Former Green MP and Whakatāne councillor Nándor Tánczos says there is a strong mandate for drug law reform despite the preliminary result of the cannabis referendum. Photo / Screenshot
The Government is being urged not to ignore a “strong mandate” for drug law reform even though voters appear to have rejected legalising cannabis for personal use.
Former Green MP and Whakatāne councillor Nandor Tanczos, who has supported legalisation for 30 years, said the illegal status of cannabis created a metaphoric wall between health services and cannabis users.
“It’s treating people who use cannabis as criminals and outsiders who don’t belong in society, that they’re bad people,” he told 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.”