April 15, 2013
Dunne synthesising cannabis outrage
Greens co-leader Metiria Turei is accusing associate health minister Peter Dunne of hysteria in his opposition to cannabis law reform.
The United Future leader attacked Ms Turei for pointing out that 40 percent of those convicted of cannabis related offences are Māori.
She says his approach is potentially far more damaging to public health than decriminalisation would be.
“Peter Dunne is overseeing law that will make synthetic cannabis legal. He wants to make synthetic cannabis legal and be able to be brought from a dairy but he won’t have a sensible conversation about cannabis law reform. He’s nothing but hysterical when it comes to issues like this. It’s tragic because he is a sensible man and could have a sensible approach but he refuses to,” she says.
Metiria Turei says New Zealand First is also tiresome when it comes to their rabid opposition to cannabis law reform.
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