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Both sides of the Cannabis Referendum

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A free online event educating people on the pros and cons of the Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill will take place in Tauranga next week. 

SocialLink general manager Liz Davies says the webinar will help inform voter’s decision on the referendum.

 “I’ve read the reasons why legalization of recreational cannabis is a good idea and I’ve also heard why it’s a bad idea, I thought it would be useful to hear both sides of the coin at the same time to be better able to understand the issues.  

“There are also quite a few misunderstandings about this referendum. For example, the Bill does not include medicinal cannabis – that’s already legal,” Liz says.

“We’ve lined up some experts and different perspectives to give you all the facts.”

The line-up of speakers includes BOP Medical Officer of Health Dr Phil Shoemack, Alcohol Action NZ spokesperson Dr Tony Farrell, Student Nikita Costello, and Say No To Dope spokesperson Aaron Ironside.

Liz says this an opportunity for people to learn about social, economic and health impacts of the bill.

Online attends will have the opportunity to ask questions to speakers.

The webinar will take place on Tuesday, June 30 at 4.00pm.

For more information about the referendum visit this page. Information about the even can be found here.

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It is important....

Posted on 27-06-2020 21:08 | By groutby

....to understand (as already said) that the referendum clearly does and will not include reference to medicinal cannabis and it’s legalisation, that is NOT part of the question to be answered at voting time..please do not be confused by certain groups suggesting otherwise promoting cannabis for ’recreational’ use, it is simply not true........

drugs

Posted on 27-06-2020 16:31 | By dumbkof2

just have to watch out for all the drugged up drivers out there now as well as the drunk ones. mabee they should have roads just for these ones then normal people will be safe

Your 'Speakers' Line-Up

Posted on 27-06-2020 10:41 | By Bruja

Looks incredibly biased towards the ’negative’. Can you give a complete list that might persuade me otherwise? Cheers.

natural health first

Posted on 27-06-2020 09:52 | By hapukafin

We are banning tobbaco because of damage to health and cost to our medical system.Now our government want to legalise the weed which is mind bending along with other side effects.How is our hospitals going to cope.Patients going in via A&E gets priority over the aged patients that are on a wait list.Especially when DHBs had just been told to lower the priority of those over 70.The referendum needs to spell out loud and clear this does not include medical canabis