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  • #1738633
    paulinem
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    paulinem

    Arandar as you say mental health is major problem in NZ. Your answer is give them cannabis to cure their problem, A bit like say giving a smoker the approve smokes and give an alcoholic a approved drink that this will control their addiction …yeah right  Arandar!!

    I suggest you choose not to see the wood for the trees with cannabis use.  The police as far as I know have never expressed approval of legalizing cannabis I suggest they and not you see the dangerous  reality of this mind altering drug !

    No a strong advertising campaign warning of the danger of MIND ALTERING illegal cannabis use in the same way we did an anti smoking campaign that goes into the schools polytechnics universities etc  might halt or curb the drugs use But sadly when we have blinded supporters of this mind altering  drug like you and Hero it will be an uphill battle to control the illegal use of the drug.

    #1738634
    arandar
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    arandar

    Pauline, you seem to have missed or misunderstood several of the points I made.

    I expect it’s simply that, as with one or two other topics, we’ve come at this one with different points of view. Thanks for putting yours across. It all helps those who are yet to make up their minds.

    Arandar

    #1738635
    paulinem
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    paulinem

    Whow what a lot of weather  related problems NZ is having this weekend Timaru was really bad especially after the awful slip from the hillside.

    "It was shocking. I couldn't believe it. There was so much water it was unbelievable ... There was so much volume - it was massive."
    – it was massive.”A curious Mt Somers school busdriver saw first-hand the force of nature when she went to check out the rising Rangitata River.  Ange Protheroe, 34, was at the right place at the right time with her husband when she captured footage of the “massive” cliff-face crashing into the water below. The couple had stopped at the Rangitata Division Intake Race on Klondyke Terrace, in Montalto, when they saw little slips and took out their camera.

    Timaru weather problems caused a breakdown of sparks fibre network in many parts of the South Island including as far as Invercargill

    Now Wellington is having problems including Porirua  where the waste water treatment plant has been overflowing into the street I gather this was caused by an unfriendly tidal  effect

    #1738636
    paulinem
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    paulinem

    Now I am told Dunedin is getting a lot of rain etc …I vote we send these weather rain bombs to our Aussie neighbours in NSW …I am sure they would really appreciate all this rain over there 🙂

    #1738638
    paulinem
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    paulinem
    Severe thunderstorm warnings and watches issued for much of North Island2:34pm 1 NEWS
    MetService has issued a severe thunderstorm warning and watches for much of the North Island this afternoon.Thunderstorm warnings. Source: MetService

    According to a tweet by the weather agency: “The active cold front over central New Zealand continues to deliver rain over to the upper South Island and the Wellington area.

    “Thunderstorms are expected to bring strong winds and squally conditions to the Taranaki region particularly.”

    Auckland and the upper North Island may also experience severe thunderstorms this afternoon, with a watch extending all the way up to Kaitaia.

    • This reply was modified 2 months, 1 week ago by  paulinem.
    #1738640
    huiatahi
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    huiatahi

    Here in Te Awamutu it clouded over a little this afternoon but no rain.  I have the air con on as it’s very muggy.

    huiatahi

    #1738644
    Bryan
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    Bryan

    Strange how quick the weather can change! Last night when I was off to bed, I could hear the storm. Now this morning the sun is shining, beautiful day…………?

    At Home, At Peace and Causing Trouble In South Taranaki

    #1738648
    halcyon
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    halcyon

    Actually Paulinem, you raise a good point when you express concerns about the effects cannabis has on our society. And as Hero rightly says we need factual evidence not false news so as to make informed decisions. The following quote was from https://doi.org/10.1111/add.14814. That article was the research results published in Addictions Journal.

    Conclusions
    In New Zealand, long‐term frequent cannabis use, or transition to such use, appears to be robustly associated with diverse harms in adulthood.

    As one leading NZ authority in the area addictions explained:-

    This rigorously executed study suggests that chronic use of cannabis is associated with increased risk of cannabis, alcohol and nicotine dependency; increased odds of mental health problems; lower socio-economic wellbeing; lower odds of achieving tertiary education; reduced income; lower likelihood of being in a relationship with increased risk of relationship violence or arrests/convictions. This was the case for both early-onset chronic and adult-onset regular users. Males were significantly overrepresented in these two groups. 

    “If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” (George Orwell, The Animal Farm)

    #1738649
    don021
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    don021

    It astounds me that people think that indulging in some drug that affects their mind is doing no harm to their body. How dim can people get?? Cannabis is good for one thing only, compost, it makes good fertiliser I am told.

    #1738650
    arandar
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    arandar

    “…This was the case for both early-onset chronic and adult-onset regular users. Males were significantly overrepresented in these two groups…”

    So, in what ways does chronic cannabis use differ from chronic alcohol use?

    None so far as I know.

    What’s more the bit where it claims ‘males were significantly overrepresented in these two groups…’ is interesting.

    IMO, and in my experience, males are ‘significantly overrepresented’ in almost every poor statistic from education, to health, to police, to corrections.

    Perhaps we should consider controlling, regulating and monitoring males if we want to reduce harms and costs?

    Arandar

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