Act supports decriminalisation of Cannabis

from NewstalkZb

Act leader Don Brash is calling for the decriminalisation of cannabis.

He says prohibition of the drug hasn’t worked, and policing it costs millions of tax payer dollars and clogs up the court system.

He’s told TVNZ’s Q&A programme there are other ways to restrict the use of marijuana.

“It’s estimated thousands of New Zealanders use cannabis on a fairly regular basis, 6,000 are prosecuted every year, a $100million of tax payers money is spent to police this law,” says My Brash.

Prohibition has never worked anywhere in the world.

I would go a whole step further and legalise it and tax it just like tobacco and alcohol. Then if you treat it just like alcohol and tobacco the Greens will lobby to control it through governmental means removing control from the gangs and other criminal elements.

Stoners now have two choices for meaningful change around cannabis law, the Greens and ACT. The more entrepreneurial drug dealer will support ACT probably and the stoner will support Greens, a win, win situation.


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  • Alex

    Well I firmly believe we do need to change our drug policy across the board, not just with dope. We need to recognise drug addiction as a medical problem, and get doctors to prescribe drugs and get people into rehabilitation treatment. To me it’s a bit like the case with HIV — you couldn’t help prevent it’s spread while homosexuality is illegal and discriminated against.

    That said, the cynic in me says this is just a desperate attempt by Brash to attract attention and seem relevant. Brash, along with Banks, are the right wing dinosaurs who need to be swept from the stables (for the record, most of the Labour caucus are dinosaurs who require similar treatment).

  • Richard McGrath

    @Alex: There are substitute drugs for some of the substances of addiction (opioids and alcohol) which can be used for detox (both) or maintenance (opioids). Medical treatment is available.

    This may be a desperate ploy by ACT, but I wouldn’t describe Don as a dinosaur. I think he is by and large a man of principle. Unfortunately not everyone in the ACT Party has principles.

    WO, don’t forget the Libertarianz Party who advocate the legalisation of trading in all drugs, starting with drug possession. If paracetamol and iron tablets, which can kill people in overdose (20 x 500 mg paracetamol is enough – less then one packet), are legal, why shouldn’t use of cannabis – which, to my knowledge has never killed anyone in overdose – also be legal.

    Trading in drugs should be subject to the Sale of Goods Act, etc., in the same way as other products. Under a Libz govt it would be taxed until such time as taxation was abolished.

  • McGrath, even water in certain quantities kills!
    (every year it seems Marathon runners die… due to too much water)

    Legalise it all and tax it I say! Thanks Brash for opening this discussion, let’s get some progress on it.

  • Spanishbride

    Thanks to my new job I have had my eyes opened to how it is for some teenagers not fortunate enough to have the kind of family my teenagers have.
    One boy hates Alcohol with a passion. He sees it as evil and the cause of all the problems in his family. He is a stoner because he associates alcohol with violence and cannabis with peace. He has to be the man of the house and take care of the so called adults as well as his younger siblings. I see a positive future for him because of his maturity but fear that the cannabis will rob his developing brain of all motivation by the time he is able to break free from the dysfunction that is his family.