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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

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