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December 7th, 2012
December 7 2012
Apologies for the long delay since the last blog – it has been a time of struggle and uncertainty for everyone at the Daktory.
First of all, the Daktory is now closed. The effort to reopen part time did not generate enough interest to make it worthwhile. So a peaceful, friendly cannabis club that was enjoyed by thousands of people for three and a half years has been shut down by the police – no doubt acting under orders from Peter Dunne, the sinister and corrupt anti-cannabis United Future MP, or someone who looks just like him.
Since Dakta Green’s arrest in June he has had 14 visits from the police at the Daktory, doing “bail checks” – their term for harassment. The cops have also stopped Dakta Green in his car and also other people who have been seen leaving the Daktory, checking their driver’s licenses, registration, warrants of fitness etc. Traffic stop they call it. Harassment is an ugly word. They have made it clear that they want the Daktory to stay closed and Dakta Green to leave town.
The Daktory still gets visitors from out of town and out of the country. It is sad to have to turn them away – so if you are reading this and wanted to visit, go visit to your Member of Parliament or the equivalent in your country instead, and tell them to legalise cannabis and end the drug war. To purchase cannabis, see your local gang – they are still in business and not bothered by the police.
While the Daktory cannot continue in its present location, the concept behind it is not going to die. Plans are being made to re-establish the Daktory in a new location with a new format – watch this space for further details.
In the meantime, cannabis prohibition is slowly but surely crumbling worldwide, as a growing number of world leaders and celebrities speak out against it – the president of Colombia being one of the latest. Voters in the US states of Colorado and Washington have legalised cannabis for adults – it remains to be seen what hypocrite pothead Barack Obama will do about it. Polls * have shown that a majority of Americans now support legalising cannabis.
New Zealand remains stuck in the dark ages of prohibition. The government steadfastly ignores any attempt to even discuss an alternative to the current regime. But inevitably prohibition will fall like the Berlin wall – a corrupt and broken system cannot last forever.
October 24th, 2012
24 October 2012
Billy McKee is due to be sentenced on October 30 in Palmerston North on 5 charges of supplying and cultivating cannabis, after being entrapped by an undercover cop. He was found guilty by a jury who didn’t spend much time thinking about it.
Billy could face a prison sentence, home detention, or if he is really lucky, he could be convicted and discharged.
Supporters will be gathering in Palmerston North the day before Billy is sentenced. There will be an all night vigil in front of the courthouse the night before sentencing.
The vigil could well help Billy. Last year daktavists held a vigil for Peter Davy in Timaru – Peter is a medical cannabis user and grower who cares for his partner, who has advanced multiple sclerosis. She also uses medicinal cannabis. When Peter pleaded guilty to cultivation, the judge told him to prepare for prison and only reluctantly granted him bail prior to sentencing.
With protests going on at courts around the country, and the Timaru court filled with Peter’s supporters, the judge backed down from his hard line stance and Peter stayed out of prison.
Billy McKee was convicted because he wanted to help someone who – he thought – was suffering: an undercover cop who pretended to have severe migraines. Here’s hoping he gets severe migraines for real.
The more people Billy can get at his sentencing, the better. The plan is to meet in front of Palmerston North High Court at 4 pm on Monday, October 29 – the day before Billy’s sentencing. At 4.20 pm civil disobedience will take place, followed by an all-night candlelit vigil occupying the street in front of the court, so people will be there when the doors open at 9 am.
Following is a message from Billy:
“A big thank you for the support that I and others have received and continue to receive from a large group of determined activists. Many people freely gave help – still do – especially the core group who came down for earlier hearings and the three day trial. What an effort, standing ovation for them all.
That was a huge commitment being there in the freezing cold. What an inspiration to keep up the battle especially when I was under huge pressure to plead guilty and I nearly weakened a few times.
This support has enabled us to challenge the cannabis laws. The court battle is not over yet. I, at this stage, intend to appeal any sentence.
I am sure if we could challenge more cases and educate the jury about their rights as citizens to return not guilty verdicts in victimless cannabis cases (nullification) where there is clearly an injustice with the penalty far exceeding any possible harm from the crime. They cannot be penalised for this act of nullification, then we can force law changes.
The numbers and sympathy are on our side, the difficulty is in educating the jury. We tried flyers to the jury as they came in and it was a bit successful but we need to do better on that.
Another tactic that is worth considering is to defend yourself. This is risky but in my case worth it as I could not afford a lawyer anyway. They were hard to deal with and would not mention jury nullification.
By saying you will defend yourself the court appoints you a lawyer to help. (NB: at the discretion of the Judge) If anyone wants any advice on the above I would be happy to help.
This tactic is a bit of a gamble and a bit stressful but this is a war and we are suffering casualties with many victims losing a lot of money in the legal process as well as imprisonment and a career and travel halt.
