Dakta Green the man behind Auckland’s infamous warehouse operation the Daktory is fresh out of prison for cannabis-related crime and says he’s backing the Whangarei effort.
The pro-cannabis activist was in Whangarei on April 23 talking to a ‘legalise’ rally at the Town Basin.
‘I think daktories should be established in every city and town in the country’ Mr Green told the Advocate.
‘[Legalisation] is an idea whose time has come’.
Whangarei and Kaipara police area commander Inspector Justin Rogers said he was ‘aware of the intentions of Mr Green’s group and [would] continue to monitor the situation accordingly’ but declined further comment.
Mr Green 66 ran the Daktory in New Lynn Auckland for more than two years before being arrested in 2011.
He had since served two sentences for cannabis-related crime.
Mr Green said the Daktory in Whangarei was still finalising the location of its clubroom.
(ed:..at the j-day gathering in auckland over the weekend..(which went off b.t.w..both jammed and jamming)..dakta green spoke and a theme he favoured was telling politicians ‘to get out’ of the industry..
..here i have a philosophical disagreement with green – as i favour politicians getting deeply involved in the business..and want nz to follow the uruguayan-model…where the state owns/controls the industry from seed to bud…
..all citizens of uruguay over 18 are given a card that entitles them to a certain amount of government-grown cannabis per month..
..and to ensure control of the industry was taken completely away from crime syndicates..the state control enables the retail price of that cannabis to be set at u.s$2 per gram..(u.s$56 an ounce..)
..and this state control does not mean civil servants are issued with gardening gloves and shade-hats..and sent out into the fields with trays of cloned seedlings..and ordered to propagate..
..licences are issued for the implementation of this regime..(so private enterprise does get a look in that way..)
..and of course what a profitable industry it is is demonstrated by the fact the uruguayan government sells the cannabis at $2 per gram..yet still pays for itself/makes a profit/large tax take…
..and of course home cultivation/the setting up of cannabis clubs (a la daktory..) is also permitted under such a regime..
..all that is being taken out/away from the ‘government-out!’ privatisation legalisation model is the profit-motivation..the urge/need to sell more..and what’s wrong with that..?..as a civilised outcome..?
..i see the uruguayan model as a win win..
..and i actually have a dread of a fully privatised industry where flashing neon cannabis leafs compete for space/attention with already ubiquitous obnoxious ads/retail outlets for alcohol..
..one discreet outlet per suburb should do..and of course no advertising etc..
(so if just on visual-pollution prevention grounds etc etc..)
..and of course taking the long-view..once this is set up and shown to work well..alcohol could/should also be nationalised/brought under similar controls..
..unless you are a booze-pusher..what’s not to love about all that..?
But as the United Nations prepares to discuss its failed “war on drugs” in New York this week, Delmonte is under intense scrutiny as the CEO of International Cannabis Corp – one of two firms now legally growing dope on behalf of the Uruguayan government.
At a small farm just down the road from Libertad prison – an hour’s drive from the capital Montevideo Delmonte’s company has 3,000 marijuana plants growing under lights and constant police guard.
It is expecting to add at least a thousand more in coming weeks as well as install a state-of-the-art Spanish greenhouse to help them grow.
From July the cannabis they produce is due to be trucked around the country to go on sale in pharmacies as the world’s first state-commissioned recreational marijuana.
Any Uruguayan will be able to buy up to 40g a month for around $1 a gram (the exact price is still to be determined).
To do this they only need to join a government register and give a thumbprint to prove their identity.
(ed:..this is the model i want to see new zealand adopt – it makes sense on so many levels..
..the state licences growers/processors/distributors etc…but the government keeps total control of the industry (and the profits to be made..)
..and the economic-sustainability of this method cannot be questioned – if (as in uruguay) the state is able to retail pot at $1 gram..and still make a profit..clearly there is more cream there than from any number of dairy farms..eh..?..)
..’cos really the last thing i want to see is a new crop of booze-barons..(with red eyes) and/or flashing neon lights depicting cannabis leaf on every corner..i find that as appealing as those ad-festooned booze-pushing outlets..seemingly on every corner..
..and of course the long-game with this one..is that once this state-run cannabis-economic-model is established/proven..
..then it will be time to nationalise the booze-pushers/industry..
..and to bring alcohol-access under similar ‘sober’-control..
..and of course with alcohol – as in those countries using this model – the era of cheap-booze would be over..access is still there..but the price is higher..(this is a proven ‘problem’-lessener..)
..whereas for different reasons the retail price of cannabis drops from blackmarket-levels..
..and thus is the most effective tool to drive organised-crime out of the business..
..no profit – no gang-business..
..no more tinny-houses offering ‘specials’ on starter-packs of ‘p’ is one of the most obvious side-benefits from legaling/regulating/taxing cannabis..and bringing it under state control..
..and of course any state-run model would also allow personal cultivation..and social-clubs etc..so personal-freedoms are retained..the state butts in..and/but the state butts out..(see what i did there..?..)
..let’s not screw up this one opportunity to do/get this right..eh..?..)
The South American country became the first ever to legalize the sale of marijuana in May 2014 but regulatory bodies – police and pharmacies have yet to catch up with home growers and their steady clientele.
In the back room of a store in the Uruguayan capital connoisseurs pore over boxes of Ziploc bags containing seven varieties of marijuana with names like ‘amnesia’ – ‘chocolope’ – ‘tangie’ and ‘sour power’.
The stash belongs to members of the 420 Cannabis Club who are collecting their monthly allowance of 40 grams – while the next harvest basks in the orange glow of sun lamps in a ventilated room upstairs.
‘It gives me peace of mind being part of a club’ said María Aguirre 40 as she picked eight bags of 10 grams each – four for her and four for her husband. She said street dealers sometimes try to make their customers take samples of cocaine – trying to get them hooked on more ‘dangerous and addictive’ drugs.
In May 2014 then-president José Mujica signed groundbreaking regulations for Uruguay’s marijuana market- making the South American nation the first country in the world to legalize sales of the drug.
The measures – passed by the country’s senate in December 2013 – allowed marijuana users to access in three ways: by growing it at home or buying it from pharmacies or collective ‘grow clubs’ like the 420.
But more than a year after the world’s most far-reaching marijuana reform was signed into law the government body supposed to control the legal market is underfunded and understaffed while police continue harassing growers and the pharmacy plan has barely advanced beyond the drawing board.
(ed:..two things to take from this: there seems to be no need for a regulated market post-legalising – and that the wisdom of the crowd has prevailed – and they have got together and got it all ‘sorted’ in their own right.