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

 

The Opportunities Party releases cannabis reform policy

The Opportunities Party releases cannabis reform policy

NORML welcomes the release of The Opportunities Party's "real deal" cannabis policy and says TOP have upped the ante for other parties to now get more specific with what exactly they will do.

TOP proposes to have make cannabis legal with a minimum age of purchase of 20, allow adults to grow up to two plants each, prohibit advertising, and license non-profit charitable trusts to control retail sales of cannabis, in a similar manner to alcohol licensing trusts.

"This is the most well developed policy for legalising cannabis of any party," said Chris Fowlie, president of NORML NZ Inc. "It has a strong public health focus and attempts to learn from failings of other laws, such as around alcohol, tobacco and synthetics. However natural cannabis is safer than those drugs and should be less restricted."

"It's good to see them making an attempt at an evidence-based conversation," said Rebecca Reider, award-winning medical cannabis activist and patient. "However, particularly for medicinal users, a higher allowance of plants is needed."

While commending the TOP policy to have non-profit charitable trusts to control retail sales of cannabis, Dr Geoff Noller, a board member of NORML and drug policy consultant, warned that failures implementing the Psychoactive Substances Act allowed "some very shonky retailers allowed to continue in the market place."

The Opportunties Party has joined the growing number of New Zealand political parties adopting pro-reform stances on cannabis, such as Labour, the Green Party, ACT, Maori Party, NZ First, United Future and the Cannabis Party.

--ENDS--



© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

PM Announces Royal Commission Into Christchurch Attacks

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced that there will be a Royal Commission of Inquiry into security agencies following the Christchurch terrorist attacks... The inquiry will look at what could or should have been done to prevent the attack, Ms Ardern said. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Ridding The Net Of White Supremacist Propaganda

Although it won’t be a walk in the park, gun law reform will be an easier job than neutralising the Internet hate content that (a) recruited the Christchurch shooter, and (b) confirmed him in his beliefs. More>>

Friday: National Remembrance Service

A National Remembrance Service for the victims of the Christchurch mosques terrorist attack, and all those affected by it, will be held at 10am on Friday 29 March, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced. More>>

SCOOP COVERAGE: CHRISTCHURCH MOSQUES TERROR ATTACK
For the Latest: Scoop Search - Christchurch
 

Gordon Campbell: On The School Climate Strike

Locally, the school strike has won a ton of support for bringing climate change to the fore. Yet the strikers don't want mere expressions of support. They want action. More>>

ALSO:

"Grabbed And Struck In The Face": Greens Co-Leader Attacked While Walking To Work

Green Party co-leader James Shaw was the victim of an unprovoked attack when he was walking to work in Wellington. More>>

ALSO:

████████ ████ ███: Latest OIA Statistics Released

The latest statistics cover 110 agencies that collectively completed 18,106 official information requests between July and December 2018, a 16.4% increase on the 15,551 requests for the previous six months. More>>

ALSO:

'Hit And Run' Inquiry: New Legal Action Over Secrecy

The lawyer representing the Afghan villagers in the inquiry into Operation Burnham has launched legal proceedings calling for a judicial review in the investigation. More>>

ALSO:

From Hydro Plan To...: Mokihinui River Land To Join Kahurangi National Park

A total of 64,400 hectares of conservation land in the Mokihinui River catchment on the West Coast north of Westport, including 15 km of riverbed, is being added to Kahurangi National Park. “Adding this area, roughly half the size of Auckland City, to Kahurangi is the largest addition of land to an existing national park in New Zealand’s history,” Eugenie Sage said. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels