NZ.. Cannabis Reform, Back To The Future?
Stuff.co is reporting that various MP’s have seen that a blanket ban post – referendum isn’t doing anybody any favours They report the following statements The cannabis referendum result doesn’t mean the end of reform Arena Williams (Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki, Ngāi Tahu, Ngāi Tūhoe) is the Labour MP for the Auckland electorate of Manurewa. She is a lawyer and mother of two. Stuart Smith is the National MP for the South Island electorate of Kaikōura. He comes from a Canterbury family that were fifth-generation sheep and deer farmers. He has three adult children. OPINION: Senior police say the annual cannabis eradication operation, costing $700,000, a year, does nothing to reduce the supply or raise the price of marijuana on the street and distracts from targeting gangs, guns and meth. If even police have doubts about the worth of combatting cannabis, should parliament commit to another cannabis referendum in the next 5 years to once more test public sentiment on the topic? An MP from each side of the house gives their views. UNKNOWN/SUPPLIED Arena Williams, Labour MP for Manurewa. Arena Williams, Labour MP Manurewa New Zealanders deserve an effective drugs regime that keeps people and communities safe, and protects against further harm. There is more work to do, but we are making good progress and we need to continue moving in that direction. The recent referendum result doesn’t mean the end of reform. There is more we can do – and are doing – to create an effective, evidence-based system. But we do need to make change carefully and cautiously to bring New Zealanders with us, as we continue to treat drug use and abuse as a health issue, not a criminal one. To reduce the social harm that was being caused, we introduced a statutory steer for authorities not to prosecute where…
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