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The Aotearoa

Le­galise Cannabis

Pol­icy will as­sist this re­gion through mil­lions of dol­lars be­ing brought into all re­gions if lo­cals are al­lowed to grow and sell the plant legally, within a li­censed and reg­u­lated frame­work. An age-limit will be es­tab­lished and taxes from cannabis sales will fund education, health and hous­ing. Medic­i­nal cannabis and law re­form, we know that pro­hi­bi­tion doesn’t work and that this should be a health is­sue rather than con­tinue pro­hi­bi­tion cost­ing the tax­pay­ers mil­lions of dol­lars each year. When law re­form frame­work is reg­u­lated with the main fo­cuses on age re­stric­tion and ‘re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­tres’ with easy ac­cess. Un­der our sys­tem there will be more money avail­able to help with sub­stance abuse in general. A lot of peo­ple don’t ask for help be­cause of the il­le­gal­ity of cannabis. Med­i­cal cannabis is known to treat a range of con­di­tions from chronic pain, epilepsy, nau­sea and even can­cer just to name a few. Doc­tors should have the au­thor­ity to pre­scribe cannabis, as well as the peo­ple who pre­fer to grow their own ron­goa shouldn’t be crim­i­nalised. This op­tion or choice should be up to the in­di­vid­ual who may want to use the raw plant. Law re­form would play a ma­jor part in the ru­ral ar­eas in giv­ing real op­por­tu­ni­ties for the hemp in­dus­try which could re­vi­talise the econ­omy.

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