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October 8th, 2012
On Saturday Dakta Green was a guest speaker at the Libertarianz annual conference, along with party founder Lindsay Perigo and Auckland councillor Dick Quax. Introduced as “a man of conviction and a man with many convictions,” Dakta Green spoke about his journey from National Party member to law reformer, his prison experiences, and his determination to keep fighting on behalf of the cannabis community.
The Libertarianz believe all drugs should be legal, they support voluntary euthanasia, and they want to reduce the size and scope of government. They have been on the political fringe, but their ideas are spreading – as shown by the campaigns of Ron Paul and Gary Johnson in the USA.
Open Days still open
We had a few people drop by on Sunday and a few more came by trying to buy cannabis – sorry, everyone, the dispensary is closed.
We will be open on Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons until further notice. Wednesdays from 7.30 to 10 pm, Sundays from noon to 6 pm. Come and talk to us – help us keep the Daktory alive.
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 Doug McLeod had a charge withdrawn – the charge of permitting premises to be used for consumption of cannabis.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 28th, 2012
Dakta Blaze had to go to court on Thursday on a charge of obstruction, after he closed the door behind him when talking to police last Friday. He and Dakta Green got to court at 8.30 am to find that the police had not got their paperwork together and nothing had been organised. After waiting around for three hours, they finally got a hearing and had the case put off till October 8, when Blaze is appearing on other charges.
This will be at Waitakere District Court, in Ratanui Street, Henderson. We hope that our friends can come to the court and show their support for Dakta Blaze and their outrage at the ridiculous waste of time and taxpayer’s money this case involves. Meet at 8.30 am.
Daktivists will be keeping the courts busy in the near future. On October 1 Dakta Green and Dakta Gizi are in Waitakere court for a call over for their charges arising from the June raid on the Daktory.
On October 5 Doug McLeod will appear in Waitakere court – he is charged with permitting premises to be used for smoking cannabis. This charge was laid because he was staying at the Daktory when it was raided, and he gave the club as his address.
We hope people can also come to this court hearing to protest the ongoing police harassment and time wasting. Meeting time for this protest is also 8.30 am. Doug might demonstrate his legendary solar cone – weather permitting.
Billy McKee’s sentencing date is October 29 in Palmerston North. It is possible that he could be sentenced to prison. Supporters are planning an all night vigil at the court on the night before his sentencing – further details to be advised.
It is important to keep up the pressure on the courts to let them know that the cannabis community will not tolerate the ongoing persecution and injustice directed at our people.
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.
April 3rd, 2010
My friend Dakta Grower (Brian Borland) is serving a sentence of 2 years 4 months in prison for cultivation and selling of cannabis. After serving one third of his sentence he has been denied early release when recently he appeared before the New Zealand Parole Board.
Would somebody in charge please explain why my friend is in jail.
I have received the following message from Dakta Grower;
“When a man is refused the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.” Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom
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March 29th, 2010
December 16th, 2009
YES WE CANNABIS and YES WE DID! The folks at the The Tax & Regulate Cannabis 2010 here in Oaksterdam California have gathered the 650,000 signatures necessary to put the legalization of marijuana on the November 2010 ballot! This major victory means Californians will be the first in the nation to decide whether they believe marijuana should be legal…taxed and regulated for all adults over 21.
Richard Lee, the president of Oaksterdam University, owner of the famous Coffeeshop Blue Sky, and major financial supporter of the initiative told Stuff Stoners Like, “California voters believe that our laws criminalizing marijuana have failed! 56% of Californian’s support legalization and the time for reform is now.” Read the rest of this entry »
December 14th, 2009
CANNABIS RIGHTS TRIAL NEXT MONDAY 21st December 2009. Auckland District Court.
In a legal first for New Zealand, The founder of The Daktory, New Zealand’s first Cannabis club will appear in court next Monday to argue that Cannabis laws are a breach of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990. The Daktory has been operating openly for the last year and has over two thousand members.
Dakta Green, will appear in court to argue for a stay of criminal proceedings following arrests made during decriminalisation protests held in 2007.
“I want the whole thing thrown out” said Dakta Green. “Alcohol causes more harm than cannabis but alcohol users are protected by law. Cannabis users are persecuted. The laws are discriminatory. They don’t work and they are unjust. Police and the Courts have got better things to do than chase after the likes of me and the 800,000 other people who smoke cannabis each year in New Zealand.”
Dakta Green, an experienced political campaigner, intends to pursue his claims all the way to the Supreme Court if he needs to. “We will never give up fighting for our rights as citizens.”
Arguing that cannabis laws are a breach of civil and human rights have never been tried before in a New Zealand court. If successful with his application, Dakta Green will set a ground breaking legal precedent.
December 2nd, 2009
Selling pot can now officially get you killed in Gaza City — by the government, that is.
Despite the area’s proud tradition of fine hashish (Blond Lebanese, anyone?) the Hamas-run government of Gaza has approved a law that will allow for the execution of “convicted drug dealers,” its attorney general said today, according to the Associated Press. Read the rest of this entry »