Stephen McIntyre, a director for Green Cross in Auckland, is just one of many people in NZ who commit suicide which I firmly believe would not have happened had he been using cannabis.
I know this from when I have stopped using cannabis (ran out or trying to quit) and become very depressed and aggressive but as soon as I had a smoke I was a happy man again.
We will get law changes if we can keep up the pressure. It is happening worldwide so it will happen here but when is the question. Unity between us will bring that date forward. Look after your mates; support whoever is currently in the front line of this uneven battle.
A big thank you to you all. We have managed to get a lot of supportive media coverage because of our main supporters and all the others who have helped out whenever they could. We had donations from a lot of kind and generous people that have made it possible to fund a publicity campaign that will hopefully get a large crowd out.
Kia kaha my brothers and sisters of the herb.
Overgrow our needs.”
Billy McKee. Director for GreenCross.
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September 8th, 2012
The cops called it Operation Relief – targeting Billy McKee for helping sick people who need cannabis. An undercover slimeball who’s name has been removed due to a complaint under the privacy act, so we’ll call him Officer “Fuck-you”* contacted Billy through the Green Cross website. He pretended to suffer from severe migraines. Billy had a family member who had severe migraines and eventually died from a brain tumor – so he was genuinely concerned about Officer “Fuck-you”* and wanted to help him.
As a result of trying to provide help to someone he believed to be a genuine medical cannabis user, Billy was convicted of supplying and cultivating cannabis – another injustice of prohibition to add to a list that is already far too long.
Supporters gather in front of Palmerston North courthouse at 9am. People have come from Auckland, Hawkes Bay, Waihi, Ohura, Wellington and Golden Bay, joined by a few locals – about 20 people altogether. It is raining and cold.
The parking system in the centre of town takes some getting used to. There are sensors in the pavement that activate as soon as a car drives into a parking space. You get 5 minutes grace to find change to feed the meter. You get a maximum 2 hours parking, then you have to move – pull out, count to 10, pull back in, feed meter again, repeat as often as necessary.
Going to court always involves lots of waiting around. The jury was selected by 1pm, then court adjourned until 2.15. So we hung around the courthouse, holding signs and engaging in some daktivist civil disobedience.
Marnz and Rob did a wonderful job keeping a steady supply of coffee and hot chocolate on the go, under difficult circumstances. It was greatly appreciated.
Doug McLeod provided some light entertainment, calling out “Cannabis for sale! Hashish for sale!” at regular intervals, especially whenever cops appeared. The cops ignored him, but a prosecutor complained about this and the joints to court staff, who in turn complained to Steve Wilkinson, because he was wearing a suit. This achieved nothing apart from making the prosecutor look like an idiot.
2.15pm – everybody goes back to the courtroom. At 2.25 Judge Barbara Morris appears and says a verdict is expected in another trial any minute – this is the trial that was supposed to finish the week before. Court adjourned till 3.30, hanging about resumes.
3.30pm – the trial starts at last, with a long spiel from the judge to the jury about what they are supposed to do. Then it was the turn of prosecutor Andrea Read, a blonde bitch who looked and sounded like she could have been a Nazi concentration camp guard in a past life.
When she is finished, all us spectators are kicked out so
XXXXXX and his “controller”, detective sergeant XXXXXX, can give their testimony in secret. More hanging around outside court, more joints go around.
A bitterly cold day with strong winds and intermittent rain. There are windfarms on the hills outside town and no wonder – the place is a wind tunnel. Nobody could stay outside the court very long in those conditions.
More secret testimony and adjournments. In the afternoon constable Brendan O’Brien testified, taking a long time to answer some of the questions.
At this stage we had been moved to courtroom 1, which has glass barriers in front of the public gallery, making it hard to hear. Lurking around the courtroom was Richard Morse, the detective in charge of Operation Relief – another shaven headed cop scumbag. What is it with cops shaving their heads? Do they think it makes them look tough?
The rain has stopped, the wind is still blowing, and there is enough sun out for Doug to spark up one of his solar cones.
Time for closing statements. Prosecutor bitch says: “This trial is not about reforming the cannabis laws. This is about abiding by the laws. It is not about an individual’s perception of right and wrong.” – and more along those lines.
Then it is Billy’s turn. He started to talk about how other people had access to the space where plants were found, but the judge would not allow this as it had not already been admitted as evidence.
Billy showed the jury bottles of hemp seed oil and talked about the hit and run that caused him to lose his leg. He discussed the PTSD he has suffered since then and the negative side effects of pharmaceutical medicines he had been prescribed – in contrast to cannabis, which has helped him cope.
He had time to refer to evidence based studies which have recommended law reform, his activities with Green Cross, and the personal cost to him of being prosecuted, before the judge cut him off.
“Your job is to apply the law as it stands,” Judge Morris told the jury. She also pointed out that entrapment is not a defense – a flaw in the law which allows cops to set people up like they did to Billy.
