Winston Peters is being reported as huffing hot on pot reform them blowing cold a short time later while campaigning in Northland.
Claire Trevett in Winston Peters backtracks on marijuana referendum:
NZ First leader Winston Peters promised to hold a referendum on legalising marijuana while campaigning for the Northland byelection, but rapidly backtracked on it straight afterwards.
Mr Peters was holding a street meeting in Kaikohe when a man asked whether he would legalise marijuana.
Mr Peters replied: “you want to legalise marijuana? I’ll tell you what I’ll do. I’ll give you a referendum and if the answer is yes, the answer is yes. I’ll give you a vote on the referendum and if the answer is no, it’s no. Yes if you’ve got the majority, no if you haven’t. That fair enough? Wonderful.”
Peters was shown on 3 News saying that.
Asked about it later he denied he was supporting any such proposal or putting up a referendum himself, saying his comments were simply the shorthand required on a campaign trail. “I didn’t say ‘I’m going to give you the referendum. I said our policy is a referendum and if you want one, you’ve got to go and get one.”
He didn’t say either, but was closer to the first – ” I’ll give you a vote on the referendum “.
That’s a Clayton’s election promise – he’s not offering anything, especially after his backtrack.
He did not personally support it and had never smoked cannabis himself.
He was setting out NZ First’s longstanding policy that citizens’ initiated referendums should be enforceable.
That’s not how it came across at all. Peters is promoted as being very experienced at campaigning. He was initially misleading and then made things up to try and cover up his mistake.
NZ First appear to have no policy on cannabis. There is no reference to it in their policies, and their only policy mentioning drugs is under Law and Order:
- Reintroduce the chargeable offence of being intoxicated and disorderly in public, to include intoxication from the use of drugs whether legal or illicit.
Mark Osborne seems to have a similar position to National, unsurprisingly.
For the record I don’t support legalisation of marijuana and won’t be putting up a bill for it; or promising it and then unpromising it 5 minutes later.
National appear to want to leave the current legislation as it is – which means leave the same mess in place. But they don’t refer to cannabis in their Law and Order policy.