NewsHub 7 September 2019
Family First Comment: “Helen Clark has no problem with gangs and others growing cannabis illegally getting licences, should it become legal. ‘They’ve got the experience of growing it.’”
They have other experience also. Intimidation. Laundering. Deferring funds to illegal activities. Violence….
Helen Clark has no problem with gangs and others growing cannabis illegally getting licences, should it become legal.
“They’ve got the experience of growing it,” the former Prime Minister told Newshub Nation on Saturday.
“If you’re moving to a legal market, why would you exclude the people who have traditionally been growing?”
Clark’s foundation earlier this week came out in support of legalising the popular drug, and treating it as a health issue rather than a criminal one. Next year Kiwis will be asked for their views in a referendum.
“The referendum is not about whether or not people should use it; it’s recognising the reality that it’s there now,” said Clark.
“We could put some rules around it or we continue to have it as a complete free-for-all with no rules at all. So that’s why I came down for rules.”
She says New Zealand’s well-placed to quickly and painlessly convert the black market thanks to existing rules around tobacco, which she helped write.
READ MORE: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2019/09/helen-clark-backs-letting-ex-criminals-sell-cannabis-legally.html