ONE News 26 Sep 2011
Family First says a call by Act Party leader Don Brash to decriminalise cannabis sends the wrong message.
Act leader Don Brash is calling for the decriminalisation of cannabis, saying prohibition of the drug has not worked. Brash told TVNZ’s Q + A programme policing cannabis costs millions of taxpayer dollars and clogs up the court system.
But Family First spokesman Bob McCoskrie said decriminalisation tells the public, especially younger people, that small amounts of drug use is no big deal. “Brash also misunderstands the real harm that personal consumption of the drug actually does,” McCoskrie said.
He said Act should instead be calling for better treatment facilities for addiction and mental illness. McCoskrie says a zero-tolerance approach to the use of drugs combined with treatment options is a far better solution.
ALSO – ACT leader questions marijuana laws
NZ Herald 25 Sep 2011
Act Party leader Don Brash is calling for thought to be given to decriminalising marijuana.
In a speech on law and order to supporters in Auckland on Sunday Dr Brash said he had some serious questions about current marijuana laws.
Bob Clarkson joins call to legalise cannabis
Bay of Plenty Times 27 Sep 2011
Former Tauranga MP Bob Clarkson has supported calls for the decriminalisation of cannabis.