As the jury retired, Billy called out, “A not guilty verdict can change the law.”
It didn’t help. The jury came back within 2 hours with their verdict: guilty on all 5 charges. Useless bastards.
Billy’s sentencing will be on October 30 in Palmerston North. Plans are being made for an all night vigil at the court the night before sentencing. Further details will be posted here.
Some names in this article have been blanked out in accordance with Privacy Act 1993 Section 6
August 29th, 2012
On September 3 Billy McKee’s trial begins in Palmerston North at 9.00am. It may last two days or more.
Billy is a long time medical cannabis activist who has helped many people over the years. He has been one of the mainstays of Green Cross and is a medical user himself. Cannabis helps him manage the chronic pain he has as a result of an accident many years ago when he lost a leg. He was deliberately knocked off his motorcycle by a drunk driver. It also helps him to manage the post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) this has caused.
Billy was targeted by an undercover cop who pretended to suffer from severe migraines which can be a sign of brain tumours which are often fatal after a lot of pain and expense. Billy is a warm hearted, helpful person and thought he was helping this younger man. Well, he was – helping him notch up an arrest, which might help our undercover hero move up the career ladder in the pigocracy.
Now Billy is changed with supplying cannabis and could be facing a prison term. Supporters from around the country will gather at the court in Palmerston North on September 3 to show solidarity with Billy and to protest the ongoing injustice of prohibition. The court is on Main Street near the central square.
To send a message of support or for information on the protest, email email@example.com or facebbook Billy Mckee.
March 19th, 2012
Some of you know Billy McKee – for those who don’t, Billy is a co-ordinator and spokesman for Green Cross. He has been a cannabis activist for many years and is a true hero of the cannabis movement.
In his Green Cross role he has helped many people who need cannabis for medical reasons. Billy is a medical user himself – he lost a leg when a drunk driver knocked him off his motorcycle, and he relies on the herb for pain relief.
Last year Billy was arrested thanks to a scumbag undercover cop who pretended to be a medical cannabis patient. He has been charged with supply and his trial is scheduled for August 27 in Palmerston North. It will be a jury trial and Billy intends to plead not guilty.
Billy says, “I have a good chance of getting a not guilty verdict from the jury which will send a strong message to paliament in regards to medicinal cannabis. This will make life easier for a lot of us. My main problem is paying for a decent lawyer.”
Anyone who wants to help Billy with his case can make a donation or regular AP to Green Cross. The bank account is 38-9006-0329027-00.
Billy’s next court appearance is a pre-trial hearing on May 23 in Palmerston North. It would be wonderful if some people could spare the time to travel there and support Billy. Who knows, the Cannabus might even be able to make the trip.
The supply situation has begun to improve as outdoor produce starts0 to arrive. It is still patchy but we hope the worst of the drought is over.
July 8th, 2011
Incase you missed it, you can view it here.
The coverage on New Zealand TV is continuing to grow. Yesterday, Metiria Turei went on TV3′s morning news show to talk about medicinal cannabis, after Peter Davy was given 6 months home detention.
Next up, is a documentary that takes a look at the pros and cons of a change in the law.
Inside New Zealand: High Time? … 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.
The rest of the article can be read at throng.co.nz
The documentary was filmed in part by Red Eye Productions, the valued Daktory film crew. However, they did not edit it.
Red Eye Productions have been unable to get a hold of the final cut. “The feature film will present the truth if the TV Show doesn’t,” a member told me earlier.
Image by Yair Karelic
April 21st, 2011
CANNABIS CULTURE – The Government of Canada will appeal an Ontario court’s ruling that struck down the country’s marijuana laws as unconstitutional.
Matt Mernagh, the med-pot user at the center of a historic court battle over the country’s medical marijuana laws, says he has been served his notice of appeal in the case.
“I received a phone call from the Crown prosecutor today,” Mernagh told Cannabis Culture earlier this afternoon. “He offered his congratulations on the case and told me to get ready for the appeal.” Read the rest of this entry »
March 12th, 2011
If you thought M*A*S*H* ran for ages, the war on drugs continues at triple the running length with no end in sight. Over 36 years and we’re no closer to a ceasefire from the state than we were in Muldoon’s day. The police continue to wield the Misuse of Drugs Act as a tool of oppression and collateral damage.
What’s a pacifist to do in a war zone? Render aid.
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February 20th, 2011
My name is Peter Davy and I am 51 years old. I pleaded guilty in Timaru Court (New Zealand) to cultivation of cannabis and associated charges. The judge told me to expect a prison sentence on March 16th when I go up for sentencing because it is about the fifth time I have been convicted. I have cancer and I am 24 hour caregiver for my partner who has advanced Multiple Sclerosis. She is dying and will die without me. I am not trying to use her an excuse however… this is my crusade not hers…. just pointing out the facts… as in the complete lack of empathy and compassion in our present justice system. Read the rest of this entry »