75% Māori support for legalising cannabis

According to a poll a significant majority of Māori – 75% – say they would vote for legalising cannabis for personal use. This is in line with general population polls, but it shows that Māori views are similar to overall views.

Support legalising cannabis for personal use:

  • Yes 75%
  • No 14%
  • Unsure 11%

78% favour seeing legislation before the referendum (so that the referendum approves or rejects the legislation).

RNZ: Poll shows 75 percent of Māori support cannabis legalisation

A Horizon Research poll for Three’s The Hui programme found 75 percent of 620 Māori surveyed would vote for legalising cannabis, if a referendum was held tomorrow.

Drugs Foundation chair Tuari Potiki said today’s results puncture the belief this is solely a white, middle class issue.

Mr Potiki said cannabis was a totally unregulated market, harming whanau.

“We want to see the toughest regulation possible to add an element of control to a market that’s out of control,” he said.

“Three times more money and resourcing goes into police, customs and correction than providing treatment, so we want to see that resource shifted.”

Māori were being disproportionately harmed by current legislation and the survey results showed Māori want change, Mr Potiki said.

“Because there’s a a criminal justice approach to dealing with cannabis use, that means our whanau or more likely to end up being arrested, charged, convicted and sentenced than others, unfortunately the law isn’t applied equally,” he said.

Green MP Chlöe Swarbrick:

“What I do know are the facts about the disproportionate impact of those negative stats around cannabis prohibition and also the fact that if we are to move toward that health base model, we do have a opportunity to right wrongs”.

“That’s demonstrative… of the maturity of discussion we’ve so far been having around cannabis reform and ensuring we have a system that minimises drug harm”.

RNZ:  Cannabis referendum to cost more than $2.2m

A referendum on legalising the personal use of cannabis will cost taxpayers more than $2.2 million.

A Cabinet paper shows the health and justice ministries will receive the bulk of the funding, $1.9m, to provide dedicated, expert resources.

The remaining $296,000 is billed for the Electoral Commission, to carry out the binding referendum in 2020.

Justice Minister Andrew Little said the referendum should not detract from the general election, which it is being held in conjuction with, and no preliminary vote count will be done.

Instead, the referendum votes will be counted after election day and released along with the official 2020 election results.

Mr Little also noted the need to inform people to avoid confusion between the cannabis legalisation referendum and ongoing work on medicinal cannabis.

The ongoing personal, community, policing and health costs of not reforming cannabis law would be far greater than $2 million.

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  2. Corky

     /  4th March 2019

    I commented on the is yesterday. Mikey said similar: ‘if this isn’t the definition of insanity given what this drug has done to Maori society, what is’ ?

    No need to tell me Mikey. Although some fools need educating.

    Marama Davidson said cannabis use is the same for Maori and European. From my experience that is incorrect. Europeans seem to have a different approach to this drug.For many Maori it’s the controlling influence from the start to the end of their day.

    Marama went on to say Maori are disproportionally penalised for cannabis use.

    Yeah, because they go Cold Turkey and bash the missus or someone else. They grow a plant in their backyard and believe the Green Fairy will make it invisible to police and nosy neighbours. They buy from the local gang house that’s under surveillance by the police.
    The crafty European buys through a well thought out network. If they have to buy local they pick some young Maori up, offer him a deal, park around the corner, and let him buy the drugs.

    I wonder what Pickled Possum has to say about this. Are you there…cuz?

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    • Gezza

       /  4th March 2019

      Gezza / February 6, 2019
      That’s not the point, bro. You are insulting her personally by calling her cuz when she is no relation of yours. You have been told that by her several times.

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      Corky / February 6, 2019
      That’s the problem. I have pointed out to you many times it is/can be, a generic greeting among Maori. This mock offence I find weird.

      That said, I won’t call her CUZ again. It’s 1.2 seconds of my life I now realise I can ill afford.

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      • Gezza

         /  4th March 2019

        What’s your word worth, Corks?
        Looks like it’s worth shite. 😐

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        • Corky

           /  4th March 2019

          My reply hasn’t come through.

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          • Gezza

             /  4th March 2019

            Neither has your integrity.

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            • Corky

               /  4th March 2019

              Come now, Gezza. Your facade is slipping. What happened to Mr Reasonable? He never existed did he?

            • Gezza

               /  4th March 2019

              Mr Reasonable is a weird construct in your head, Corks.
              You would be better just to move on than to keep trying to do an Ardern with irrelevancies.

            • Corky

               /  4th March 2019

              Really? Ask blazer what boxing fight plan I’m following. It was one of the greatest fights in history. Blazer is a ‘boxing expert,’ he will be able to tell you.

              And talking of integrity… now that’s funny.

            • Gezza

               /  4th March 2019

            • Corky

               /  4th March 2019

              Trump derangement syndrome..that isn’t a boxing match?

            • Gezza

               /  4th March 2019

          • Blazer

             /  4th March 2019

            your fight ‘plan’ appears to be to K.O yourself so…your opponent has no need…to.😁

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            • Corky

               /  4th March 2019

              But, Blazer, you said you were a boxing aficionado.

              Remember ‘rope a dope?”🙄✔

      • Corky

         /  4th March 2019

        Thanks for that. I wondered if you bookmarked everything I wrote. Seems you do. Makes me feel important.

        I didn’t use capitals.. it was small case to deescalate the situation. Using small case saved me that 1.2 seconds of my life.

        Besides, she talks about Wahine Toa…time to show it instead of snivelling over trifles.

