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Proposed Cannabis Law Fails Public Health & Safety Test

Published: Wed 20 May 2020 10:07 AM
With the help of senior lawyers, the SayNopeToDope campaign has analysed the proposed legislation - Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill - that would be introduced if NZ’ers voted to legalise the recreational use of cannabis in the upcoming referendum.
The 4-page summary, Analysis – Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill, highlights significant concerns around:home grows, and the large quantities that can be grownconsuming drugs at home in front of children and young peoplehigh quantities of purchase and possessionage restrictions which will be difficult to enforce, as already evidenced by tobacco & alcoholhome production of edibles and dabbing e.g. butane hash oil (already an issue in NZ and overseas)restrictions on potency which will be difficult to enforce and will empower the black marketdifficulties for councils to ban pot shops in their local areasincreased regulation which will mean increased demand for policing (rather than a reduction as argued)education and prevention is mentioned, but only in relation to usecontradicts our SmokeFree 2025 policy
The analysis is also available online https://saynopetodope.org.nz/2020/05/01/control/
This follows up the earlier resource presenting 20 reasons for New Zealanders to vote no in the upcoming referendum - “20 Reasons to Vote NO in 2020”.
“The use of cannabis is associated with increased risks of a number of adverse outcomes including educational delay, welfare dependence, increased risks of psychotic symptoms, major depression, increased risks of motor vehicle accidents, increased risks of tobacco use, increased risks of other illicit drug use, and respiratory impairment.”
“At a time when New Zealand’s mental health system is bursting at the seams, why would we go and legitimise a mind-altering product which will simply add to social harm?”

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