‘Massive potential for harm’: Tauranga drug addiction worker on cannabis legalisation

NZ Herald 4 June 2019
Family First Comment: “Wesley, who has worked in the drug addiction recovery field for 10 years – five of those in Tauranga – said he had not seen any convincing evidence to support legalisation beyond medical marijuana. He was not encouraged by the examples of legalisation in Canada and parts of the United States… A survey of councillors by the Bay of Plenty Times after the meeting found that Wesley was preaching to the choir, with ALL councillors present opposing legalisation.”
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Imagine a pleasant Saturday morning walk on Mount Maunganui Beach, but instead of the usual natural smells, another odour dominates the air: cannabis.

That was the picture drug addiction worker Darryl Wesley has painted for Tauranga City Council of a New Zealand with legalised marijuana.

The Tauranga man, 51, presented to a council meeting this morning about his opposition towards moves to decriminalise the drug for personal use.

A survey of councillors by the Bay of Plenty Times after the meeting found that Wesley was preaching to the choir, with all councillors present opposing legalisation.

In May the Government announced a referendum would be held next year about whether cannabis should be legalised for personal use, with draft legislation included.

Wesley, who has worked in the drug addiction recovery field for 10 years – five of those in Tauranga – said he had not seen any convincing evidence to support legalisation beyond medical marijuana.

He was not encouraged by the examples of legalisation in Canada and parts of the United States.
READ MORE: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/bay-of-plenty-times/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503343&objectid=12237047

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