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October 8th, 2012
Police and Thieves is an old reggae song. It makes the point that there is no real difference between the two.
At our protest at Waitakere District Court today, police proved the point – they stole our signs, in broad daylight, in front of witnesses.
Members of the protest team placed some signs up against a police car for a photo opportunity. It was Car N71, registration GFB454. We provide this information in case anyone wants to monitor this vehicle. It is also for the benefit of the Police Cyber Crime Unit, who read this blog and complain if false names are disclosed.
A shaven headed cop turned up, grabbed four of our signs, and threw them in the boot of N71. He claimed that the signs were now police property because they were in contact with a police vehicle. One of the signs was – two others had blown to the ground and the cop pulled the fourth sign out of Dakta Green’s hand.
Today’s protest was for Dakta Blaze, arrested for shutting a door behind him when he went outside to talk to the cops, whilst the cops were performing an illegal search of The Daktory.
It could be a long while – his next court appearance is in February for a status hearing.
Once Blaze was finished in court, we set out to track down the brazen thief. All 8 of us went to Henderson police station to lodge a complaint.
The remarkably youthful looking acting desk sergeant told us we would have to complain to the Independent Police Conduct Authority. This was not good enough. The officer was shown images of the thief in the act of committing his crime. He refused to arrest the suspect.
While the acting sergeant continued stonewalling, a chubby cop came downstairs with the signs and handed them over. He didn’t offer an apology – just a stern warning not to let them touch police property again.
Safer communities together. Better work stories. Don’t forget to blow on the pie.
October 4th, 2012
Some good news from the legal sysem this week. Doug McLeod had a charge withdrawn – the charge of permitting premises to be used for consumption of cannabis. He was charged with this “crime” because he was staying at the Daktory one of the times when it was raided.
Eight people turned up at Waitakere Ditrict Court this wet and chilly morning to support Doug. We got plenty of toots and waves from passing traffic as hundreds of people saw our signs.
They told Doug to be at the court at 9 am, but it was early 10 am before the judge turned up. Why are judges alwys late? In most oher jobs you would get sacked if you were late all the time.
Fortunately, Doug’s case was the first one to be called. The police sought leave to withdraw the charge, and it was all over. A few people clapped, but not loud enough to upset the judge.
Doug stood in the dock, proudly wearing his Freedom is NORML T shirt, and asked for an apology from the prosecutor. The judge told him to take it up with his lawyer, and he was free to go.
We gathered outside the court for another show of signs and more photos – you’ll find some of them on Facebook. Doug called out “Cannabis for sale!” when a cop walked by.
Doug’s next appearance at Waitakere court will be on yet amother bullshit charge. He was arrested or sparking up a solar cone at a previous protest. This is a classic example of how the police try to bully the law reform movement into submission.
Dakta Gizi is back at the Daktory, now that her bail conditions have been changed, and she no longer has a curfew. So no more 5 am curfew checks by the filth – a favorite trick of theirs.
At Monday’s bail hearing, police opposed the changes. They even tried to get Dakta Green’s bail conditions altered, in spite of the fact that it was not his bail hearing. They claimed that “law breaking” is still going on at the Daktory. No comment.
Thanks to the people who replied with information about other court appearances. We don’t know about them unless somebody tells us, and we want to spread the word about any of our people being vicrtimized by the legal system – so keep the info coming.
Huge Crowds At Open Day
Just kidding, folks. It was a very quiet Sunday afternoon at the Daktory, but a few friends dropped by – and nothing bad happened. So we did it again Wednesday evening. Six people turned up this time – all wanting to buy weed. We hd to disappoint them – we can no longer offer that service, and we ask people not to smoke on the premises.
Everything else is still here at the Daktory – the pool table, table tennis, table soccer, darts, chess, snacks and drinks, and hard core Daktivists.
We’re having another open day this Sunday, noon to 6 pm. Come and talk to us about what you would like to see and do at the club. We are open to suggestions.
Become a member and help the Daktory survive. Membership is just $20 a month. If enough people join, we can afford to keep the club running – and get the Cannabus back on the road.
For anyone who would like to donate through automatic payment or online banking, the account number is:
Last But Not Least
A big “Thank You” to everyone who has made a donation to the Daktory. Your support will help to make it possible to reopen and to continue the fight for our rights.
September 27th, 2012
Do you want to see the Daktory reopen? It can if enough people are willing to support it.
We are asking our friends and supporters to become members at the modest cost of $20 a month. This will help to cover the outgoings on the building and provide a token of support for the law reform movement – which is still alive despite the many attacks on it.
If you are interested, come along – the Daktory will have an open day this Sunday from noon to 6 pm and an open evening next Wednesday from 7.30-10 pm. Entry is free for both – with a donation bucket if you are feeling generous – and there will be drinks and snacks for sale. All the facilities are still there for members to enjoy – the pool table, table tennis, table soccer, darts and more.
On Sunday we will be screening The Union: The Business of Getting High at 3 pm – an interesting and informative documentary about the cannabis industry. On Wednesday evening there will be an information session about bitcoins.
This is your opportunity to help keep the Daktory alive and to tell us what you would like to see happening at the club. If you have any suggestions for events, activities and improvements, please let us know.
If the Daktory has to close, then all the effort that went into keeping it open for the last three years will have been for nothing – and the law reform movement will lose an outstanding icon and a valuable centre for activism.
The Daktory will have to operate on a different basis than it has in the past. There will no longer be a dispensary, and people will not be able to consume cannabis on the premises. This is due to Dakta Green’s bail conditions – one of the “crimes” he is charged with is allowing the Daktory to be used for consumption of cannabis. If he is found to be in breach of bail, he could be put in jail until his trial, which will not take place until next year.
Of course you can always have a session before you come to the Daktory or go outside for a smoke like people do with cigarettes. And for your own protection, pleaase do not bring any weed into the building – just in case we get a visit from the local chapter of the Government Gang.
May 5th, 2011
Welcome to the first in a series of webshows featuring The Daktory:
The pilot episode of The Dak Show with Jazz features interviews with Dakta Worzel talking about Cannabis Prisoners of Prohibition, a support group for people imprisoned in New Zealand for cannabis only offences. Dakta Jazz talks to Dakta Green as well about his upcoming jury trial at Auckland District Court this Monday 9th May. Come along to the protest outside the Auckland District Court if you support Dakta Green and believe in justice. Make your voices heard!
February 18th, 2011
January 29th, 2011
Cut and pasted from here:
Ex-EastEnders star James Alexandrou was caught smoking cannabis by the tabloids when he left the soap. Now he wants to find out the truth about the most popular illegal drug in Britain, see the lengths people will go to get it and discover exactly where it comes from. In the first of two programmes, James looks at the effects of the drug on the streets of Britain, meeting a 17-year-old who smokes weed with his parents and a mum-of-three who uses cannabis to keep her emotions in check. He meets people who are growing cannabis illegally for themselves and goes out on patrol with a police drug squad as they clamp down on large-scale cannabis growers. He also travels to California, the first state in America to license cannabis for medicinal use.