The problem with the PM’s ‘expert’ panel on weed

By September 22, 2019 Recent News

The Prime Minister has asked the Chief Science Advisor to provide an accessible summary of the evidence to inform the cannabis referendum, using an ‘expert’ panel. The ‘expert’ panel has been charged with pulling together as much information as we can about the impacts of cannabis, and to present it in a way that is easy to understand for voters.

Here’s the problem.

Of the 10 members of the ‘expert’ panel, SEVEN have declared that they support legalisation of cannabis – and not even one of the panel has expressed opposition.

If you think we’ll get a balanced report, we have a bridge to sell you.

For Legalisation 

Supports legalisation.

Supports legalisation

Supports legalisation Has advocated for legalisation in Canada (RNZ)

Supports legalisation

Supports legalisation – ”if there is no space in any reform to allow people to grow their own, discrimination against Māori will continue.” 3’s The Hui (March 2019)  The SpinOff

Board member Drug Foundation (!)

Supports legalisation

Supports legalisation   


Researcher / Criminologist – including Pasifika and youth justice issue

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  • Rose Kerr says:

    Unbelievable that you impinge more mental health hospital issues.. wheres the rehabs
    .. drug driving tests on roads … I’m in recovery if you think addicts will stop any drug because you now call it Healthcare your are seriously mistaken. An addict WONT stop untill he.. she wants to

  • Janice Nihoniho says:

    Another drug promo wasting taxes. What a have!!

  • With dope use being a major problem to employers and it being unlawful and a gross neglegance to work under the influence of drugs or alcohol.although not a sackable offence the employer will be once again left to carry the cost of legally stoned employees needing to be sent home on full pay . legalized cannabis will cripple our industry unless it becomes ok to send them without pay or sack them or remove it from health and safety law . which is the most sensible legalized cannabis and reformed safety law or criminalize cannabis and keep nz safe

  • Janette Bradshaw says: serious to.Kiwis on.the increase never to legalise marijuana this is a dangerous drug causes a lot.of mental.illnesses deaths suicides car accidents work.accidents I’ve.witnesses most inappropriate with seven of them.for legalisation. No to drugs no to dope no to cannabis no to marijuana.

  • Dave Youngson says:

    “….and having thought themselves to be wise, they became as fools.”

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