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.