The biggest challenges facing
Te Tai Tokerau are housing, health and unemployment.
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.