Green Party to push for cannabis decriminalisation

By January 27, 2014 Recent News

NZ Herald 26 January 2014
The Green Party says it will push for decriminalising marijuana during any post-election negotiations with Labour – but also made it clear it was not a do-or-die bottom line.

Speaking after announcing an education policy for low-decile schools, co-leader Metiria Turei said the party still had its policy to decriminalise cannabis and it was one that she would like to see progress.

“I would like to progress a vast amount of our policy, and that would be one. We believe a drug-free lifestyle is the healthiest, but we don’t believe people should be convicted of a crime, adults, if they smoke cannabis. So we still consider de-criminalisation is the wisest policy.”

Her co-leader, Russel Norman, also said it should be on the table. “Decriminalisation is long-standing Green Party policy, there has been movement on it internationally as well as domestically and it will be on the table in any post-election negotiation, like our other policies.”

Ms Turei said the Law Commission had provided a model for decriminalisation and there were changes in other countries, including the US.


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