Move to reform cannabis laws meets supporters, opponents

first_imgRadio NZ News 21 October 2017Family First Comment: We said “”It just seems highly ironic that we’re starting to finally realise the harms of tobacco and trying to do everything we can to discourage it, and here are believing in the myth that marijuana is harmless.”But we also said “now we know the real agenda! Legalisation. The Greens have revealed the ultimate goal which the Drug Foundation have always tried to hide behind the smokescreen of ‘decriminalisation’.www.saynopetodope.nzThe Drug Foundation is welcoming what it calls Labour and the Greens’ fresh approach to tackling the country’s drug problems.New Zealand will have a referendum on legalising marijuana for personal use as part of the Greens deal with Labour.Under the deal, drug use will be treated as a health issue and there will be an increase in drug and alcohol treatment funding.Drug Foundation executive director Ross Bell said that approach was long overdue.“One of our frustrations with the National government was its reluctance to look at things like medical cannabis and decriminalisation,” he said.Lobby group Family First said legalising cannabis could put New Zealanders’ health at risk, however.Its national director Bob McCoskrie said he was against the move and there were too many health risks from marijuana, including its effects on cognitive ability.“It just seems highly ironic that we’re starting to finally realise the harms of tobacco and trying to do everything we can to discourage it, and here are believing in the myth that marijuana is harmless.”READ MORE: on ‘obsolete’ cannabis law ‘long overdue’ – Drug FoundationNewsHub 20 October 2017The director of the NZ Drug Foundation is welcoming a referendum on cannabis law reform, saying we need a change after 42 years of drug legislation that’s “done nothing”.In an email sent out to Green Party delegates on Thursday night, the party outlined 10 big policy wins – including a referendum on legalising the personal use of cannabis by 2020, and more financial backing for drug and alcohol services.Drug Foundation director Ross Bell says that as a country with one of the highest proportion of users in the world, it’s about time we got onto it.“Fundamentally for us, it’s long overdue that New Zealand had a crack at its obsolete drug law. The law that’s in place today, in 2017, was passed in 1975,” he said.Family First NZ national director Bob McCoskrie says the announcement of a referendum on personal cannabis use is “stunning hypocrisy” for a party that only wants the public’s view on “the questions that they ask and the results that they like”.“This is the same party that rejected the voice of New Zealanders when they sent a clear message on the anti-smacking law in 2009 – 87 percent of New Zealanders voting against the law,” he said.“The Greens also voted against having a referendum on the hugely controversial issue of changing the definition of marriage when the views of the country were clearly split down the middle.“If the Greens want to show consistency and they want a binding referendum on marijuana, then they should acknowledge and respect the result of the smacking law referendum.”READ MORE: read more

Kane sees signs of deadly partnership with Soldado at Spurs

first_img Harry Kane and Roberto Soldado celebrate a Tottenham goal 1 Harry Kane is backing his partnership with Roberto Soldado to be a hit and fire Tottenham up the Premier League table.The pair have started the past two Premier League games together, with Soldado scoring his first goal in the competition since March in Sunday’s 2-1 win over Everton.And Kane is now hopeful that his new partnership with the Spanish striker can help Spurs to challenge the big guns once again.“I drop a bit deeper and more into the hole, but he’s obviously a top class player and I enjoy playing with him,” said Kane.“We have had some good games in the Europa League and Capital One Cup.“We played the last couple in the Premier League and we’ve got some good results, so hopefully we can form a good partnership.”Up next for Mauricio Pochettino’s side is a daunting trip to to Premier League leaders Chelsea, who are still yet to lose a game this season.But after picking up three wins on the bounce, Kane is optimistic that Tottenham can upset the odds on Wednesday and end Chelsea’s unbeaten run.“We can’t go into it in better form. We have had three good wins in a row in all competitions,” Kane added.“Hopefully we can take that into the game on Wednesday and kick on up the table.”last_img read more

One held for selling ganja to school students

first_imgKolkata: The Narcotics Cell of Kolkata Police has arrested a youth on Monday for allegedly selling ganja to school students.The accused was arrested in front of a reputed English medium school in Park Street area.According to police, on Monday, police personnel from the Narcotics Cell got a tip-off that a youth was seen selling ganja in Park Street area. Working on the information, police on Monday kept a strong vigil in and around the Park Street. Meanwhile, in the afternoon police came to know that the suspect had arrived in front of the sschool. Immediately the police team surrounded the suspect identified as Shaikh Rashid Iqbal. During search police recovered 1.5 kg ganja from his possession. During interrogation, Iqbal stated that he used to sell ganja in packets 10 grams for Rs 1,000. Iqbal confessed that he used receive orders over phone. He sold the ganj around schools and colleges of ParkStreet and Park Circus area.last_img read more