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Kiwi Green, Tobacco And Other Little Pleasures

Thu, 18 Jul 2002

Press Release
Libertarianz

Kiwi Green, Tobacco And Life's Other Little Pleasures!

"The Greens have one thing right - legalize marijuana," says Libertarianz spokesman for Tobacco "and for life's other little pleasures" Joy Faulkner. "But," she says, they are also the biggest bunch of hypocrites on the campaign trail."

"Greens want to partake in their pleasure while knocking mine," says Faulkner. "They want to talk about personal freedom with one breath, while taxing the hell out of my pleasure with their next. Well," she smiles, "it's high time these irresponsible hypocrites were smoked out."

Faulkner points out that the Greens want the freedom to smoke what they like, but they want tobacco smokers and other taxpayers to pay for that freedom. "It is time that they acknowledged that if they want freedom, then they must be prepared to pay for it - they must be prepared to take responsibility for their actions."

Asked for an example, Faulkner points to the selective statistic-collecting by doctors "which put all the blame for man's ills on the the beleaguered tobacco smoker. Case in point: If I go to a doctor with a dose of Bronchitis I am asked if I smoke; this is the only 'lifestyle' question I am asked. I am not asked if I smoke marijuana. Anything ingested into the lungs can cause many things blamed on tobacco smoking - these statistics are a crock!"

Faulkner suggests that there are now as many people in this country smoking marijuana as tobacco, but no-one is asked that when attending a physician. "Tobacco smokers end up with the statistics though. How do we know that Maoris' poor health figures are not due to their statistically high use of marijuana? Answer: we don't, because they do not disclose this fact to their doctor because it is illegal. If we legalise all drugs then we can be clear about who and what is responsible for our afflictions and illnesses."

Libertarianz say we should legalise all drugs for consenting adults, at the same time as we ensure that those using these drugs take responsiblity for their own health. "Freedom and responsibility - one is a flipside of the other," concludes Faulkner.

It's enough to make you vote Libertarianz!

ENDS

For further information, please contact: Joy Faulkner Spokesman to Deregulate Tobacco & Life's Other Little Pleasures jfaulkne@ihug.co.nz (09) 2684251

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