Our Government seems keen to legalise recreational cannabis use. They will welcome any extra tax – although these dollars will then be needed to treat the health and criminogenic consequences, particularly for our reefer-ready millennials who now have the ‘‘green’’ light to proceed.
But, hey, uninhibited freedom to
use similarly addictive alcohol and tobacco has worked well for society, so what could possibly go wrong? And maybe there is an opportunity here for our hapless dairy farmers to reposition and acquire a share of this market, unless of course they become marginalised by corporates such as those soon-to-be redundant oil companies.
I look forward to reading the arguments for and against legalisation as our referendum nears. But don’t expect our politicians to be very forthcoming with their personal preferences, at least not until after the results become public, when, of course, they will all have voted for the winning outcome. Yet, given the recent behaviour by some politicians with their mumbling responses and their dazed and bewildered looks, perhaps they are already evaluating the weed proposition.
Jim Young, Lower Hutt