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Cannabis Party President defects to TOP

Published: Tue 6 Jun 2017 10:56 AM
PRESIDENT OF AOTEAROA LEGALISE CANNABIS PARTY RESIGNS TO JOIN THE OPPORTUNITIES PARTY
CALLS ON ALL ALCP MEMBERS TO DO THE SAME
The President of the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party Abe Gray is resigning his office and party membership to join The Opportunities Party.
Abe Gray says for the first time since the ALCP’s inception twenty years ago there is now another party that can be trusted to deliver real positive reform on the cannabis issue if it gets into Parliament.
Even without being elected we have seen TOP force sitting politicians like Peter Dunne into changing their head in the sand approach to cannabis reform. But ALCP members know from bitter experience with other parties like the Greens that the establishment parties don’t walk the talk once they’ve been elected.
“The Opportunities Party is different”, says Mr Gray “its evidence based, harm reduction approach is what ALCP members have been wanting for so long and experts in the field recognise TOP’s Real Deal Cannabis reform is the way forward.”
“We could stay campaigning as a single-issue party and pick up our usual half a percent then watch the old guard return to their do-nothing approach, or throw our support behind TOP, help it reach 5% and finally achieve our goals.
Mr Gray is sending the attached letter to all ALCP members and urging them to publically join him in backing The Opportunities Party.
Mr Gray is a former Deputy Leader of the ALCP, a past candidate for the party, former vice president of NORML NZ, former tutor and past lecturer in biology, ecology and botany at Otago University and founder and curator of the Whakamana Cannabis Museum in Dunedin.
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