Inside New Zealand: High Time? on TV3

8:30pm – Wednesday, July 13 on TV 3

Inside New Zealand: High Time?, screening on Wednesday, July 13 th at 8.30pm on 3, investigates the facts and fallacies surrounding cannabis use in New Zealand and asks whether it’s time we made cannabis legal. Central to the story is Dakta Green, formerly known as Ken Morgan, who was an electorate chairman for the National Party and campaigner for Saturday Trading and Casinos before becoming an advocate for cannabis law reform. He is leading the charge for cannabis to be legalised and has set up “The Daktory”, a warehouse in West Auckland that operates as a club for cannabis users where they can purchase and smoke the drug, as an example of how legalisation might work in the future. “The purpose of this club is to show my fellow New Zealanders that you have absolutely nothing to fear from people who are part of the cannabis culture,” says Green.

Warren Young from the Law Commission has been involved in a recent review of our Drugs Laws and he also supports changes to our cannabis laws: “I think simply carrying as we’re carrying on at the moment doesn’t really work,” he says.

In New Zealand, there are also people using cannabis who have a legitimate need – for some people it offers pain relief or therapeutic benefits that they can’t get from prescription medicines.

However, under current legislation these people are being charged and convicted. “I’ve had to deal with all of the fall out from police, the courts lawyers corrections and my life’s just completely changed,” says one such user, Dawn. Inside New Zealand: High Time? explores the pros, cons, costs and risks of taking a more liberal approach to cannabis when it screens on Wednesday, July 13 th at 8.30pm on 3.

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  • Tanya Pfeiffenberger

    Hi. i am unsure as to wether this is the right place to comment but couldn’t seem to find any way of contacting Inside New Zealand. Ihave just watched the documentary “High Times” and it has raised many questions and thoughts i would be really keen to gain answers to but also just to share my knowledege. Firstly, i tried cannabis at a young age and started smoking at 16. I went on to become a daily user for 5 years in which time i really have to say i did notning it almost put my life on standstill, i had ideas and goals just never got around to acheieving them. During this time i also fell pregnant and tried to raise a child, i stopped during pregnancy and whilst breastfeeding kept it to a bare minimum. The demands of raising a child whilst using cannabis were hard due to all my friends and family at the time abusing it severly. Almost five years ago i moved cities and gave up cold turkey and have never looked back for me it was not something i needed any longer but during my use strongely believe it helped me greatly with the trauma and pain of being abused as a child.

    I never use cannabis now one because living with people that abused it and watching it destroy their lives and their childrens lives put me of it as being a fun recreational drug of choice. Secondly, i don’t like it, its not a feeling i enjoy although i do use other illegal drugs on a purely recrational level and because i prefer that to drinking. Ihave tried the legal party pills etc many times and found them to be way worse than real drugs and the come down is very scary no wonder so many young people end up in hospital.

    Anyhow, that was a rather long introduction i will now try and put across a few questions and thoughts on the matter.

