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Post Options Post Options   Quote Panterra Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 May 2020 at 22:03

Waikoa Island 2020 Letter-Writing Week FDC to UK,
with million-reis stamp added for aircraft special charter.


Now that the airlines have stopped running, senders often need to charter a plane to carry their letter.  This one demanded an extra million dollars, and the gullible sender paid up, so the silver and red ONE MILLION REIS stamp was affixed.

Note that the Maggie Mailbox stamps are the corrected spelling version, as you can see by the tête-bêche pair (since this variety does not occur on the sheets with the spelling error.)
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Waikoa Island 2020 Marijuana tax. 2019 fiscal stamp overprinted.

Waikoa Island issued this stamp in 2020 to gather tax on legal marijuana sales. The Rs 7.25 (= US $7.25) is the tax on a ½ ounce bag of cannabis sold (the most common commercial unit on the island.) The stamp is the Rs 7.25 of the 2019 fiscal issue with an appropriate overprint.

Cannabis was legalised for recreational use in Colorado, USA, in 2012, and in Waikoa Island in 2014. This year, in New Zealand, we have a referendum to vote on whether marijuana should be legalised. I urge everyone to vote in favour of this.

Most of us know friends or relatives who have been persecuted in the past, and often fined or jailed for the “crime” of having a natural herb in their pocket. Meanwhile, another person may have tobacco or sweets in their pocket, yet despite the enormous health risk from use of both sugar and tobacco, no crime is imputed to them! Queen Victoria is reported to have been a regular user of marijuana for medical issues (or maybe she just liked it to relax), so it was never banned in her day.

An elderly friend in Dunedin got six months in jail for this herb a few years back. Yet that same man devoted many years to safeguarding Kiwis by working in our navy. Ingratitude? I’m sure you know similar bizarre stories.

Why should our society continue to act like a dictatorship, in telling everyone what they can and can’t do with their own lives? In the past, people who spent their time telling others not to enjoy themselves were called “wowsers”. I doubt we need such bad advisers any more (if we ever did!) I suggest we all act firmly to get rid of this foolish ban on use of natural herbs now. Let’s legalise it, and let the police chase real criminals, rather than fake ones.

Cannabis should be a health issue, not a crime. One in twenty Kiwis use cannabis medicinally and need safe, legal and affordable access to natural cannabis as well as refined products.


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