Stuff co.nz 4 June 2019
Family First Comment: “These cannabis clubs exist now, they’re just very, very quiet. It becomes a question of: are we suddenly going to p**s off the public with this open defiance of the law … and upset people to vote negatively in a referendum.”
A cannabis club has launched in Wellington inviting members to smoke and buy the illegal drug.
Cannabis campaigner Dakta Green, who opened “The Daktory” in the inner-city suburb of Mt Victoria in April, said the club was a “safe haven” that boasts 700 cannabis consumers.
He said it was high time for a cannabis club in the capital – given the Government’s promise of a cannabis referendum – and was adamant he was not baiting police to repeat a prosecution that ended his former club.
“I expect that the police are taking a much more open view … I want to actually invite the police to come along, and have a look and see what we’re doing.,” Green said on Tuesday.
New Zealand Drug Foundation director Ross Bell said Green’s club was unlawful civil disobedience which might have unintended consequences.
“These cannabis clubs exist now, they’re just very, very quiet. It becomes a question of: are we suddenly going to piss off the public with this open defiance of the law … and upset people to vote negatively in a referendum.
“He does face imprisonment again. While the political climate has changed, the thing that hasn’t changed is the law.”
Bell said the Government’s announced amendment to the Misuse of Drugs Act, giving police the discretion to not prosecute personal drug use, likely offered Green little shelter.
READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/113212281/cannabis-campaigner-dakta-green-opens-cannabis-club-in-wellington-claiming-700-members