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Invisiblezeta
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DRUG BOOKS EARN MAN $6000 FINE
    #1350403 - 03/04/03 04:49 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

New Zealand: Drug Books Earn Man $6000 Fine
URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v03/n333/a02.html
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Pubdate: Fri, 28 Feb 2003
Source: Daily News, The (New Zealand)
Copyright: 2003, Independent Newspapers Limited
Contact: editor@tnl.co.nz
Website: http://www.stuff.co.nz/inl/index/0,1008,0a1803,FF.html
Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/1056
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DRUG BOOKS EARN MAN $6000 FINE

John Setters loves studying how ancient cultures such as the Aztecs and Incas used drugs in their religious rites.

But yesterday his passion cost him dearly. The 32-year-old Tauranga man was fined in Tauranga District Court for importing drug-related books which the Customs Department said were objectionable.

The currency trader copped a $6000 fine after admitting eight Customs and Excise Act offences.

Setters had a fascination for Shamanism -- an ancient religion based on witchcraft -- and mind-altering plants for the past 15 years.

His passion also covered how ancient cultures such as the South American tribes, the Aztecs and Incas, combined drugs and religion.

Setters was charged after he used the internet to buy and import books discussing the cultivation, manufacture and use of drugs such as magic mushrooms, opium, cacti, methamphetamine and cannabis.

Crown prosecutor Simon Bridges told community magistrate Kevin Hurley that on January 21, 2002, a package addressed to Setters was intercepted at Auckland's International Mail Centre.

It contained seven books on a variety of drugs. Customs officers raided his home, found the books, and arrested him.

Mr Bridges gave a brief synopsis of each book, adding that Setters also had a vapourizer for smoking cannabis, and three cannabis plants in his yard.

Defence counsel Craig Tuck argued that five of the books were gardening-related, and said "the implication of sentence has an impact on all the citizens of this country".

The prosecution meant New Zealanders "can't read about a whole genus of mushroom, and can't read about ancient religions" and "much of the ( printed ) material is part of registered religions in the US".

Setters said he had no illegal intention when he ordered the books, but Mr Hurley fined him a total of $6000, plus court costs of $130.

Speaking outside the court, Setters said his convictions "set a dangerous precedent" and asked if "in 1000 years will it be illegal to have a Bible?".

"I'm sure people do it every week," he said, adding that Customs decided the books were illegal after he had paid for and received them.

He felt the law was "making people accountable for input and what goes into your head".

He had no interest in taking the Class A drugs the books discussed.

"The bits of no interest to me are what I'm being held responsible for," he said, adding that if he wanted to make methamphetamine "why would I get a book sent to my house when I can get the recipe off the internet?".





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Re: DRUG BOOKS EARN MAN $6000 FINE [Re: zeta]
    #1350411 - 03/04/03 04:53 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

New Zealand and Austriala are notorious for being tough on their "book laws" many people there will get fined/arrested if they have a copy of the anarchist cookbook or anything published by loompanics.

Its sad, but the law there strictly forbids such books.

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Re: DRUG BOOKS EARN MAN $6000 FINE [Re: Lana]
    #1350735 - 03/04/03 07:56 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

Thats sad
The only thing the anarchist cookbook could really do is teach you how to kill yourself.
It's a danger in the hands of a moron.
However no book should ever be banned unless for reasons of child porn or stuff along those lines.


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Re: DRUG BOOKS EARN MAN $6000 FINE [Re: zeta]
    #1351210 - 03/05/03 12:51 AM (13 years, 9 months ago)

And I thought NZ wasn't that bad about stuff like this? I guess I won't be able to obtain any books from Borders on the Magic Mushrooms of the World guides to help me properly identify shrooms in the wild and avoid picking poisonous shrooms. It's truly sad that information like this is illegal to possess! The whole "objectionable" claim is outrageous. Surely they should base that claim on whether it will cause harm to OTHERS, in the case of child porn being objectionable. Truly backwards.


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Re: DRUG BOOKS EARN MAN $6000 FINE [Re: zeta]
    #1351885 - 03/05/03 08:24 AM (13 years, 9 months ago)

.


Edited by TheHateCamel (12/05/07 11:04 PM)


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Re: DRUG BOOKS EARN MAN $6000 FINE [Re: Sheepish]
    #1360157 - 03/09/03 11:54 AM (13 years, 9 months ago)

Just when everyone here was talking bad about America banning bongs,New Zealand bans fucking BOOKS!! Paper and ink.I'm never going to New Zealand ever


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Re: DRUG BOOKS EARN MAN $6000 FINE [Re: Anonymous]
    #1360510 - 03/09/03 02:59 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

I know, I was really surprised to hear that some lame shit like that could happen here. But at least our headshops are still open!  :grin: 


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Re: DRUG BOOKS EARN MAN $6000 FINE [Re: Sheepish]
    #1361479 - 03/09/03 10:18 PM (13 years, 8 months ago)

Except that bongs/pipes were made illegal a few years ago.. :frown:


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Re: DRUG BOOKS EARN MAN $6000 FINE [Re: zeta]
    #1361623 - 03/10/03 01:36 AM (13 years, 8 months ago)

Yeah, but I can still buy a bong, I mean uhhh, ornament from a few shops around Auckland :wink: 


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Re: DRUG BOOKS EARN MAN $6000 FINE [Re: Sheepish]
    #1364266 - 03/10/03 11:30 PM (13 years, 8 months ago)

heh heh... "vase"


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Re: DRUG BOOKS EARN MAN $6000 FINE [Re: zeta]
    #1364334 - 03/11/03 01:00 AM (13 years, 8 months ago)

I swear Officer! It's a vase! See....the flower goes in here..... :wink: 


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Re: DRUG BOOKS EARN MAN $6000 FINE [Re: zeta]
    #1371331 - 03/13/03 04:53 AM (13 years, 8 months ago)

Wow! The Third Reich is alive and kicking! That sucks!
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