Former Green MP and Whakatāne councillor Nándor Tánczos says there’s a sturdy mandate for drug legislation reform despite the preliminary result of the cannabis referendum. Photo / Screenshot
The Government is being urged not to ignore a “strong mandate” for drug legislation reform despite the fact that voters seem to have rejected legalising cannabis for private use.
Former Green MP and Whakatāne councillor Nandor Tanczos, who has supported legalisation for 30 years, stated the unlawful standing of cannabis created a metaphoric wall between well being companies and cannabis customers.
“It’s treating people who use cannabis as criminals and outsiders who don’t belong in society, that they’re bad people,” he instructed the Herald.
“It’s completely incorrect to say the electorate has rejected cannabis law reform entirely. There is a strong mandate for some kind of change. It’s going to be up to us [not politicians] whether drug law reform goes back on the table.”