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        • Gezza

           /  4th March 2019

          I didn’t bookmark it. You’re not THAT important.
          My memory works. Google did the rest.
          If you bullshit about that, how much else of your korero is bullshit?

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          • Griff.

             /  4th March 2019

            Question .
            What do you call someone who upticks his own comments?
            It is such a dorky thing to do.

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            • Gezza

               /  4th March 2019

              I only ever do it if nobody else will and I actually agree with what I’ve said.

            • Corky

               /  4th March 2019

              I kept my promise not to call you, Griffy..eh , Griff?

              ”What do you call someone who upticks his own comments.”

              Pray tell..how do you know..when I have stated up and down ticks are only important to you, Gezza and others?

            • Griff.

               /  4th March 2019

              Hello Corky
              In case you did not notice.
              I said it is such a dorky thing to do.
              By your reaction we can guess why you took it so personally.

            • Corky

               /  4th March 2019

              ”Hello Corky
              In case you did not notice.
              I said it is such a dorky thing to do.
              By your reaction we can guess why you took it so personally”

              Correct. Your setup wasn’t great. Of course you weren’t talking about me.
              You just happened to mention it by chance..at this point in time..Lol.

          • Corky

             /  4th March 2019

            ”If you bullshit about that, how much else of your korero is bullshit?”

            Well, we will find out. Don’t forget you have called me out over a certain book.
            This just adds icing to the cake.

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            • Gezza

               /  4th March 2019

              😀
              Still waiting for that photo.

            • Corky

               /  4th March 2019

              Fair enough. You have the wood on me….at the moment.

            • phantom snowflake

               /  4th March 2019

              Not to forget your “Green Terrorist Field Manual”. *snort*
              https://yournz.org/2019/02/08/don-brash-championing-apirana-ngata-but/#comment-347410

            • Corky

               /  4th March 2019

              Crikey, you took your time, Flakes The challenge is still open. Pick a page and I will write the second paragraph. Say, between pages 1- 30, they have some juicy bits( from a covert point of view).

              Over to you, son.

              Isn’t it funny how the same accounts turn up when they think there’s blood in the water. Only one missing.

            • phantom snowflake

               /  4th March 2019

              Pick a page“: I can’t see the point. There are any number of documents which you could quote from (most likely the ‘Anarchist’s Cookbook’, which has been available online since the earliest days of the internet) and claim it was from the “Green Terrorist Field Manual.” You and I both know that the “GTFM” doesn’t exist, but there is no way for me to prove a negative.

            • Corky

               /  4th March 2019

              Bullshit.. that book ( AC) doesn’t have a Green focus eg.. like how to meet mainstream Greens. Rules around rallies and protests..and how to covertly enter farms and farming buildings.

            • Gezza

               /  4th March 2019

            • Corky

               /  4th March 2019

              Now dear, I have everything covered. They can’t catch me.🙄

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  4th March 2019

          Meshuggeneh is a Yiddish generic greeting to people like you, Corky.

          If an Irish person calls you a feckin eejit, so is that; it, like mehuggeneh, shows that they recognise what sort of person you are.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  4th March 2019

        How odd, TGFM isn’t mentioned on Google.

        Could it be because nobody would be stupid enough to write a book called that, even if they believed it was all right to be a terrorist…

        Show us a photo of the cover.

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    • PartisanZ

       /  4th March 2019

      How does Mikey, living in a mansion in Remuera, driving a Maserati and pandering to Alt-Right fuckwits all day on the radio & TV, REALLY know about what this herbal substance has done to “Maori society”?

      A much more pertinent question is: What has prohibition and its enforcement done to Maori society?

      Along with: What has it done to society in general?

      https://wakeup-world.com/2016/02/01/the-big-if-what-if-marijuana-and-hemp-had-never-been-prohibited/

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      • Corky

         /  4th March 2019

        To answer your question, Parti.. Mikey has common sense and two eyeball not shaded with a paternalistic ideology.

        Simple if you think about it. BTW, the observation wasn’t about prohibition..just the stupidity of many Maori… or maybe wilful ignorance concerning the damage herb has done to Maoridom?

        You should get together with Phantom Snowflake, Parti. You two have a much in common.

        ps- What happened to Mikeys Ferrari? Insurance premiums too steep even for him would be my guess.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  4th March 2019

          Phantom, as it’s not mentioned in any way online, that’s, if not proof, a reasonable indication that the book doesn’t exist.

          I suspect that inciting a crime and/or giving directions on how to commit one is a crime in itself.

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  4th March 2019

            Yes, it is. If this book exists, the writer is taking quite a chance. They could be done for being an accomplice.

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        • PartisanZ

           /  4th March 2019

          Corky … Do you think that because proportionately far more Maori are in prison for cannabis related offences this proves the herb has done more damage to Maoridom?

          It’s like asking: What has the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution done to African Americans?

          It’s criminalized them … same as the ‘War on Drugs’ … in fact, massively aided and abetted by the War on Drugs.

          The ‘War on Drugs’ in Aotearoa NZ has primarily been a war on Brown people.

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  3. just another poll; roll on 2020 ‘Reeferendum’ 😀

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    • btw: the ‘Reeferendum’ will be decided by the percentage who vote; beware the Apathetic/cant be bothered (majority 18-24 yrs ?) who maybe the highest percentage of ‘tokers’ 😦

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    • Zedd

       /  4th March 2019

      Im guessing the vote (mainstream) is closer to 60-40 (in favour ??) :/

      Reply
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