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Cannabis Armistice Rally – Saturday 11 November 2017

Cannabis Armistice Rally – Saturday 11 November 2017

AUCKLAND: Noon-2pm, Queen Street (Opposite Aotea Square)

WELLINGTON: Cenotaph (Parliament/Bowen St)

• Ninety years of cannabis prohibition – it’s time for change!

• Celebrate the new direction for drug policy with the new Government!

• Support our call for a moratorium on cannabis arrests until the referendum

• Free the Green Fairies – drop the charges against Rose Renton and others being prosecuted for medical cannabis

Saturday 11th November 2017 marks ninety years of cannabis prohibition in New Zealand, with the passage of the Dangerous Drugs Act on that day in 1927.

That law was designed to stamp out access to medical cannabis as well as hemp and all adult use. It was the start of our War on Drugs. Since then hundreds of thousands of people have been arrested and imprisoned for cannabis charges in New Zealand. We have one of the highest arrest rates in the world.

The new Labour-led Government will introduce legislation by February 2018 to legalise medical cannabis, and will hold a referendum to legalise personal use, at or by the next election in 2020.

But Police are still prosecuting several ‘Green Fairies’, accused of providing medical cannabis to patients who need it.

They are continuing to prosecute even after learning the compassionate medical circumstances, and despite the Law Commission calling for the police to have a compassionate scheme and exercise their discretion for medical cannabis.

Please come along and show your support for cannabis law reform under the new Government and join our call for a moratorium on further arrests, on the ninetieth anniversary of cannabis prohibition, this Armistice Day Saturday 11 November 2017.

Auckland program:

* Queen Street opposite Aotea Square
* 12:30 speeches begin
* 1pm moment of silence, wreath laying ceremony

Presented by NORML NZ & Auckland Patients Group, and associates.

Wellington program:

* At the cenotaph and parliament district, Bowen Street
* 11am moment of silence
* 12 noon relocate to parliament grounds

Presented by NORML NZ & Joint Action, and associates.

More information:

https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2017/cannabis-armistice-protest-90-years-of-prohibition/auckland

https://thedailyblog.co.nz/2017/11/09/happy-birthday-stupid-drug-laws-protest-90-years-of-cannabis-prohibition-sat-11-november/

https://norml.org.nz/2017/police-prosecuting-green-fairies-who-provide-medicinal-cannabis/

https://norml.org.nz/2017/new-zealand-govt-to-hold-cannabis-referendum/

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