Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Mild Greens Back Police Restructure

Mild Greens say that discussions on a range of “cost savings measures” for the NZ Police should start with removing the inequitable prohibition on cannabis - and redundancy of at least half the police force.

Blair Anderson and Kevin O’Connell were critical of Police Minister Hawkins for not advocating his government’s “drug law reform” position, recognising that prohibition was corrupt and unsustainable.

Police are on the most powerful grift in New Zealand, thanks to the trouble and criminality of the black market. New Zealanders illegally consume in the range of 100 to 200 tonnes of ganja, every year - and the police have unmistakable self-interest in the earnings to be made from prohibition.

There was a compelling link between the criminal enforcement of marijuana and the resources required for crime prevention ( 7:1 resourcing ratio : Professor Pennington - Premier’s Drugs Advisory Council & Raymond Kendall - INTERPOL, 1996).

“Prohibition does not have a positive effect on human behaviour - or public expenditure.”

Labour made a resolution at its 1998 conference to undertake a commission of inquiry into the laws pertaining to the growth, possession and consumption of marijuana. “The commission of inquiry should look into the criminal, social and economic consequences of such growth, possession and consumption of marijuana. It should also take into account overseas experiences.” (see: http://www.alcp.org.nz/remit.jpg)

In a resounding show of political correctness, cannabis law reform was absent from Labour’s annual conference last weekend, despite the issue being open for submissions, and requiring resolution in this Parliamentary term.

The Mild Greens advocate a science strategy for cannabis related harm minimisation - and have asked Science Minister Pete Hodgeson for its implementation.

The failure to move beyond prohibition is a crime against the community, say the Mild Greens.

Blair Anderson, Kevin O'Connell - ph 643 389 4065

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Tax Working Group’s Road Map

Trying to analyse the interim report on the Tax Working Group (TWG) is like trying to review an entire All Blacks game, but at the half- time mark.

With so much still to be finalised, Sir Michael Cullen and his colleagues are going to need all the All Blacks’ fabled finishing skills to get a coherent, fiscally neutral package together by the February 2019 deadline. More>>


Meth Testing Report: Housing NZ "To Right Wrong"

Phil Twyford “Housing NZ acknowledges that around 800 tenants suffered by either losing their tenancies, losing their possessions, being suspended from the public housing waiting list, negative effects on their credit ratings or, in the worst cases, being made homeless.” More>>


No Reshuffle: Meka Whaitiri Removed As A Minister

Meka Whaitiri will be removed as a Minister with immediate effect... The decision was made after receiving a report into an incident that occurred on 27 August in Gisborne, involving Meka Whaitiri and one of her staff. More>>


Pay Equity Bill: Making History For Women’s Pay

The Equal Pay Amendment Bill, introduced to the House today, will make it easier for workers to make a pay equity claim , using a more simple and accessible process within New Zealand’s existing bargaining framework. More>>


Suffrage 125: NZ A Trailblazer For Women

“We acknowledge the work of Kate Sheppard, Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia, and all of the suffragists who tirelessly campaigned for the vote… Today we also need to ask each other: how we can continue to make our country a fairer and better place to continue the legacy of the suffragists.” More>>


Asylum: Refugee Quota Increasing To 1500

“The quota increase will take place from July 2020. In the meantime, we will work to increase the number and spread of refugee resettlement and support services. We need to make sure we’re prepared for this change in policy.” More>>





InfoPages News Channels