Vegane Mode am Pranger: Dämonisierung tierischer Produkte soll aufhören

Die „Mythen“ veganer Mode sollen entlarvt werden

Vor etwa einer Woche verkündigte das britische „Consumer Choice Center“ in einer Pressemeldung den Start der Kampagne #ChoiceInFashion: „Wir möchten die Verbraucher über tierische Materialien informieren und die Mythen und urbanen Legenden über vegane Mode entlarven, die von selbsternannten Tierschutzgruppen verbreitet werden.“ Die Konsumenten würden einem zunehmenden Druck ausgesetzt um tierische Produkte zu meiden, beklagt die Kampagne. Der CCC (der sich abkürzt wie die Clean Clothes Campaign) vertritt Verbraucher in über 100 Ländern und kämpft für die Erhaltung der Auswahl an Konsumgütern (nicht nur in der Mode) und gegen die zunehmende Regulierung. „Wir beobachten aufmerksam die regulatorischen Trends in Ottawa, Washington, Brüssel, Genf und anderen Hotspots der Regulierung und informieren und aktivieren die Verbraucher, um für den Fortbestand der Wahlmöglichkeit zu kämpfen“, heißt es weiter. Kurz: Die Dämonisierung tierischer Produkte soll aufhören!

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Global consumer advocate says legal pot is good for communities

The Consumer Choice Center is confirming what marijuana advocates have been saying for a long time.

It said smart regulation of cannabis will reduce violent crime and boost economic gains. Those are some of the findings in its policy paper on the regulation of cannabis.

“It is clear that legalizing cannabis for medical and recreational consumption has boosted consumer choice and, at the same time, successfully deterred continued crime and black market activity throughout North America,” said Toronto-based Consumer Choice North American Affairs Manager David Clement.

The center said the latest research demonstrates that legalizing cannabis helps reduce overall levels of violent crime, as has been the case in the State of Washington. According to researchers, medical marijuana laws in California were found to have reduced both violent and property crime by 20 per cent.

“We stress the importance of smart regulatory policy in each jurisdiction where it is considered, and pieced together important lessons and recommendations that policy-makers should heed in their next steps to create a legal and safe market for cannabis,” added Clement.

The center’s policy paper examines cannabis policy recommendations for retail regulations, public consumption laws, selling to non-residents, taxation, grower licences, and branding. Among them are opening private retail stores, allowing public consumption in the same places as tobacco, creating cannabis lounges and establishments, investing in educational resources for minors and at-risk consumers, keeping taxation reasonably low, and allowing public advertising and freedom of branding.

The Consumer Choice Center promotes economic freedom and empowers consumers to raise their voice. It said regulators keep regulating more and more areas of consumers’ lives, leading to less consumer choice and usually higher costs.

Originally published at https://blackburnnews.com/windsor/windsor-news/2019/01/28/global-consumer-advocate-says-legal-pot-good-communities/

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About David Clement

David Clement is the North American Affairs Manager for the Consumer Choice Center and is based out of Oakville, Ontario. David holds a BA in Political Science and a MA in International Relations from Wilfrid Laurier University. Previously, David was the Research Assistant to the Canada Research Chair in International Human Rights. David has been regularly featured on the CBC, Global News, The Toronto Star and various other major Canadian news outlets.

Conclave da Cannabis é realizado junto a Fórum Mundial em Davos

Com proposta de discutir a globalização, Fórum Econômico Mundial, em Davos, na Suíça, recebe a elite global, que terá a oportunidade de conversar com outra elite, a da maconha, em evento chamado Conclave da Cannabis.

Conclave da Cannabis

A elite global que está presente em Davos para o encontro anual do Fórum Econômico Mundial se junta a um novo grupo: a elite da maconha.

Um grupo de executivos de empresas e ex-políticos, todos envolvidos na florescente indústria da cannabis, participa do que está sendo anunciado com o primeiro “Conclave da Cannabis”, um encontro que será realizado em um restaurante alpino acessível apenas por teleférico.

Os participantes do evento serão capazes de “ouvir percepções dos principais executivos e investidores da cannabis enquanto desfrutam de um almoço suíço”.

Segundo artigo do Financial Post, entre os convidados para o almoço estão o ex-primeiro ministro israelense Ehud Barak, que é presidente da companhia de maconha medicinal InterCure, de Israel, e Bruce Linton, CEO da Canopy Growth Corp.

Este ano marca a primeira vez que os eventos de cannabis, atraindo membros proeminentes da indústria, estão sendo mantidos à margem do Fórum Econômico Mundial, um sinal de crescente legitimidade do setor global de maconha.

#PraCegoVer: arte de divulgação do evento onde pode-se o nome “Cannabis Conclave” em cinza azulado, ao centro e no topo, e, logo abaixo o texto “Davos, Switzerland, 24/01/2019” em branco; ao fundo vemos uma fotografia dos Alpes Suíços e seus vilarejos e, no rodapé, os logos dos patrocinadores.

O banco canadense de investimentos Canaccord Genuity, uma das primeiras empresas de investimento a se envolver em negociações de maconha, é co-patrocinador da Cannabis Conclave, junto com o Consumer Choice Center, organização sediada em Bruxelas que se autodenomina “uma organização de defesa do consumidor para mobilizar a geração do milênio contra uma regulamentação sobrecarregada que limita a escolha”.

