LIVE from 9.15: #SluggerTalks to Shane O’Donnell of “Cannabis Is Safer Than Alcohol”

This video will go live at 9.15. For those of you who will have already watched Shane’s introductory video you will know he’s no professional politician, and his pitch is far from conventional. Indeed, he only recently joined CISTA.

The reaction on Slugger (which I should say is not necessarily representative of wider opinion) has been pretty positive. But what would really help us in the conversation is for you to give us some hard and challenging questions for Shane this morning.

You should be able to do that either by commenting below, or if you have a Google Plus account (it should also work for YouTube and Gmail account holders) you ought to be able to lodge questions through the Q&A app via the YouTube window above.

The conversation will last half an hour and will only be as interesting as the questions allow. So do get involved by pitching in your ideas!!

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  • Niall Chapman

    Where I live the Government allows people to grow 3 Marijuana/Cannabis plants per year (Sativa or Indica).

    If people can’t be bothered to deal with the upkeep of growing their own they can pay to join an “Association”.

    The association charges a yearly fee (5/10 euros) and grows the persons yearly allowance for them (and sells it to them for a fairly low price)

    Legally people cannot take their marijuana from the premises so the better “Associations” also have bars, sell coffee, food, have sofas, video-games pool tables etc

    Its not a perfect system because a lot of people want to smoke at home so break the law and take the product from the premises, which can lead to the places being shutdown.

    So as I said its not perfect but its pretty close, and a good starting point

  • Nevin

    “a [Royal] Commission whose report is utterly binding on a democratically elected government” [5m 18s] .. Mick

    But is it? As I understand it, the Government sets the terms of reference – the Commission has huge powers of investigation – it makes recommendations – the Government in power can accept none, some or all of the recommendations and act upon them – the Commission can be decommissioned if a higher court decides it is operating beyond its remit. If I’m right, a Commission has no binding authority on any government.

  • Jason Johnson

    Sounds like an organised party. Sensible reform, as has happened in the US, is likely at some stage and this crew could be the ones to spearhead it.

    Can’t say I’ve ever heard a persuasive argument against controlled, legal use of this largely inoffensive drug. What is a bad idea is to leave it in the hands of criminals who are racing each other unchecked to bring out stronger and stronger versions.

    There would of course be a massive fuss in NI about the idea of decriminalising a drug associated with social joy and free thinking. Gay cake and space cake will both be part of the same outrageous onslaught on decency to some people, but that’s theocracy for you. Sorry, democracy.

  • Niall Chapman
  • Mirrorballman

    Legalise and tax it – Put all tax profits into a special Mental Health fund. Simples….

  • Sir Rantsalot

    Cannabis is certainly safer than booze, plenty of research online. But both are dangerous and harmful unless taken in moderation. Too much of either gives physical illnesses and also mental illness.

    As they said in the olden days – ‘Everything in moderation.’