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Kia ora koutou, With the gen­eral elec­tion loom­ing, one of the is­sues not get­ting as much at­ten­tion, is whether cannabis should be de­crim­i­nalised or made avail­able for medic­i­nal use.

Labour’s Jacinda Ardern has been quite up­front about her in­ten­tion to see mar­i­juana made avail­able for medic­i­nal pur­poses, whereas Na­tional’s Bill English has been less forth­right about whether his Govern­ment would change our laws around cannabis.

Fam­ily First’s Bob McCoskrie has writ­ten an in­ter­est­ing col­umn on the mat­ter, which you can read on page 5, de­tail­ing his op­po­si­tion to any form of de­crim­i­nal­i­sa­tion.

How­ever, re­gard­less of which side of the ar­gu­ment you’re on, I sus­pect this is a de­bate set to take cen­tre stage over the next few years, as we grap­ple with al­ter­nate forms of pain re­lief as well as re­flect on the ter­ri­ble re­sults from the pro­lif­er­a­tion of syn­thetic weed in our com­mu­ni­ties. Nga mihi nui, Justin

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