Vários líderes da indústria presentes no Conclave da Cannabis também estão na programação para participarem de um segundo evento do setor de maconha chamado Canada Cannabis House, patrocinado por Canadian Securities Exchange e OTC Markets Group Inc.

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A new crowd is joining the world’s movers and shakers at Davos’ elite party this year — marijuana growers

The first ever ‘Cannabis Conclave’ — held at an alpine restaurant only accessible by cable car — is a sign of growing legitimacy for the business

The global elite are on their way to the Swiss alpine town of Davos for the World Economic Forum’s annual gathering, but this year a new group is joining the party: the cannabis elite.

A bevy of company executives and former politicians — all of whom are now involved in the burgeoning legal cannabis industry — are expected to attend what is being billed as the first ever “Cannabis Conclave,” a three-hour lunch at an alpine restaurant only accessible by cable car.

Attendees of the event at Restaurant Höhenweg will be able to “listen to insights by leading cannabis executives and investors while enjoying a three-course Swiss lunch” consisting of Swiss cheese pasta, meat fondue and “kaiserschmarrn” or fried pancakes.

Among those scheduled to appear at the lunch are former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak, who serves as chairman of the Israeli medical cannabis company InterCure, and Bruce Linton, CEO of Canopy Growth Corp. 

This year marks the first time that cannabis events, attracting prominent members of the industry, are being held on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum, a sign of growing legitimacy of the global marijuana sector.

Canadian investment bank Canaccord Genuity Corp. — one of the first investment firms to become involved in cannabis dealmaking — is a co-sponsor of Cannabis Conclave, along with the Consumer Choice Center, an organization based in Brussels that calls itself a “consumer rights organization to mobilize millennials against overburdensome regulation that limits choice.”

A number of the industry leaders present at the Cannabis Conclave are also scheduled to attend a second marijuana sector event called the Canada Cannabis House, sponsored by the Canadian Securities Exchange and OTC Markets Group Inc. — two stock exchanges on which the bulk of cannabis companies are listed.

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Cannabis elite descend on Davos to familiarize global elite with sector

A bevy of company executives and former politicians — all of whom are now involved in the burgeoning legal cannabis industry — are expected to attend what is being billed as the first ever “Cannabis Conclave,” a three-hour lunch at an alpine restaurant only accessible by cable car.

Attendees of the event at Restaurant Höhenweg will be able to “listen to insights by leading cannabis executives and investors while enjoying a three-course Swiss lunch” consisting of Swiss cheese pasta, meat fondue and “kaiserschmarrn” or fried pancakes.

Among those schedule to appear at the lunch are former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak, who serves as chairman of the Israeli medical cannabis company InterCure, and Bruce Linton, CEO of Canopy Growth Corp. 

This year marks the first time that cannabis events, attracting prominent members of the industry, are being held on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum, a sign of growing legitimacy of the global marijuana sector.

Canadian investment bank Canaccord Genuity Corp. — one of the first investment firms to become involved in cannabis dealmaking — is a co-sponsor of Cannabis Conclave, along with the Consumer Choice Center, an organization based in Brussels that calls itself a “consumer rights organization to mobilize millennials against overburdensome regulation that limits choice.”

A number of the industry leaders present at the Cannabis Conclave are also scheduled to attend a second marijuana sector event called the Canada Cannabis House, sponsored by the Canadian Securities Exchange and OTC Markets Group Inc. — two stock exchanges on which the bulk of cannabis companies are listed.

The Canada Cannabis House will take place as a series of speaking events over the course of three days, exploring everything from how to secure funding as a pot company to the potential that emerging cannabis markets such as Thailand and Malaysia hold for the sector.

Anthony ‘The Mooch’ Scaramucci will interview former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak, who is chairman of Israeli medical cannabis company InterCure

Other key cannabis industry figures participating in both events include: Kevin Murphy, the CEO of Acreage Holdings, one of the largest cannabis companies in the U.S.; Navdeep Dhaliwal, president of Supreme Cannabis, a Canadian licensed producer; and Saul Kaye, CEO of Israel Cannabis, who led the charge to get Israeli lawmakers to approve the export of medical cannabis.

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合法化後供不應求 大麻價格漲逾17%

負監督全球監管政策的消費者權益組織——消費者選擇中心(Consumer Choice Centre)的北美事務經理克萊門特(David Clement)表示,大麻價格上漲很正常,有兩個主要因素推高了大麻成本:稅收和缺乏競爭。

克萊門特表示,合法就代表要繳納省稅和聯邦稅,加上生產商的許可執照費用和固定開支成本,這些費用都轉嫁給最終用戶。他說:「執行大麻法案中的規則和條例,每年就要花費5億元,政府自然要從許可執照費上獲取收入來彌補開支。」

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About David Clement

David Clement is the North American Affairs Manager for the Consumer Choice Center and is based out of Oakville, Ontario. David holds a BA in Political Science and a MA in International Relations from Wilfrid Laurier University. Previously, David was the Research Assistant to the Canada Research Chair in International Human Rights. David has been regularly featured on the CBC, Global News, The Toronto Star and various other major Canadian news outlets.

