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Harete Hipango: Cannabis decriminalisation safer option to legalisation

first_imgNZ Herald 4 March 2020Family First Comment: Excellent commentary by National MP Harete Hipango…“This is the reality of the people and communities I have worked amidst throughout my almost 30 years in criminal, family, youth, child welfare and mental health law. Do I have a bias? Most definitely.Cannabis addiction is a pre-cursor to ongoing and intensified harm, domestic and social problems, family violence, intra and inter-familial issues, mental health afflictions and inter-generational cyclical manifestations.”The Whanganui Science Forum organised a public meeting last Tuesday as an opportunity to share views with the public – views from divergent speakers and contexts on the potentially soon to be smokin’ and hot topic of cannabis.As the election approaches, so too does the referendum, where voters will be asked whether or not they support the proposed Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill.There are two things worth pointing out – one, this bill (and debate) is different from the Medicinal Cannabis Bill which was passed into law last December, and two, decriminalising and legalising are two very different issues with their own implications.I support decriminalising – in other words, users/consumers of small amounts of cannabis for personal use are exempt from criminal conviction, which has enduring consequences for many.I am yet to be persuaded by and convinced of a robust and plausible argument in favour of the legalisation of recreational cannabis.Cannabis is used by people from all socio-economic backgrounds, and while some consume it for “recreation”, others become dependent on and captive to it.The “recreational” users – those who use for leisure and temporary sensory pleasure (often associated with higher socio-economic classes and/or “white privilege”), are not the same type of users as those most prone or predisposed to addiction – the need/desire to escape reality of economic and/or societal hardships and prejudice.READ MORE: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/wanganui-chronicle/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503426&objectid=12313388last_img read more

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The city campaign question

first_img Loading …Follow us on Twitter. What do you think should be the central issue concerning the 2015 city council and mayor campaigns? Economic Development. What will make this area grow? How the city will adjust to the Brownback budget crisis. The current state of the road. The cost of utilities and other city services The survival of SRMC. All of the above. None of the above. View Results Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (4) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +4 Vote up Vote down anonymous · 289 weeks ago Other issues are certainly the outright overspending we’ve experienced, and “transparency” in general. Closed meetings just raise eyebrows all over town. Another example of lack of transparency is “why have we not been told where did the almost 1 million dollar we star rebate go and why did it not go back to the customers who overpaid?” These are things that *must* be addressed. And we keep pouring money into “attractions” that aren’t making money. Report Reply 0 replies · active 289 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down WHS 1966 · 289 weeks ago I was the only Wellington citizen that took the time to hear the status of the City from their accountant when he gave his annual report. That was some scary news. Our previous city manager and council really put us in a hole. I also feel there is too much monies being transferred from the utilities to cover the short fall in the general fund.Hopfully the new manager and council will address this in the upcoming budget in August and get us back on track without gouging us too bad. I thought with Jan Korte, who is an accountant, would have something to say, but all the council is quiet as a mouse on this subject and goes along with everything staff recommends. Report Reply 0 replies · active 289 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Guest · 289 weeks ago Want some interesting reading? Go to the City of Wellingtons web page, click on City Council. Open the Agenda link and go to page 15! WOW, check out our fire department payroll. Real “eye opener”. Report Reply 1 reply · active 289 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down craig · 289 weeks ago Wow. Fire dept Almost 10 thousand *overtime* In just the 1st two weeks of January 2015? What the…? Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more