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Death Sentence for a Medical Cannabis User

Don't let New Zealand kill Peter Davy.

Peter Davy
Peter Davy

(AUCKLAND / SALEM) - A 51-year old cancer patient is facing his end days over New Zealand's so-called legal justice system. The injustice is palpable and it won't take out one struggling human being, but two.

Peter Davy

Peter Davy, a Medical Cannabis user, was arrested for growing marijuana plants in his garden; plants that have kept him alive as he's waged a 10 year battle with cancer. A judge in New Zealand says Davy is going to prison for growing the plants that have spared his life. Without cannabis he doesn't have a life.

Davy said, "I want to make it clear that I will be going on a hunger strike the moment I am given a prison sentence and I absolutely do not want to be force fed under any circumstances. I will also be refusing all cancer medication. I am 100% committed to continuing with a hunger strike until I am dead."

His spirit hearkens back to the days if the Irish Republican Army (IRA); when Bobby Sands refused to give into the British terrorist state and ultimately died of starvation in one of the harshest kinds of death.

And Like Sands, who knew he was forced to take the ultimate stand, he has every bloody right to be pissed off. Adding to Peter Davy's problems, is the fact that his life partner suffers from Multiple Sclerosis and Peter is her care provider. 39-year old Tracey Perrin, says that while she does not smoke marijuana, she completely supports its medical use, and was convinced Davy would carry out the hunger strike.

Tracey said, "Having that Irish blood in him, he is stubborn, which terrifies me. I don't want to lose my best friend."

She continued, "He is my carer, I am confined to a wheelchair and need 24-hour care. If he goes to prison I will have to go to a rest home to be cared for and will lose my home and my possessions."

New Zealand is willing to let them die.

Why? Because the country's laws are on a par with those of the United States. American officials are perfectly clear that they do not want to save the lives of their countrymen; instead preferring to maintain the illegal status of a natural plant. Officials in Auckland are willing to follow suit.

He explains, "My partner has advanced Multiple Sclerosis and I am her 24-hour caregiver.  She is dying and will die without me."

Peter has cultivated cannabis in New Zealand for medical purposes and along the way, has extensively researched the breeding of rare cannabis strains for these specific medical conditions, his friend Mark DJ Aldiss in New Zealand explains.

On 15 February 2011 Peter Davey 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 the fifth time I have been convicted."

And there is no cannabis, even for a cancer patient, in prison. That is because, like the U.S., New Zealand maintains an archaic set of laws that criminalize possession of this natural life-saving plant.

Medical Marijuana; a story of oppression and unfair laws designed to favor and promote business and police 'job security' interests above those of human beings facing their ultimate moment of suffering; watching their chances for survival fly out of a courtroom window.

You see in New Zealand, there is still a spirit among police, trained with bad information, that tells them arresting marijuana users is a victory, a score. It is not.

To set that point straight; marijuana users are at best, kindergartners among criminals. Rather than addressing real problems, police who nab pot users do so because it is easy and it isn't dangerous.

Police busting people for a plant God placed on the earth are each and every single time, allowing a crime to occur against an innocent person, a child. Investigating these egregious crimes takes time and money and they are often unaddressed because police care about busting pot users; in this case a man who had no choice but to use it.

Think about it, there are real criminals in our world society. They want to rob you, rape you, steal your children and sell them on the slave market; there are horrible human beings circulating and every minute police use expensive taxpayer resources to arrest a marijuana user, they are not just allowing, but encouraging real and actual crimes against your family and your friends.

What a joke, and it all relies on false propaganda and law enforcement priorities that reflect a braindead mentality. It is no wonder people are so quickly losing faith in police.

Peter Davy attributes the matter to, "a police force that continually lies to make themselves look good, and the complete lack of empathy and compassion in our present justice system."

Peter's friend Mark DJ Aldiss set up another site, that includes some of Peter's words and links, and some of Mark's as well.

Peter Reynolds is another friend of Peter's in New Zealand. He has written extensively about the debate over drug laws in the House of Lords and he has also indulged the subject of his friend. I suggest his article titled: Medicinal Cannabis And Its Impact On Human Health

More at: Catch the UK house of Lords TV of their discussion about changing the whole way drugs are dealt with in the UK - there is a link on Mark's site

Mark DJ Aldiss concluded our discussion today by saying, "It is sad and not right that two people end up where they are when it could be such a peaceful time for them." Amen to that.

New Zealand News Editors: this story is available to republish with attribution.

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Anonymous April 6, 2011 3:35 am (Pacific time)

the laws need to change now innocent people are getting hurt for a plant that does more good than any medication made buy man lets get together and make the government think about what they are doing what ever it takes

dean5371 April 6, 2011 3:33 am (Pacific time)

hey peter iam from the uk south wales and there are a lot of people who smoke and grow as they are ill we are all devastated to hear about this difficult and draconian predicament your in we are going to make banners and write letters to our goverment and you have our deepest sympathy is there any thing that we can do mail me at dean il start on the posters today all the best in coart mate and peace love and mary jane

Brandt March 15, 2011 6:58 pm (Pacific time)

Marijuana is the safest drug with actual benefits for the user as opposed to alcohol which is dangerous, causes addiction, birth defects, and affects literally every organ in the body. Groups are organizing all over the country to speak their minds on reforming pot laws. I drew up a very cool poster for the cause which you can check out on my artist’s blog at Drop in and let me know what you think!

Colleen McCool March 14, 2011 7:41 pm (Pacific time)

What a travesty of justice the war on some drugs is!

It is morally bankrupt to punish nonviolent adults for making a safer health choice, cannabis or marijuana, compared to other medicinal/social drugs.

Less than 1% of the US are actually addicts and it's probably the same for New Zealand. Treatment is seven times less expensive than prison. Change to ethical policy and show fiscal responsibility; use resources to catch more violent and sexual predators or incarcerate more of those morally bankrupt, who sell drugs to children or drive intoxicated.

Save lives instead of ruining them. Get tough on violent crime! Restore Justice, the guardian of liberty!

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