NZ’s ‘Vote NO’ Campaign Is a NZ-Funded Effort

By June 30, 2020 Media Release

Media Release 30 June 2020
New Zealand’s Vote No campaign is rubbishing claims that the Vote NO campaign is being bankrolled by or controlled by US organisations.

“An alliance of community organisations and leaders (including ex-addicts, educators, ex-police, addiction counsellors, health professionals and community workers) have joined together to form Smart Approaches To Marijuana NZ (SAM-NZ), and will work together to oppose any attempt to legalise cannabis in New Zealand in the upcoming referendum. We’re pleased to have such a wide-ranging group of organisations and experts from all areas of society to come together to argue against legalising the recreational use of cannabis, based on reputable science and sound principles of public health and safety,” says spokesperson Aaron Ironside.

“Yes, the coalition is drawing on research and resources from prominent US group SAM which is led by Dr Kevin Sabet, a former advisor to three U.S. presidential administrations (Clinton, Bush and Obama Administrations) – the only drug policy staffer to have ever served as a political appointee in a Democrat and Republican administration.”

“SAM’s Staff and Science Advisory Board is composed of world-recognised experts in research, addiction, and treatment who work tirelessly to advance public health and safety, and stand up to a powerful marijuana industry.”

“However, we reiterate that SAM in the US are not telling our coalition how to run our campaign, and have not contributed one cent to it.”

“What we are doing is drawing on the expertise and experience of a group that has watched the outcomes of legalisation in many US states. This is no different to groups like the Drug Foundation inviting people like Deborah Small, executive director of Break the Chains (USA), and US activist & author asha bandele (shown right) – both who attended a symposium attended by Andrew Little and Chlose Swarbrick in the Parliament buildings.”


(Smart Approaches To Marijuana NZ) 

Aaron Ironside                        Spokesperson: SAM-NZ

Pat Buckley                             Amped4Life Trust

Shk Shaakir Ismail                   New Zealand Muslim Association

Pat Walsh                                Secondary School Principal, former head of a Principal’s Ass’n
Rev Pane Kawhia                     Anglican Minister, Ruatoria

Christine Rankin                      Transforming Justice Foundation

Dr Ate  Moala                          PACYFIC Trust

Vic Tamati                               Community Worker

Mo McLeary                            Drug Free Ambassadors

Dr Andreas Leinfellner            Paediatrician.

Kirk Hardy                               The Drug Detection Agency

Alli Axford                               Drug Free World

Mazin  Al-Salim                       Working Together Group (WTG)

Sully Pa’ea                               Community Worker – South Auckland

Maureen MacDonald              Drug-ARM Wellington

Wayne Mulqueen                   Focus on the Family NZ

Jess McVicar                           Sensible Sentencing Trust

Dave Pizzini                             Ex-Police (Detective Senior Sergeant)

Bob McCoskrie                        Family First NZ

Darryl Wesley                         Health Professional

Stuart Caldwell                       Get Smart (Tauranga)

Brendon Warne                      Anti-P Ministries

Alan Vink                                 LeadershipWorx

Dale Kirk                                  Methcon

Stuart Lange                          NZ Christian Network

Nick Tuitasi QSM                     Pacific Wave

John Subritzky                         Promise Keepers

Rob Nordstrom                       Rubicon Alcohol & Other Drug

Gaylene Fraser                        Drug Free World

Karrin  Coates                         Sensible Sentencing Group Trust

Greer Keane                            Te Ata Rangi Rangatahi

Glenn   Dobson                        International Board Member – National Drug and Alcohol

Screening Association (NDASA)

Gayann Phillips                       NZ Christian Network

Christina Stroud                      World Federation Against Drugs

Ismail  Waja                            Working Together Group (WTG)

