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Should cannabis be legalised?

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Following on from Justice Minister Andrew Little’s announcement about the 2020 cannabis referendum, SunLive asked members of the public what they thought about cannabis and whether it should be legalised or not.

Andrew says the coalition government is committed to a health-based approach to drugs, to minimise harm and to take control away from criminals.

Majority individuals believe it should be legalised primarily for medicinal use, but there is concern around the abuse of it.

One member of public believes it should be legalised for its healing benefits.

“It’s about time we end the prohibition of cannabis.

“But like everything, everything gets abused doesn’t it, so we can’t have control of peoples actions.”

Another woman says it should definitely be legalised for medical purposes, however she is worried about people driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

A South African man explains how the legalisation of cannabis has been beneficial to his country in the short time it has been made legal.

“We’ve legalised it there and it seems to be working, it’s still pretty new, we’ve only been legal for six to eight months, and I think it’s a positive thing.”

One male disagrees with the legalising the drug as he believes there is already enough cannabis in communities now when it is illegal, however he believes there needs to be some sort of leeway for sufferers who can use it as a form of pain relief.  

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About time

Posted on 12-05-2019 10:54 | By Mein Fuhrer

It was re legalised.

Cannabis

Posted on 10-05-2019 14:00 | By jeancraven@kinect.co.nz

For medical purposes only.

The main arguments.

Posted on 10-05-2019 12:31 | By morepork

As expected there is a predictable response, based on age. Older folks are generally opposed; younger folks, in favour. Main objection is the thought of people driving under the influence, but that is really no more pertinent than alcohol. (Maybe there should be more severe penalties for DUI generally: drugs and/or alcohol...) Everyone seems to agree medicinal use is OK. For myself (despite being an "oldie") I would favour legalization, especially if people can grow it for their own use. If we can undermine the control of it by gangs, I think that is a good thing, and also we can ensure it is a proper product and not synthetic, with the devastating effects we have seen from that.

Choose your regulator - gangs or government

Posted on 10-05-2019 12:22 | By PeterMcK

the debate is not about whether people should have access to cannabis. It is abundantly clear the choice is between whether the gangs run access to cannabis or whether the government as a regulator runs access. Let’s stop putting our heads in the sand and pretending that somehow cannabis isn’t a problem unless it is legalised

Dopies

Posted on 10-05-2019 09:39 | By dumbkof2

Definately not.Bad enough with all the drunks on the road. Don’t need any pot heads endangering my life as well.

why why why

Posted on 10-05-2019 08:25 | By hapukafin

From observations Why do some people smoke illicit drugs/weed,it it is mind bending ,it numbs their body so they can forget themselves.They need other help/ WhyWhy is the government even considering it when they are stop smoking ciggies.They are just substituting one form of body polution with another when they know that there are some health issue associated with it. Why again because because our hospital can not afford to treat people that are suffering from natural non self inflicted illness.We hear people all the time on waiting for hospital bed or delayed operation.