Australia: "Super Dope" Marijuana Scare Prompts Threats to Ban Bongs

An annual drug report that mentions the possibility that Vietnamese Australians have visited Canada to learn marijuana cultivation techniques has led to a new outbreak of Reefer Madness Down Under, as well as threats from the national and New South Wales government that they intend to ban bongs and other marijuana-smoking devices.

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soon to be banned in Australia?
"Police fear a new form of incredibly potent cannabis is destined to hit Australia," wrote the Herald Sun in breathless prose. "Vietnamese criminal gangs in Canada have developed a sophisticated method of growing the plant indoors all year round. It greatly increases both the yield and potency of the cannabis and drastically cuts back the growing time for each crop," the newspaper reported in article picked up by other Australian media outlets.

"The latest criminal intelligence suggests Australian-based Vietnamese drug dealers have traveled to Canada to learn how to cultivate this new brand of highly addictive cannabis," the Herald Sun continued. "They are expected to use the knowledge to grow and sell it in Australia. This new cannabis threat was revealed yesterday in the Australian Crime Commission's annual Illicit Drug Data Report."
All Headline News more concisely but equally trashily warned that "a new strand of marijuana could be landing on Australian soil which is stronger, supposed more addictive and easier to grow."

The Australian Crime Commission's Illicit Drug Data Report 2005-2006, released this month, was not nearly as dramatic. In its section on cannabis, on which the dire media accounts were based, the report noted:

The majority of cannabis consumed in Australia is domestically produced, with cultivation prolific in all states and territories. While large outdoor bush plots, ranging in size from one to tens of thousands of plants, remain common in some states and territories, the most commonly detected method of cultivating cannabis is through the use of hydroponics (or other enhanced indoor cultivation methods). These are usually detected within residential premises. Although the number of plants is typically lower for hydroponic cultivation, growing cannabis hydroponically means it can be grown all year round and produces a higher yield of 'head' or 'buds' in a shorter period of time.

These enhanced indoor cultivation methods have been refined by Vietnamese criminal groups in Canada to yield high potency cannabis (Royal Canadian Mounted Police, 2002). There are indications that some Vietnamese Australians have traveled to Canada to further their cultivation knowledge and skills. However, it is important to note that no single criminal group dominates cannabis cultivation or supply in Australia.

What both the commission and the newspapers are talking about is nothing more than "BC Bud," or, if grown in the US or Australia "kind bud," or high-THC content marijuana being grown indoors under high-power lights. Kind bud has long been grown Down Under by Australian pot connoisseurs, and the use of hydroponic or other indoor growing systems is also nothing new. In fact, Australia appears to be unique in its peculiar delusion that hydroponic marijuana is somehow different and more dangerous.

Not allowing themselves to be detoured by the facts, Australian politicians are jumping into the fray with proposals to fight the hydro menace by banning pot pipes. According to All Headline News, the New South Wales state government is considering such proposal.

And Radio Australia reported that the national government will consider such a paraphernalia ban in December. Federal Minister Christopher Pyne made the announcement at a meeting of the Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy in Adelaide Saturday. He said the government would also look at how to regulate the advertising of paraphernalia.

The fact that pipes can also be used to smoke tobacco should be no hindrance to a crackdown, he said. "Hiding behind the idea that some of these products might be used for legitimate products [and] legitimate practices flies in the face of common sense," Pyne said. "I think the mums and dads of Australia expect us to take firm action."

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Potency Myths

In the New Zealand Government Health Committee inquiry into public health strategies related to cannabis use 2003, the following information can be found:

"The ESR ( New Zealand Institute of Environmental Science and Research ) has concluded that there is no evidence of a significant general increase in cannabis potency over the past 25 years. An Australian study concurs with this view."

"According to the ESR research, hash oil potency itself is significantly lower now than it was 10 to 15 years ago"

"Given the risks associated with inhaling burnt plant matter, we recognise that the use of high-THC cannabis may have the effect of decreasing harm by reducing the amount of smoke inhaled by the user"

Download the full report at:
http://www.clerk.parliament.govt.nz/NR/rdonlyres/571B77EC-27CF-41AA-8364...

or follow the links from:
http://norml.org.nz

Bring on the superbuds!

Beer and vodka; bud and "kind bud"

I haven't smoked for years, but I remember the old Mexican pot and the good sensimilla--for the latter, it just took less to achieve the desired effect.

Kinda like beer and vodka--you need fewer ounces of vodka than beer to get a buzz, but that doesn't mean we should ban liquor.

BTW, I feel guilty about not donating money to DRCNet. I'll send them a few bucks to sustain ther good work if you will.

NSW Law

It seems curious that the media would report that the NSW government is considering banning bongs, given that they are already proscribed under the NSW Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985. Generally speaking, however, the requisite section of the Act seems not to be enforced, and bongs and other types of pie are often displayed openly at tobacconists. Of course, if the federal government follows suit, it will be more difficult for smokers to purchase paraphernalia... Guess they will have to make them themselves with a juice bottle and a length of hosepipe. Can't see this ill-conceived move producing the desired effect.

Funny

But it's the very people who support wars, killing, and certain other groups of people that are against pot-smoking. But I guess people who are peacefully smoking a joint don't make good killers....

funny

I think you have the kernal of truth with your comment that pot smokers don't make good killers has some validity considering the stance of "the west" concerning war and killing in general. It seems that the major concern is whether multinational corporations can "make a killing" is the real moot issue.

sick of it

to say we are criminals is crap. It is a right of passage as a man to stand for what he believes in,especially in the case of persecuting so many people who make the world go round, have u ever i mean ever seen a pollie do his job? its the biggest joke ive heard.
i mean wat in the 1800s it was crazy, now i go to jail? STUFF U GUYS, y could my great grandpappy get lifted and I CANT?
it would reverse greenhouse gas emmissions AND fix the economy, u can make a car outta hemp?!!! TRUE!!!
DAH Y DO I EVEN BOTHER ILL PROBABLY GET ARRESTED AND TORTURED FOR OPENING MY MOUTH,MAY AS WELL BE TO VOICE UR OPINION SHOULD BE ILLEGAL

i bid u good day sir
jesso.

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