Cannabis is for adults. Will sex be illegal next?

LETTER

We still are having the debate about cannabis, and whether it should be prohibited because of its effect on a child’s brain. This is not a valid argument, because:

Cannabis is being used by adults, as is alcohol, tobacco and, yes, sex. None of the aforementioned should be used by children. They could all be categorised as harmful to children. There are adequate rules around access to children, and penalties for adults who supply children, with alcohol and tobacco, or who have sex with children. We all know or know of guys and gals who have been molested, raped or seduced by an adult in their childhood. Should we consider having a celibate population, the same as the Roman Catholic Church has for its priests, and perhaps allowing sex only for procreation? How bizarre to even suggest prohibition of sex, yet this is what has happened with cannabis.

Adults are entitled to make their choices. Outgoing PM John Key said on TV1, when asked whether sunbeds should be banned because of the melanoma issue, “You are an adult. You can make your own choice. If you use it . . . it’s OK.” This stance should be taken on the issue of cannabis as well. If you are an adult, you can make your own choice.

So, to say it is harmful to children and has to be banned, is neither sensible nor enforceable. Adults have responsibilities, and with those responsibilities come privileges. We believe that, as adults, we are entitled to grow cannabis in our own gardens, for health benefits. We need those fresh leaves for our smoothies.

If that is achieved by complete re-legalisation, as in some countries, or through a prescription from a doctor to grow a few plants, as in other countries, is irrelevant. It needs to be re-legalised immediately.

Beverley Aldridge,

president, Otamatea

Grey Power

We still are having the debate about cannabis, and whether it should be prohibited because of its effect on a child’s brain. This is not a valid argument, because:

Cannabis is being used by adults, as is alcohol, tobacco and, yes, sex. None of the aforementioned should be used by children. They could all be categorised as harmful to children. There are adequate rules around access to children, and penalties for adults who supply children, with alcohol and tobacco, or who have sex with children. We all know or know of guys and gals who have been molested, raped or seduced by an adult in their childhood. Should we consider having a celibate population, the same as the Roman Catholic Church has for its priests, and perhaps allowing sex only for procreation? How bizarre to even suggest prohibition of sex, yet this is what has happened with cannabis.

Adults are entitled to make their choices. Outgoing PM John Key said on TV1, when asked whether sunbeds should be banned because of the melanoma issue, “You are an adult. You can make your own choice. If you use it . . . it’s OK.” This stance should be taken on the issue of cannabis as well. If you are an adult, you can make your own choice.

So, to say it is harmful to children and has to be banned, is neither sensible nor enforceable. Adults have responsibilities, and with those responsibilities come privileges. We believe that, as adults, we are entitled to grow cannabis in our own gardens, for health benefits. We need those fresh leaves for our smoothies.

If that is achieved by complete re-legalisation, as in some countries, or through a prescription from a doctor to grow a few plants, as in other countries, is irrelevant. It needs to be re-legalised immediately.

Beverley Aldridge,

president, Otamatea

Grey Power

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