Andrew Coster says cannabis prosecutions for Māori are down by 17 per cent in the latest figures.
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The Police Commissioner has rejected criticism that Māori are still being unfairly prosecuted for low-level cannabis offences but is concerned they are more likely to be found in possession of the drug.
The Māori Council and the Drug Foundation say a law change last year giving police more discretionary powers has done nothing.
Andrew Coster told Nine to Noon the law change was intended to confirm what was already happening.
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He said there has been about a 40 per cent reduction in cannabis prosecutions in the last five years.