Initially New Zealand Cannabis activists wanted legalization then after the disastrous Cannabis Referendum last year, it became obvious the big corporate Cannabis set ups including the companies like Tilray and etc wanted to profit in the New Zealand market. Currently in New Zealand accessing Medical Cannabis is what can be summed up as hell, when you add General Practitioner fees, specialist fees and then the price of the Medical Cannabis product, it runs into over $1,000 NZD - $1,300 NZD per month. Originally the Cannabis movement in New Zealand gave up after the disastrous referendum result until I thought of a new approach which is the New Zealand Cannabis community working with the New Zealand Hemp Industry to have the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 fully repealedTwo things in that article interest me:
Number two is the big one here. If you decriminalize marijuana then all those in jail get, quite literally, a get out of jail free card. There are untold 10's of thousands in jail in this country for marijuana right now, most of whom have done nothing more than any of us have, only they were black and got caught.
- It mentions that marijuana is a class C drug that they wanted to move to class D. I'm completely unfamiliar with how they classify drugs. Makes me wonder what A and B are.
- It mentions termination of payments for prisoners held on marijuana charges.
That today is the really big reason there's any opposition to legalization of marijuana: a lot of private prisons are going to lose millions upon millions of dollars in revenues if marijuana is legalized.
How else can you have a nation that's over 70% for legalization and yet you still can't get it done?
The battle will be huge suffice to say as we are telling the people who work in the New Zealand Defense Force, New Zealand Police, that they will no longer be allocated taxpayer money for their seizure of cannabis and the funding for their helicopter rides using military hardware to seize cannabis plants will no longer happen as well.Well, it's a very noble endeavor as far as I'm concerned. It sounds to me like New Zealand is right about where the United States was 20 years ago on the marijuana front.
If New Zealand's battle turns out to be anything like the United States, you have a very hard fight ahead of you. You're going to have to get the masses on your side and that is not easy simply because it takes advertising. Lots of it. That can be done in time, but it takes a lot of patience and perseverance.
I wish you the best of luck in your battle and I think I can safely speak for all of us here when I say if there's anything we can do to help, please let us know.
Nobody looked at anything here until California said, "screw it" and legalized medicinal marijuana. The states have been leading the way ever since.It is a long road. The first real look by a Canadian Parliament was in 1979 or 1980. It would take until 2017 for full legalization to occur.