Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


United statement on cannabis misleading


United statement on cannabis misleading

Progressive MP Matt Robson says a press statement issued today in the name of United Future Outdoor MP Judy Turner on cannabis is misleading.

A statement was issued in Ms. Turner's name which implies that the government has been able to change the legal status of cannabis merely by "ministerial sign-off" but that somehow United has now stopped this possibility from happening in the future.

"There never was a possibility of a minister in this or any government merely signing-off on a change to the legal status of any drug, let alone cannabis!

"Parliament always had a vote on the legal status of drugs like cannabis.

“The existing mechanism to re-classify a substance under the Misuse of Drugs Act requires (1) expert advice, (2) ministerial acceptance, (3) an Order-in-Council that is required to go to the Health Select Committee and (4) any change must first win an affirmative resolution by a majority in Parliament. This is all set out in the Standing Orders.

"The Progressive Party opposes any change to the current illegal status of cannabis unless or until a broad consensus emerges in the scientific world that the drug poses no significant health risks.

"So long as a majority in our Parliament continue to share our pre-cautionary approach, then there will be no change to the illegal status of cannabis," Matt Robson said.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news