Cannabis law changes are happening around the world, including in some US states. But the chances of anything happening on it here in the foreseeable future look slim.
The use and abuse of cannabis and the associated legal and criminal issues surrounding cannabis in New Zealand are substantial, but politicians don’t want to go there.
National are not likely to consider let alone allow any relaxing of the laws related to cultivation and use of cannabis.
David Cunliffe has said Labour are not interested in doing anything.
“They can put on the table what they want to put on the table, but Labour’s policy is not to decriminalise cannabis,” says Mr Cunliffe.
‘They’ is the Greens but they don’t seem very interested. From Labour, Greens crack over cannabis views:
If the Green Party had its way it would immediately allow for medicinal marijuana and legal action for violent offences would be prioritised over possession.
The next step is decriminalisation with a legal age limit of 18.
For one party it’s the only issue, and before joining the Greens Ms Turei was a member of the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party.
“It won’t be one of our major priorities, but it is our policy and we’re not ashamed of that,” she says.
And when interviewed on The Nation last week Russel Norman also sounded less than enthusiastic.
And that could include carrying on fracking, now decriminalisation of cannabis. We had Colin Craig on here, he spoke to Simon a few weeks ago – we asked him this, have you ever smoked a joint? Have you ever smoked a joint?
Yeah, yeah, of course I’ve smoked a joint.
Yeah, so decriminalisation of cannabis, that’s a Green party policy, it’s been a Green party policy down the ages. Will you pursue that in a Labour/Green government?
It’s still part of our policy and so whether it’s part of the priorities – so what we do is before each election is we announce our ten point priority list, right? And we did it last time and we’ll do it again this time and so in any post-election negotiations, you’ll know the what are the key areas we’re going to prioritise. So, I doubt –
So where will that be?
Yeah, yes. So I doubt – we haven’t decided it, right? But I doubt that decriminalisation will be one of the top ten. But, that’s up to the party to decide, but I doubt that will be.
Sure, ok. So, decriminalisation, you’re not into it really. But the TPP -
Well, no Paddy. You can paraphrase it like that, but it doesn’t mean that we -
But let’s move on…
Not a priority and Norman virtually ruled it out of any coalition negotiations where Greens would have most chance of making something happen.
With none of the three largest parties interested in initiating anything on cannabis law reform, and no sign of any small parties being interested, the chances if anything happening look as alive as a cold turkey.