Für die Freiheit der Konsumenten: Ein Interview mit Bill Wirtz

Bill Wirtz, ein Policy Analyst des Consumer Choice Center, spricht über die Gefahren, die vom Nanny State ausgehen.

Bill, Du arbeitest für den Consumer Choice Center (CCC). Kannst Du uns einen kurzen Überblick, darüber geben, was Euer Ziel ist?

Klar! Das Consumer Choice Center ist eine weltweit aktive Gruppe von Verbrauchern die sich für Wahlfreiheit einsetzt. Verantwortungsvolle Verbraucher soll man nicht bevormunden. Wir wissen, dass es Produkte gibt die gewisse Risiken haben, doch überbesteuern oder gar verbieten sollte man sie deswegen nicht. Unsere Mission ist es, Gesetzgeber davon zu überzeugen, evidenzbasierte und nicht-paternalistische Verbraucherpolitik zu betreiben.

„Consumer Choice“, also die freie Wahl für Konsumenten, hört sich ja generell ganz gut an. Doch kann es nicht auch nur ein Vorwand von großen Lobbykonzernen sein, ihr Eigeninteresse gegenüber der restlichen Bevölkerung durchzusetzen?

Manche unsere Positionen überschneiden sich ganz klar mit den Interessen von Unternehmen, und andere gar nicht. Ich kann mir beispielsweise schwer vorstellen, dass Taxiunternehmen besonders verzückt sind über unsere Befürwortung von Ride-Sharing-Unternehmen wie Uber. Wir arbeiten etwa auch mit Cannabis-Unternehmen zusammen, um Cannabis international legal und für Erwachsene erhältlich zu machen. Es geht also immer um die freie Wahl.

Gibt es bestimmte Produkte oder spezifische Gesetze, die Ihr besonders in den Vordergrund stellt?

Wir arbeiten auf mehreren Ebenen: Transport, digitaler Binnenmarkt, Diesel, Handelspolitik, Marken, Nutzung von Wissenschaft auf Politikebene, Weltgesundheitsorganisation und allgemeine Verbaucherartikel. Da ist jeweils viel Politik drin, die wir mit verschiedenen Interessengruppen, darunter auch Politikern, besprechen oder zu denen wir Veranstaltungen organisieren.

Was ist falsch daran, dass der Staat Produkte wie Alkohol, Tabak oder Schokolade verbietet beziehungsweise versucht, zu regulieren? Diese Produkte sind ja immerhin klar gesundheitsschädlich.

Ob es nun Alkohol, Zucker oder Tabak ist: Klar, verschiedene Produkte sollte man mit Vorsicht genießen, und im Wissen, dass sie schädlich sein können. Wir haben kein Interesse daran Verbrauchern zu sagen, diese wären gesund, denn das stimmt natürlich nicht. Zu sagen, dass man als informierter Verbraucher das Recht haben soll eigene Entscheidungen zu treffen ist nicht das gleiche als den Konsum selbst zu unterstützen. Mein Heimatland Luxemburg legalisiert demnächst Cannabis: Nur weil es legal ist, heißt das ja nicht, dass die Regierung zum Konsum aufruft. Bei Alkohol, Zucker und Tabak ist es das gleiche: Risiken kennen, individuelle Freiheit respektieren.

Wie versucht das CCC also, gegen diese Nanny State-Regulierungen und -Verbote vorzugehen?

Wir haben verschiedene Tools:

  • Öffentliche Statements: Pressemitteilungen, Meinungsartikel, Recherchearbeiten, Interviews, Videos, soziale Medien
  • Veranstaltungen: Rundtischgespräche und Vorlesungen
  • Politische Arbeit: Meetings mit Politikern und öffentliche Anhörungen

Was ist Eure größte Erfolgsgeschichte?

In den USA planten mehrere Senatoren eine Gesetzesänderung einzuführen, die Billigflüge praktisch unmöglich gemacht hätte. Der Vorschlag beinhaltete ein Verbot mit hinzukommenden Gebühren, also Extra-Services. Grundsätzlich hätte das bedeutet, dass jeder Fluggast immer ein Recht auf 20kg Gepäck, WLAN, oder rundum Stornierungsmöglichkeiten hätte haben können, was die Preise in die Höhe getrieben hätte. Innerhalb einer wenigen Wochen ist es uns gelungen, dem Vorschlag entgegenzuwirken und der Änderungsantrag wurde abgelehnt.

Danke für das Interview!

Originally published at https://peace-love-liberty.de/fuer-die-freiheit-der-konsumenten-ein-interview-mit-bill-wirtz/

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About Bill Wirtz

Bill Wirtz is policy analyst for the Consumer Choice Center, based in Brussels, Belgium. Originally from Luxembourg, his articles have appeared across the world in English, French, German, and Luxembourgish. He is Editor-in-Chief of Speak Freely, the blog of European Students for Liberty, a contributing editor for the Freedom Today Network and a regular contributor for the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE). He blogs regularly on his website in four languages.