Written By: - Date published: 9:55 am, January 12th, 2019 - 51 comments
Categories: class war, democratic participation, drugs, Ethics, Media, Politics, polls, Social issues, workers' rights - Tags: cannabis, election 2020, marijuana, referendum
Most Kiwis are in favour of legalizing Marijuana, according to a new poll reported on NewsHub.*
New Zealand medicinal cannabis company Helius Therapeutics commissioned the poll. Executive director Paul Manning says it will be encouraging for the many New Zealanders who support the liberalisation of recreational cannabis use.
“From this survey, it appears a majority of New Zealanders will vote yes at the 2020 referendum,” Manning says.
“It’s also encouraging for us to see an overwhelming 81 percent of Kiwis continue to support the legal production of medicines from cannabis.
“This very strong support for medicinal use reflects other poll results we’ve seen calling for widespread access to cannabis for therapeutic purposes.”
However, not every one is convinced. Family Fist’s national director Bob McCoskrie, who is leading opposition to the 2020 referendum says the poll is “simply not robust or reliable”.
I guess McCroskie prefers smack.
The voter breakdown is interesting:
Agreement by age:
A few grumpy pensioners, but the older they get, the more they seem to value the therapeutic value of herb.
By political leaning (Yes/No):
I wouldn’t have picked NZ First as being in favour, but apparently so. Also interesting that ACT’s ‘personal liberty’ theories only go so far in practice.
And what a dilemma for the Nats! If they publicly oppose a Yes vote in the referendum, they risk alienating potential voters by being seen as squares, maaan.
Ironic given that their leader is a dope.
I’m with the late Peter Tosh on the referendum:
Doctors smoke it
Nurses smoke it
Judges smoke it
Even the lawyer do
So you got to …
*(Tip of the TS titfer to Dennis Frank).