Bruce Couper                          Ex-Police

Phil Paikea                              Community Worker

Trevor Turner                         Drug Free World

Imraan Ali                               New Zealand Muslim Association

Ronji Tanielu                           Community Worker

Allan Va’a                                Community Worker – South Auckland

Bev Adair-Beets                      Youth Advocate

Piripi Rakete                            Drug Free World

Dr Kevin Sabet                         SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana)

Luke Niforatos                        SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana)

Join the discussion 11 Comments

  • Dave Pigou says:

    Discusted in TV news tonight, basiclly pulling apart SAM[ as all and just USA propaganda]. Please target Justice minister Andrew Little, he is a very evil man , doing what he did with Abortion legislation plus end of life. Get what ever you can on this man and take the bloody offensive. I am donating $500.00 towards this fight. Must get in front of the game. Please remember these Progressive liberials dont care about truth and facts [ as Abortion bill showed ] dig up what ever you can and use it. destroy there credability with truth not lies as TV1 just have. Come on!!!

  • Zheng Qiu Wu says:

    I must say no ,if it is legal ,everyone has legal chance to try it and use it with out doctor‘s offers, if you try it for a while ,very hard to give it up ,it effects the whole life and family.

  • Colleen Fraser says:

    No please

  • quaid says:

    Giving government control over drugs to legalise buy, sell, market overseas and to generally take MORE control of our lives is stupid. The country does not need being further stuffed up and not helped. The country needs people to be positive and not drugged up to oblivion.

  • Da says:

    I have just received the Govt. what am voting on paper in my letter box.Iam incensed to see that it is blatantly promoting the yes vote to the cannabis bill. How can a Govt. do this when it is supposed to be the public ‘s choice? They are definitely trying to influence the decision their way.
    The present law is working much better than if it was made a free for all. Once the gene is let out of the bottle it can never be put back in.

  • Anonymous says:

    Wankers who smokes 40 joints a day

  • Paul Matthews says:

    Hard to believe people are still unable to see past the ‘war on drugs’ nonsense perpetrated by the various drug czars in US administrations. If you want to help people vote ‘yes’. I’m 70 and hoped at age 20 that legalisation of pot would occur by the time I was 40. I don’t smoke or drink but think people should be able to drink and smoke without fear of arrest. You are not do-gooders but nightmare constructors.

  • Albert says:

    Why do you think they call it dope?

  • Zack says:

    I found this article very one sided and non factual. Every member of SAM is already a member of another anti drug or christian group. If you want to be taken seriously you need to recruit the science of the unbaised who can produce morally neutral, unskewed, scientific data.

    I don’t smoke, though I do casually enjoy the craft, flavour, art form, and enjoyment of wine, scotch, craft beer, and even coffee. These are all substances that effect your state of consciousness and motor skills yet completely legal (and taxed!). We already have regulations and systems in place to ease the social strain of substance abuse as a whole (including sale to minors and impaired driving charges). PLUS most people who want to smoke marijuana do anyways, regardless of legality, and they send over 1 billion per year to the black market.

    Stop funding criminals. Build roads and schools. Let it create jobs, and allow entrepreneurs and craftsmen to replace criminals. Let the substance be controlled, taxed, and free for use if an individual so enjoys. New Zealand has a gigantic agriculture industry, with the global boom on legalization, this could also be a major export (much like hops, a related plant). Why is it so much different from having a casual Speights after work?

    There is a budding industry here that we need to let blossom

  • Enoch says:

    get fucked and fuck off cunts..its god given and none of you can do anything about that. Even if it is not decriminalised or made legal, there will always be a market and the government wont get a cent of that hahahaha so actually yes, please dont make it legal, i change my mind so that growers and medicine makers can keep 100% profits to themselves with the underground market that will always exist no matter what…. so for the dope smokers (as you dumb cunts call them), its a win win situation lol.

  • Anonymous says:

    and this is very biased.. you have chosed to align yourself with a group who knows nothing about New Zealanders or the effects of cannabis on Maori, so basically you are a laughing stock… This whole say nope to dope is just a big laugh you absolute fucken idiots lol

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