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Accessibility Of Cannabis Distressing

Published: Thu 6 Nov 2003 03:29 PM
Media Release
06 November 2003
Accessibility Of Cannabis Distressing
New Zealand First is renewing calls for an apolitical and cooperative approach to dealing with young people and drug abuse in light of the arrest of a 14-year-old Rotorua schoolgirl during a tinny house raid.
“Young people going to these houses to purchase drugs are often oblivious to the dangerous circumstances they are putting themselves in,” said youth affairs spokesperson, Craig McNair.
“It is both irresponsible and naïve to underestimate the damage cannabis use can have on young people. It affects their social relationships, their ability to cope with school or work and can lead to ongoing physical and mental health problems,” said Mr McNair.
“Reports that a middle-aged woman buying drugs for her teenage son was also caught by police during the same raid and small children were being left in cars outside while Mum or Dad went inside to buy drugs raises serious questions about the role of parents in the promotion and acceptance of cannabis use.
“Family input is a major influence in forming attitudes towards drugs. Calls to liberalise cannabis laws complicates the clear message our young people need to be hearing from their parents, their communities and most importantly their politicians – say no to drugs!” said Mr McNair.
ENDS

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