NEW RESOURCE: 20 Reasons to Vote NO to Cannabis

By May 4, 2020 Media Release

Media Release 4 May 2020
As the debate on legalising cannabis for recreational use heats up, a new resource presents 20 reasons for New Zealanders to vote no in the upcoming referendum.

20 Reasons to Vote NO in 2020” include:
* potency – today’s marijuana is a different, harder drug
* dope is addictive and harmful – It wrecks lives
* laws work – the illegal status deters people from using
* legalising cannabis while promoting health is hypocritical
* driving stoned will put everyone at risk
* promises of a tax windfall are grossly overstated
* workplace dope use will put everyone at risk
* legalisation of marijuana is just the start
and many more.

The information is available as a 4-page pamphlet for free download. DOWNLOAD HERE. This resource will be distributed widely throughout the country.

“The Government is trying to pull the wool over the eyes of families with the use of the word ‘control’ in the Referendum question, but the overseas experience in every jurisdiction that has gone down this track proves that it will be a public health and safety disaster – just as it was when Big Tobacco was allowed in,” says a spokesperson for the SayNopeToDope campaign.

“The use of cannabis is associated with increased risks of a number of adverse outcomes including educational delay, welfare dependence, increased risks of psychotic symptoms, major depression, increased risks of motor vehicle accidents, increased risks of tobacco use, increased risks of other illicit drug use, and respiratory impairment.”

“At a time when New Zealand’s mental health system is bursting at the seams, why would we go and legitimise a mind-altering product which will simply add to social harm?”

A detailed analysis of the “Cannabis Legalisation And Control Bill” has also been published.
ENDS

Join the discussion 3 Comments

  • Debbie Nettleton says:

    I certainly will be saying NO.

    What about our children of New Zealand!

  • Harvey Cudmore-Neame says:

    You guys are fossils who have a fear based approach to change. You could probably do with trying it more than most people. Pick a comfortable setting with your friends and do what ever it is you like to do on a relaxing evening. Also your points are just disingenuous “legalising cannabis while promoting health is hypocritical” like seriously have you never heard of medicinal cannabis? Honestly also if your not actively also advocating for the prohibition of alcohol then I would say you are the hypocrites. On the point of alcohol raising the drinking age would be a good step towards mitigating some its social harm. I am starting to rant here so I will finish here.

  • Jackson O'Hara says:

    I’d love to see a reference list for all the ‘studies’ cited in this newsletter… Also, the arguments are of such a childish nature I’m highly sceptical that you would sway any mature persons mind, even if the groundless claims were factual. Users of cannabis more likely to be ‘victims of domestic violence’? where does this stat come from? Where is the causation between the two? I guess this really does mean that serial killer activity is directly linked with ice cream sales…

    I try very hard to look at arguments from both sides as it is a skill I rely on almost everyday in my life, however the points made here are fallacies and so far removed from the truths of modern cannabis use that you have absolutely deterred me from even considering voting no.

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