Cannabis campaigner Dakta Green jailed
Wed, 29 Jun 2011 11:01a.m.
By Dan Satherley / 3news.co.nz staff
Cannabis campaigner Dakta Green has been sentenced to eight months' jail on charges relating to the possession, supply and sale of cannabis.
Green, 61, operated a high-profile warehouse called The Daktory, where cannabis was openly sold and consumed.
Appearing in the Auckland District Court this morning, he rejected the judge’s offer of home detention, instead opting for jail time.
This morning, prior to sentencing, Green told RadioLIVE's Marcus Lush his conviction was down to "politics".
"One day, and I hope in the near future, our members of Parliament will understand that there is no good reason to send people to jail for cannabis, other than the fact it is an illegal product," said Green.
"It's time we questioned why cannabis is illegal, and the fact that there might be one in a million that have some adverse reaction to cannabis is not a reason to send me to jail – it's a reason to have a health-related approach to dealing with these issues."
Green said the appearance of synthetic, legal cannabis substitutes such as Kronic shows the Government's hypocrisy on drug issues. But apart from that, he doesn't think Kronic helps the legalisation campaign.
"It certainly shows a hypocrisy, but I don't think it's good for our cause at all.
"The fact it's called 'artificial cannabis' means that it is something that is made in a laboratory, and it's a green, leafy material that's had chemicals sprayed on it.
"I agree with the inventor of the product it is not something that one should be consuming."
American organic chemist Prof John Huffman created JWH 018, an appetite stimulant that replicates the effects of THC, the active ingredient in cannabis. He says Kronic could cause irreversible psychological damage, but stopped short of calling for its banning.
"It would probably be useless as marijuana has been illegal in the United States since 1937," Prof Huffman told the Otago Daily Times earlier this week.
Green said he tried Kronic, but it didn't like it, because it tasted nothing like cannabis.
He doesn't think it should be sold in dairies – and nor should alcohol be – instead saying they should only be available through adults-only stores.
"It certainly should be taken out of dairies," he told RadioLIVE. "Alcohol is available from our dairies as well, and that's the most dangerous drug in our society today."
Green argues that cannabis is safer than alcohol and Kronic.
"There are issues with people appearing in hospitals these days on this Kronic, and anybody that ever appears in hospital on cannabis – which has been used safely for thousands of years – it's just because they're inexperienced.
"It's impossible to overdose on cannabis, and there is no chronic after-effect."
Despite years of campaigning, Green doesn't hold out much hope the Government will change its mind.
"[There is] absolutely no indication that there will be any change – in fact, quite the reverse. Any time our Prime Minister or Peter Dunne make comment on cannabis, it's always no, there will be no change.
"But we are very hopeful there will be change in the near future."
The Crown had sought four years' imprisonment for Green.
The Daktory's retail operation might have closed, but the warehouse, located in the West Auckland suburb of New Lynn, will continue to operate as a base for cannabis activists.
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20/05/2012 12:04:25 p.m.
cannabis is rated as less harmfull, look at this chart, and i agree
25/07/2011 8:41:45 p.m.
Dakta Yamaha wrote:
Why did you put my good friend Dakta into Jail? Legalising weed also has benefits for the environment. E.g using hemp oil to clean the car engine, making paper out of buds instead of chopping down a 100y.o tree. Also legalising weed attracts tourists which boosts our economy up and its safer than smoking any of that synthetic drugs that contains prescribed medicines mix with fly spray. And those pigcops can do something more useful instead of busting a grow house, or people coming from a party. Oh and all NZ prisons should have access to buy cannabis too from their canteen as it helps calm the tensions down amongst inmates. Kids should also smoke cannabis as (just jokin). I would love to create a cafe selling dope cookies, dope milk, dope cheese, dope chocolate milkshake. So is it legal to get drunk and smash something, yet it is illegal to smoke weed and play playstation or something. free the dakta, free the dakta, free the dakta, free the dakta, free the dakta, free the dakta, free the dakta, free the dakta, free the dakta, free the dakta, free the dakta, free the dakta, free the dakta, free the dakta, free the dakta, free the dakta, free the dakta, free the dakta, free the dakta, free the dakta, free the dakta, legalise weed, legalise weed, legalise weed, legalise weed, legalise weed, legalise weed, legalise weed, legalise weed, legalise weed, legalise weed, legalise weed, legalise weed, legalise weed, legalise weed, legalise weed, legalise weed, legalise weed, legalise weed, legalise weed, legalise weed, legalise weed, legalise weed, legalise weed, legalise weed, dope eatery cafe, dope eatery cafe, dope eatery cafe, dope eatery cafe, dope eatery cafe, dope eatery cafe, dope eatery cafe, dope eatery cafe, dope eatery cafe, dope eatery cafe, dope eatery cafe, dope eatery cafe, dope eatery cafe, dope eatery cafe, dope eatery cafe, dope eatery cafe, dope eatery cafe,
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXY&Z now i know my "abc's", next time will you sesh with me. !!!@!!!@!
