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Maki Herbert stands in Northland by-election

Maki Herbert stands in Northland by-election

The Cannabis Party is pleased to announce its candidate for the Northland by-election.

Maki Herbert is a mother and grandmother who lives and works on her family farm in the Hokianga.

This is the third time Maki has represented the Cannabis Party. She also stood in the 2008 general election and the 2011 Te Tai Tokerau by-election.

“I am a woman who has had enough of the enormous damage inflicted on our society by cannabis prohibition,” Maki said.

“Prohibition is responsible for both the high levels of cannabis use by our young people and the harsh impact that cannabis convictions have on their career. Legalising cannabis, regulating the industry and adding an age-limit, are the best ways to help solve these problem.”

Maki has worked with GreenCross Auckland, an organisation that provided medical cannabis to terminally ill patients, with their doctor's consent. However, in 2012 police raided the facility and shut it down.

Maki believes industrial hemp will add significant growth to the New Zealand economy.

“The real benefits for New Zealanders will be from the freeing up of the billion dollar hemp industry,” she said.

“This is a real opportunity. The range of products and uses of the hemp plant number in the tens of thousands.”


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