Peter Dunne

New Zealand starting to lag on medical marijuana front as Australia tackles it head-on

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Legislation to allow the cultivation of cannabis in Australia for medical or scientific purposes will be introduced by the Federal Government today.

The proposed amendments to the Narcotics Drugs Act 1967 would allow for cultivation through a national licensing and permit scheme. Read more »

Prissy Precious Peter actually is a ‘childish, foolish moron’

Peter Dunne hasn’t really been taken seriously since falling for the glad eye of a female reporter.

In fact he has become a political joke, with his grandstanding and preciousness. He is more of a liability to the government now than an asset.

His latest act of preciousness is hanging up on a talk show host.

United Future leader Peter Dunne has clashed with a radio host in a fiery on-air interview, being labelled a “childish moron” after abruptly hanging up.

Sparks flew during Dunne’s interview with Newstalk ZB Christchurch host Chris Lynch about “jihadi brides” on Friday morning.

Prime Minister John Key on Tuesday said New Zealand women were known to have taken part in “weddings” before heading to Islamic State (Isis) stronghold Syria, which pointed to the fact they were going as jihadi brides.

Key’s remarks came after SIS director Rebecca Kitteridge told Parliament’s intelligence and security committee there had been a rise in the number of young New Zealand women heading to Iraq and Syria.

However, Dunne has questioned the claims, saying the allegations could be aimed at “softening up” the public before an independent review into spy agencies is released.   Read more »

Here’s a worry: The left supports National’s RMA bill, the right doesn’t

The government has been slapping themselves on the back that they are going to get their RMA ‘reform’ through the parliament with Labour support.

Peter Dunne is problematic, but Act is now upset as well with the lacklustre reforms.

The Government has failed to get the backing of two of its support partners for major planning reforms but has still been able to progress the law changes with votes from the Maori Party and Labour.

The Act Party and United Future voted against the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill this afternoon at its first reading.

The long-awaited reforms aim to simplify planning rules and make them more consistent around the country, involve iwi more in planning decisions, and place greater emphasis on the supply of housing.   Read more »

Labour celebrates their first government 80 years ago – has one more party on the political Titanic

This weekend Labour celebrates the first time they formed a government 80 years ago. It is nearly their 100th birthday as well and there isn’t that much to celebrate.

A dinner to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the election of the first ever Labour Government will bring together a potentially explosive mix of people as some of the Rogernomes return to their original home for some reminiscing.

The dinner at Parliament is organised by current MP Stuart Nash, the grandson of the Prime Minister in the Second Labour Government: Sir Walter Nash.

It is to mark the anniversary of the election of the first Labour Government in 1935, under then Prime Minister Michael Joseph Savage.

The 100 guests attending include Sir Roger Douglas, the architect of the Rogernomics reforms who later founded the Act Party, and Michael Bassett, another backer of those reforms and minister of the fourth Labour Government. Sir Roger’s nemesis Jim Anderton was unable to attend.   Read more »

Peter Dunne must be so proud, fake cannabis is more dangerous than the real stuff

I really dislike Peter Dunne, for his pomposity, for his arrogance and for his dopey lawmaking.

Synthetic cannabis has caused a cluster of cases of near-unconsciousness and in one person seizures, says an emergency doctor who is now warning the public of the drugs’ risks.

Seventeen patients suffering the ill effects of using synthetic cannabis were brought to Waitakere Hospital’s emergency department over a period of five days this month. Brought in by family, friends or ambulance, they had to be monitored for several hours until the effects of the drug started wearing off.

“Many of these patients had low levels of consciousness and were near comatose, while one patient experienced seizures,” says Dr Kate Allan, associate clinical director of emergency care at the Waitemata District Health Board.

“The more typical presentations for synthetic cannabinoid use are high blood pressure, palpitations and negative effects on the mind, including anxiety and hallucinations.”    Read more »

Dunne v Smith. With two bumbling idiots, it’s hard to know who to root for

I’m torn, in a battle of the idiots these two are fairly evenly placed.