    I would really like there to be a show or study done oncannabis and mental illness, the media and health department often makes statements about drugs causing depression and psychosis yet in my experience mostly everyone i have ever met has had problems with depression, anxiety or other mental health problems and smoking cannabis is simply a self medicating tool they use to make themself feel better and ease their symptoms its is for this reason i believe legalising it or changing it from the justice system to the health sector would benefit users greatly as instead of them being charged and pushed further out of society it would allow them to seek help and advice on other possible treatments. Which leads me to the study i would like carried out or reasearch done on the link between cronic long term cannabis smokers with mental health problems and long term anidepressant use in New Zealand. I have suffered from depression and went on antidepressants for a short time and this is my personal view but i felt as though i was stoned on all three types i tried so decided to stop them 4 months after starting, by then my depression had got better and although the first two weeks were hard i have been fine since. I know many people through work and my personal life with the same general symptoms of depression and anxiety type problems and some choose to use pot to help them cope and they manage fine, others however go onto antidepressants which i believe are highly over prescribed in NZ by Gps who know very little about them, but thats another matter. The people i know that use cannabis have very little side effects other than short term memory loss and fatigue at time compared to the hugh list of side effects antidepressants hold. Also cannabis is non addictive and therfore a lot easier to stop if you no longer feel you need it unlike antidepressants which are very hard to stop or reduce due to the sometimes severe side effects they cause. The legal system therefore does absolutely nothing for this group of users which generally cause the most concern as due to it being illegal high frequents use often results in the individuals becoming isolated to a small group of other high users and often alienating them from their families and friends who don’t use. they don’t have an option of seeking help as its illegal and againts the law which creates a whole new dilema when you involve children and domestic violence , often these people will have built a fear as such of the police because theres always cannabis around therefore its a unwritten rule they often wont ever involve any help agencies due to not wanting to be caught. From my personal experience it meant assault, domestic violence,child abuse and no one did anything for fear of being caught with cannabis, since not smoking it i marvel at the ease in which i will call the police if there is an emergency of any kind or domestic incident due to the fact i no longer have anything to hide. I work a lot with mothers of preschool and primary aged children and it scares me how many are and have been on antidepressants since the birth of their child due to pnd and 5-8 years on are still on the same does when often they no longer need it, my point here is that i believe the effect of cannabis use if taken daily on a long term basis would cause the same results and yet that is illegal. I believe both have a severe effect on children being raised in this enironment as they both put you in a semi dissociative state where oyu never really feel any true emotions as they are blocked and lessend by both drugs, you lose your morlas and believes to a certain extent, often there tends to be some form of child abuse in the home and the children in a lot of cases suffer from attachment disorders and anxiety or behaviour problems due to the lack of emotional support from their parents or significant others in those very important first years. it like in a way you are there but not really, often the living standard is very poor to the point where it is unsafe and unhigenic for children to grow up in with very little effort  put in to provide nutrishious food or excersise as alought both drugs make you feel less depressed they do not generally induce the need for excersise or healthy food. 

    I understand many people wont agree with what i have said or like it, as i said realier this is what i have witnessed growing up and in my community, social networks and family. I do not have any form of degree in this although i wish i did and just really want to raise awareness of the topic.

    Finally, i am not a cannabis hater it has at one time surved a purpose in my life after all and it effects everyone so differently if used recreationaly some peolpe enjoy it others don’t, personaly i believe its no different to alcohol or tobbacco some of us enjoy a glass of wine after a hard week at work to unwind others a joint, a walk, a hot bath it should be a choice to make as an individual. So all you people who enjoy  the odd joint here and there, do it responsibly. no one under 18 and please don’t do it around the children its a adult drugh therefore should be used as such, you don’t smoke cigarettes well most of us hopefully don’t inside the house or at the park or other puplic settings where children are so apply the same rules to cannabis.

    Sorry if there are lots of grammar mistakes, like i said i am not qualified in this field, haha but i do have very strong opinions and hope that some of them can be reaserched further or investigated by inside New Zealand.

    Thanks

  • Sarah Newbs

    Hi. i am unsure as to wether this is the right place to comment but couldn’t seem to find any way of contacting Inside New Zealand. Ihave just watched the documentary “High Times” and it has raised many questions and thoughts i would be really keen to gain answers to but also just to share my knowledege. Firstly, i tried cannabis at a young age and started smoking at 16. I went on to become a daily user for 5 years in which time i really have to say i did notning it almost put my life on standstill, i had ideas and goals just never got around to acheieving them. During this time i also fell pregnant and tried to raise a child, i stopped during pregnancy and whilst breastfeeding kept it to a bare minimum. The demands of raising a child whilst using cannabis were hard due to all my friends and family at the time abusing it severly. Almost five years ago i moved cities and gave up cold turkey and have never looked back for me it was not something i needed any longer but during my use strongely believe it helped me greatly with the trauma and pain of being abused as a child.

    I never use cannabis now one because living with people that abused it and watching it destroy their lives and their childrens lives put me of it as being a fun recreational drug of choice. Secondly, i don’t like it, its not a feeling i enjoy although i do use other illegal drugs on a purely recrational level and because i prefer that to drinking. Ihave tried the legal party pills etc many times and found them to be way worse than real drugs and the come down is very scary no wonder so many young people end up in hospital.

    Anyhow, that was a rather long introduction i will now try and put across a few questions and thoughts on the matter.

