herbs, provide fodder for the victim industry and maximise corporate profit! As well as winning the state election for the neo-Liberal fascist party at the cost of the community for a political term.

Senator Ellison says WA Labor's policy on cannabis is too relaxed and undermines cross-border controls.

"One plant harvested four times a year can produce up to eight kilograms of cannabis a year," he said.

"That has a street value of around about $84,000.

"You can see that the potential for the development of organised crime is extremely dangerous."

Actually I can see that in reverse and say, 'that the cost to the community which includes judges, police, lawyers, prison guards, psychiatrists, doctors, nurses, more prisons and wrecked families, outweighs any concerns and in fact makes Ellison's concerns irrelevant'.

The truth is more likely that one plant can only be harvested twice a year at the most and produces up to about two kilograms of cannabis herbs before the plant dies.

And cannabis herbs have a home value of 'pure medicine', including relief from 'depression', drug dealers, corporations and police.

Ellison can see the real potential for the development of 'winning the state election' and corporate greed?

People can also see that the potential for the development of 'legal medicine' which is extremely healthy, and the development 'away from organised crime' which is extremely safe.

Senator Ellison says "grow-your-own cannabis policy" plays into the hands of criminals dealing in drugs interstate.

"In this state, it's well known we have a problem with bikie gangs," he said.

"They're notorious for the distribution of cannabis."

But if everyone who wanted the herbs could grow their own then the 'bikies' would not be notorious for distributing cannabis for the police force or some politician, would they now Mr Ellison?

So that's why the whole country needs to legalise this herb so the politicians, victim industry, drug dealers and corporations don't reek havoc over the community. And so judges, police, lawyers, prison guards, psychiatrists, doctors, and nurses have to find a new way of living.

By Bud West 4 February 05


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