Peter Dunne on recreational cannabis regulation

On Q+A last night peter Dunne was asked where he now stands on cannabis use and law.

Corin Dann: You’ve been on top of this issue for many years, as a Minister, under a lot of pressure from both sides. Where do you sit now personally on the issue of cannabis?

Peter Dunne: I’ve set my view out probably pretty clearly over the last two or three years.

I think we can move to to treat cannabis for recreational purposes in a regulated market, where we determine the level of risk, where we determine how it’s to be sold, to whom it’s to be sold, and we can have a limited amount of personal cultivation and personal manufacture, pretty akin to the market we have now for tobacco actually.

It keeps it under tight control and the government…

Corin Dann: R18…

Peter Dunne: no advertising, price set by the state effectively…

Corin Dann: It’s interesting that you;ve reached that position. Were you there ten years ago?

Peter Dunne: probably not ten years ago but i think over the last five years I’ve moved to that.

But can I just say one thing. For the referendum to be effective you’ve got to have that model effectively set up to go once the referendum result occurs, a bit like we did when MMP came in. If the vote was yes, here’s what happens. If you just left it as an open ended question you’ll see more of what we saw this evening and no progress.

That’s what Green MP Chlöe Swarbrick is proposing. See Q+A: Should NZ legalise recreational cannabis?

Peter Dunne: …that brings you back to how this whole process is structured. I don’t think the Government’s got it’s head properly around this at the moment.

If you’re going to have a referendum which is going to be definitive in some way, then you need to have a proper considered period of education and information dealing with all of these issues beforehand.

Probably the best part of a year actually, which means if you’re going to have the referendum you’d probably want to have it at the latter part of next year clear of local body elections next October, and well before the general election.

I think they’re a way behind the 8 ball on that frankly.

That’s how it appears to me. Last week Minister of Police spoke of treating drugs as a health issue, Jacinda Ardern has said that in the past, but it appears to be all talk and little action apart from Swarbrick doing her best to push things along.

Full panel discussion:

10 Comments

  1. NOEL

     /  October 15, 2018

    “If you’re going to have a referendum which is going to be definitive in some way, then you need to have a proper considered period of education and information dealing with all of these issues beforehand.”

    Agreed as long as Zedd or the Drug Foundation aren’t the lead players.

    • Zedd

       /  October 15, 2018

      ‘Agreed as long as Zedd or………… aren’t the lead players’.. sez Noel

      I think you are imagining things sez I

      • Zedd

         /  October 15, 2018

        ‘Yes, Yes I hear you well.. I think you have the wrong man..’

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  October 15, 2018

          Where’s that time machine?

          • Zedd

             /  October 15, 2018

            newport 64

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  October 15, 2018

              I saw that, but I want the time machine to take me there.

              There were some very expensive televisions advertised that claimed to have time machines built it. ???

            • Zedd

               /  October 16, 2018

              you better watch the new Dr who then.. friday on freeview

  2. nasska

     /  October 15, 2018

    Who decides what will be included in the “education & information”? I suspect that Ms Swarbrick & Bob McCoskrie would have conflicting views on the syllabus.

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