    I would really like there to be a show or study done oncannabis and mental illness, the media and health department often makes statements about drugs causing depression and psychosis yet in my experience mostly everyone i have ever met has had problems with depression, anxiety or other mental health problems and smoking cannabis is simply a self medicating tool they use to make themself feel better and ease their symptoms its is for this reason i believe legalising it or changing it from the justice system to the health sector would benefit users greatly as instead of them being charged and pushed further out of society it would allow them to seek help and advice on other possible treatments. Which leads me to the study i would like carried out or reasearch done on the link between cronic long term cannabis smokers with mental health problems and long term anidepressant use in New Zealand. I have suffered from depression and went on antidepressants for a short time and this is my personal view but i felt as though i was stoned on all three types i tried so decided to stop them 4 months after starting, by then my depression had got better and although the first two weeks were hard i have been fine since. I know many people through work and my personal life with the same general symptoms of depression and anxiety type problems and some choose to use pot to help them cope and they manage fine, others however go onto antidepressants which i believe are highly over prescribed in NZ by Gps who know very little about them, but thats another matter. The people i know that use cannabis have very little side effects other than short term memory loss and fatigue at time compared to the hugh list of side effects antidepressants hold. Also cannabis is non addictive and therfore a lot easier to stop if you no longer feel you need it unlike antidepressants which are very hard to stop or reduce due to the sometimes severe side effects they cause. The legal system therefore does absolutely nothing for this group of users which generally cause the most concern as due to it being illegal high frequents use often results in the individuals becoming isolated to a small group of other high users and often alienating them from their families and friends who don’t use. they don’t have an option of seeking help as its illegal and againts the law which creates a whole new dilema when you involve children and domestic violence , often these people will have built a fear as such of the police because theres always cannabis around therefore its a unwritten rule they often wont ever involve any help agencies due to not wanting to be caught. From my personal experience it meant assault, domestic violence,child abuse and no one did anything for fear of being caught with cannabis, since not smoking it i marvel at the ease in which i will call the police if there is an emergency of any kind or domestic incident due to the fact i no longer have anything to hide. I work a lot with mothers of preschool and primary aged children and it scares me how many are and have been on antidepressants since the birth of their child due to pnd and 5-8 years on are still on the same does when often they no longer need it, my point here is that i believe the effect of cannabis use if taken daily on a long term basis would cause the same results and yet that is illegal. I believe both have a severe effect on children being raised in this enironment as they both put you in a semi dissociative state where oyu never really feel any true emotions as they are blocked and lessend by both drugs, you lose your morlas and believes to a certain extent, often there tends to be some form of child abuse in the home and the children in a lot of cases suffer from attachment disorders and anxiety or behaviour problems due to the lack of emotional support from their parents or significant others in those very important first years. it like in a way you are there but not really, often the living standard is very poor to the point where it is unsafe and unhigenic for children to grow up in with very little effort  put in to provide nutrishious food or excersise as alought both drugs make you feel less depressed they do not generally induce the need for excersise or healthy food. 

    I understand many people wont agree with what i have said or like it, as i said realier this is what i have witnessed growing up and in my community, social networks and family. I do not have any form of degree in this although i wish i did and just really want to raise awareness of the topic.

    Finally, i am not a cannabis hater it has at one time surved a purpose in my life after all and it effects everyone so differently if used recreationaly some peolpe enjoy it others don’t, personaly i believe its no different to alcohol or tobbacco some of us enjoy a glass of wine after a hard week at work to unwind others a joint, a walk, a hot bath it should be a choice to make as an individual. So all you people who enjoy  the odd joint here and there, do it responsibly. no one under 18 and please don’t do it around the children its a adult drugh therefore should be used as such, you don’t smoke cigarettes well most of us hopefully don’t inside the house or at the park or other puplic settings where children are so apply the same rules to cannabis.

    Sorry if there are lots of grammar mistakes, like i said i am not qualified in this field, haha but i do have very strong opinions and hope that some of them can be reaserched further or investigated by inside New Zealand.

    Thanks

  • it’s 2011 and pot is still legal? wtf?

    Is this thing gonna be on demand? I’m gutted I didn’t get to watch this. I found this video in the process that I thought was pretty cool though.

  • Par_isa

    How do i watch this? apparently im on it!