3News 27 January 2014
Another major crack has emerged between Labour and the Greens – their incompatible views on marijuana.
Last week they split on deep-sea drilling, and today Labour leader David Cunliffe dashed Green Party hopes of decriminalising cannabis if in power.
New Zealanders are almost 50-50 when it comes to smoking cannabis. Nearly half have, including Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei.
“I stopped smoking cannabis about 20 years ago,” she says.
If the Green Party had its way it would immediately allow for medicinal marijuana and legal action for violent offences would be prioritised over possession.
The next step is decriminalisation with a legal age limit of 18. But Labour says no way.