Brash’s call on cannabis ‘dopey and dangerous’

ONE News 26 Sep 2011
Family First says a call by Act Party leader Don Brash to decriminalise cannabis sends the wrong message. Act leader Don Brash is calling for the decriminalisation of cannabis, saying prohibition of the drug has not worked. Brash told TVNZ’s Q + A programme policing cannabis costs millions of taxpayer dollars and clogs up the court system. But Family First spokesman Bob McCoskrie said decriminalisation tells the public, especially younger people, that small amounts of drug use is no big deal. “Brash also misunderstands the real harm that personal consumption of the drug actually does,” McCoskrie said. He said Act should instead be calling for better treatment facilities for addiction and mental illness. McCoskrie says a zero-tolerance approach to the use of drugs combined with treatment options is a far better solution.
http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/brash-s-call-cannabis-dopey-and-dangerous-4419091
ALSO – ACT leader questions marijuana laws
NZ Herald 25 Sep 2011
Act Party leader Don Brash is calling for thought to be given to decriminalising marijuana. In a speech on law and order to supporters in Auckland on Sunday Dr Brash said he had some serious questions about current marijuana laws.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10754275
Bob Clarkson joins call to legalise cannabis
Bay of Plenty Times 27 Sep 2011
Former Tauranga MP Bob Clarkson has supported calls for the decriminalisation of cannabis.
http://www.bayofplentytimes.co.nz/news/clarkson-joins-call-to-legalise-drug/1117303/

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9 comments for “Brash’s call on cannabis ‘dopey and dangerous’

  1. Mark
    25 September 2011 at 8:12 pm

    A clever move of a dinosaur to get some votes – shame he’s not genuine about it as it works very well in the netherlands and other european countries – I know you conservative people will cringe at the facts and ignore them as usual.

  2. 26 September 2011 at 7:25 am

    I would’ve hoped Bob you’d want to get the state out of our homes telling us what we can do… just like you oppose that piece of 2007 legislation

    “He said Act should instead be calling for better treatment facilities for addiction and mental illness.”

    Sure, let’s treat drug addiction just like we tread alcohol addiction (remember, not every drug user is an addict just like not every drinker is an alcoholic)

    And even better, let’s legalise drugs so we can tax it to fund these treatment programs!

  3. Debs
    26 September 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Not clever, just lacking in integrity to put it out there when the party has no policy to do so in fact current law and order policy would suggest no mandate whatsoever to decriminalize or legalize dope is an ACT initiative.

  4. Massoud
    26 September 2011 at 2:46 pm

    It makes eminent sense to decriminalise marijuana and makes no sense at all to have a zero tolerance policy towards it. I speak as someone with nothing to gain – I do not smoke dope or tobacco.

    However it is obvious that marijuana is vilified in our society whereas alcohol is not puely due to an “accident of history”, so to speak,as culturally our society uses alcohol as the drug of choice to mollify the woes of life.

    The cause of the loss of most civil liberties in society, particularly in the US, have come directly from the so called “War on Drugs”. This is especially poignant as the war is unwinnable – you have more chance of defeating the Taliban than you do of eliminating marijuana. All you end up doing is criminalising people who do the equivalent of drinking a 6 pack of stubbies, and militarising the police force in the process. Madness.

  5. Kyle Denning
    26 September 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Family First New Zealand you can’t really compare speeding with cannabis, speeding can kill, cannabis can not.
    I feel that you are grasping at straws just like the politicans are, I feel you have no real arguement to back your selves up and continue to misinformation the general public by making comparisions that are not true.
    And you can’t compare P with Cannabis either, P is a hard drug that really does ruin peoples lives. If you remove the smoking part of Cannabis and use a Vaporiser like I do, then the harm is reduced to zero as long as it is used in moderation and not abused, I have personally never had a cannabis abuse problem, and CADS have assessed me to be at a low risk, and thats after 10 years of use. ENDS.

  6. Bob
    26 September 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Wrong Massoud

    The cause of the loss of most civil liberties in society, particularly in the US, have come directly from the so called “War on Drugs”.

    It has actually come from the “War on Terror”

  7. Bob
    26 September 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Drug Driving kills

  8. Kyle Denning
    26 September 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Bob stop grasping at straws mate! I never said driving on drugs was OK, Just like Drink Driving, Drug driving is wrong. Whats ur point, your agruements don’t mean anything, its basic logic not to drive drugged.

  9. Kyle Denning
    26 September 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Drink Driving Kills, Driving Tired Kills, Speeding Kills and your point…

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