Desperation is a stinky cologne: Dunne wants to reclassify Marijuana


Dunne envisions an Aotearoa where the drug trade is no longer controlled by gangs, but by the law – with licenced drug sellers able to cultivate and distribute tested and approved class C drugs such as cannabis.

He cautions he is not calling for the legalisation and decriminalisation of cannabis and other class C drugs, but rather a change to the way they’re classified.

Dancing on the head of a pin there.  

Dunne believes New Zealand could first move to the Portuguese method of drug control, where anyone caught with less than 10 days worth of drugs in their possession won’t be prosecuted, but will instead be fined and sent for treatment.

He said New Zealand could “relatively easily” move to a similar method in which Kiwis possessing less than seven days worth of class C drugs could avoid prosecution by going to treatment.

But this still would not solve the toxic environment in which gangs held the power in the drug trade, he said.

“I think there’s a public appetite for getting drugs out of control of the gangs.”

Peter Dunne has caused more Marijuana related misery in this country than anyone else outside of gangs.  First he inflicted synthetic dope on our families and neighbourhoods.  Then he refused to provide compassionate access to Marijuana-derived medication for people in severe pain because it won’t “cure” them, and merely make their last days more comfortable.

He knows he’s on the way out this time around.  So he needs to pick something that will get him media exposure.  Picking up the torch for quasi-decriminalisation of Marijuana is guaranteed some attention (he got it right here, right now).  But it doesn’t speak to his normal voters.   So it will not it earn him a larger party vote.

As both National and Labour have taken the position they won’t go anywhere near making changes around Marijuana, Dunne is quite safe to toy with it a little.  He’ll never be in a position where he’ll get to implement it.  Either because his coalition partners won’t support it, or because he has no coalition partners.


– NZ Herald

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