Swarbrick out of the gates last, retires broken 73-47

Chloe Swabrick’s poorly worded medicinal cannabis bill has been shot down comprehensively.

Green MP Chloe Swarbrick’s bill on medicinal cannabis has been stubbed out in Parliament tonight.

In an emotive debate at the first reading, the bill was voted down by 73 votes to 47 in a conscience vote.

All Green MPs, most Labour MPs and Act’s David Seymour supported the bill. The National Party opposed it – though it allowed MPs with strong feelings to cross the floor – and most if not all NZ First MPs voted against it.

The three grand-standing National MPs were Nikki Kaye, Chris Bishop and Erica Stanford. I can understand Nikki Kaye having “strong feelings” about this bill, having just fought off cancer. But the other two?

Chris Bishop for his part has demonstrated he can count, and he quietly changed his mind and opposed the bill at the last minute as did Erica Stanford, leaving Nikki Kaye stranded alone, which is why she probably decided to vote with the noes in the end. It makes you wonder why she pissed off her caucus colleagues by grand-standing in caucus over this in the first place. I also wonder when she will realise that the malign influence of Michelle Boag and her penchant for being a soaking wet liberal in the wrong party isn’t helping her.

The government still has their bill in the select committee process, here’s hoping that they can fix that bill so it is fit for purpose.


-NZ Herald

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