Richard Harman at Politik reports:

Environment Minister Nick Smith is not commenting on a lengthy blog post from United Future Leader Peter Dunne accusing him of having an “all or nothing” approach to Resource Management Act reform.

Mr Smith has consistently told POLITIK that he expects to have a Reform Bill in the House before the end of the year.

But to pass that Bill he will need support from ACT and the Maori Party at the very least.

If he can’t get support from the Maori Party — and they have yet to confirm their full support – then he would need Mr Dunne.

(In May the Maori Party told POLITIK they supported 95% of the proposed changes.)

But it appears that Mr Dunne has been left out of Mr Smith’s briefings on the Bill which has clearly angered him.

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Peter ‘The Jandal’ Dunne flip flops on Cannabis

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Peter Dunne just over a week ago was ridiculing changing the law regarding cannabis, his rationale was there was no market for it.

This week, after sniffing the changing winds on cannabis reform he is now a staunch advocate for changes.

Trials for medical marijuana should be encouraged despite “prejudice” from the medical profession, Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne says.

The debate over medical marijuana has sparked up after the Australian government announced a licensing scheme to allow the cultivation of cannabis for medical trial purposes this month.

And Mr Dunne says New Zealand was “highly likely” to follow suit if the trial products were approved.   Read more »

No market for it eh?

Peter Dunne reckons there is no market for medicinal cannabis.

He might well be right given the very few products that currently exist. But as something becomes legal that was once illegal it opens up all sorts of now legal product testing and creation.

Cannabis could help the body accept foreign organs during transplant operations, scientists have discovered.

The active ingredient in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, may help delay the rejection of incompatible organs.

It may, therefore, prove useful as an anti-rejection therapy, particularly in situations where transplanted organs may not be a perfect match.

However, researchers at the University of South Carolina, School of Medicine, do not advise transplant patients self-medicate with cannabis, and added people should only take the drug in compliance with all local, state and federal laws.

Dr Mitzi Nagarkatti, one of the researchers on the study, said: ‘We are excited to demonstrate for the first time, that cannabinoid receptors play an important role in the prolongation of rejection of a foreign graft by suppressing immune response in the recipient.

‘This opens up a new area of research that would lead to better approaches to prevent transplant rejection, as well as to treat other inflammatory diseases.’   Read more »

Dunne doesn’t want medical marijuana introduced because… the market isn’t big enough?

Peter Dunne has become an embarrassment.

He is now claiming that medical marijuana should not be introduced because there isn’t much of a market for it.

The use of medicinal cannabis in Australia is a step closer, with new laws being drawn up to allow the drug to be grown legally.

It’s being called a game changer for those with severe illness and it’s also raised the question – if Australia are doing it, should we?

Former union boss Helen Kelly is terminally ill with lung cancer. She has tumours in her hips, spine and brain and takes cannabis oil before she goes to bed to ease the pain.

“They hurt,” she says. “They hurt at night, and when I lie down I feel the aching and the cannabis oil works. It’s amazing.”

She is pleading with the Government to do more to help people like her.   Read more »

Don’t stop at under-secretaries…make the OIA apply to ALL of parliament

Peter Dunne has caused the government to lose another vote in parliament.

He really is a self-important tosspot. There is only a small number of times he is going to be allowed to get away with all this carry on.

The government has lost a vote in parliament, and a bill to bring ACT leader David Seymour under the Official Information Act has passed its first reading.

Mr Seymour is parliamentary under-secretary to the minister of education and is exempt from the OIA, as under-secretaries always have been.

Labour thinks he should be subject to the provisions of the OIA, and brought a member’s bill to parliament to change the law.

Government MPs opposed it. But United Future leader Peter Dunne backed it and on Wednesday night the bill passed its first reading by 61 votes to 60.

Labour MP Adrian Rurawhe drafted the bill and said the exemption was an anomaly.   Read more »