20/07/2011 8:46:15 p.m.
Alan Preston wrote:
Whether you use marijuana or not ( I don't ), this is a justice issue that urgently needs to be addressed.
Dakta Green was challenging this law which causes more harm than it prevents by criminalising users of marijuana - in an effort to stimulate a public debate towards getting it rescinded - as has already been done in other responsive and progressive democracies around the world.
You cannot win an argument by locking up your opponents or by making them live in fear of arrest for participating in the process.
Contact the Minister of Justice to ask that Dakta Green be released immediately.
6/07/2011 8:27:09 a.m.
04 Jul 2011 8:27p.m.
Send the stupid old stoner man to jail
Actually Mohammed I have an IQ of 168 and have responsibly used cannabis for two decades. Many of my friends who also use are far more intelligent than you will ever be my friend. PHDs, Lawers, architects, doctors who all smoke the safe and healing herb. Even Rastafarian offers more sanity to the world than you Mr arrogant. Keep drinking your legal paint thinner and rotting your brain with television, the true drug of a nation.
Bless up to all and legalize the cannabis
5/07/2011 8:36:21 a.m.
After reading all the comments here is seems that cannabis actually improves intellect. Every prohibitionist on this site sounds like a little child who can not get his or her own way.
After reading the comments it also seems that a grand majority of people in NZ and around the world want change.
Cannabis is not going to go away and will be legal soon. For me and millions of others it already is legal. The MOD is not worth the paper it is printed on.
4/07/2011 9:55:37 p.m.
The Law is wrong wrote:
Before 1986, homosexuality between men was illegal. The law was unjust and proven to be wrong. Basically, just because something is illegal does not mean that we should blindly follow
4/07/2011 8:27:34 p.m.
Send the stupid old stoner man to jail and throw away the key. He is greedy and no different to a gangster running a tinny house. Selling drugs is selling drugs whether you wear a gangster patch or whether you do not. If he was really serious about promoting law changes he would not charge people for the cannabis and he would just give it away. The smart public know that the law commission report is not the law, it is just some people's opinion. The law is the Misuse Drugs Act. The report is just what some people think about what the law should be. Dakta Green was caught for drugs in 2010 – a long long time before he started to try to be the leadder of New Lynn electrate in 2011. He is a criminal first and politiician second. Don’t believe the trash that ACLP say about the government affecting political processes – they are making up untrue stories and lying to all the people who listen to them. Bad ACLP stoners.
4/07/2011 11:57:46 a.m.
Whenever I read these blogs & see comments from people who say they support DRUG prohibition.. I wonder if they drink alcohol ? There was a time in USA - 1920s when it was also prohibited. How would they feel if Alcohol was banned ? The law SUX.. why is it OK to be an alcoholic, but smoke a joint & your a Criminal ?? talk about a double standard ! I wonder why this Govt. is ignoring the Law Comm. report.. are they possibly benefitting from the status quo ? During Alcohol prohibition, it was found that corrupt politicians & law enforcemnt officials were getting kick-backs from Gangsters & lining their pockets with the profits.. Kia-ora
1/07/2011 11:42:50 a.m.
I am a king General Rasta from way down dem in Amsterdam speaking out for this racist war on cannabis. Jesse Jackson said it best during the recent forum on the drug war.
“This is a crime against humanity. War on drugs is a war on Black and Brown and must be challenged by the highest levels of our government in the war for justice,” said the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson.
“This is government-sponsored terrorism,” Jackson said. “It raised the price on Black existence; it is an attack on the Black family; it has destroyed a generation. Those who are the least users have paid the most price because of race; those with money and attorneys have paid the least price. Those without attorneys remain behind bars today.”
“I’m here to tell you that one of the most fundamental pillars of what we see going on in our communities, this combustible caldron of genocide and death, is this war on drugs,” said Ron Daniels, CEO of the Institute of the Black World, which held the forum at which Rev. Jackson was speaking. “Why? It’s because it’s a racist war on drugs…I know many people are out there saying, ‘Why are you Negroes still talking about racism?’ That’s because we’ve been targeted for the police action – the war on drugs is a war on us.” [...]
It’s time for all of us to wake up and attack the problem of mass incarceration and the drug war. If there were ever a set of realities that are reflective of the persistent racial divides that continue to plague America, this one would be it. As a man who’s biological father and older brother figure both spent time in prison, this issue is personal to me. I, like so many millions of black people across America, have experienced the hurt and pain that is caused by mass incarceration. It’s time for this system of Americanized apartheid to be brought to an end.
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