‘Status quo’, or democracy?

LETTER

Huge amounts of money were donated to anti-cannabis campaigns at the time of the US election by the pharmaceutical and alcohol lobbyists. That couldn’t happen here now, could it?

We see that the re-legalisation of cannabis in New Zealand seems to exemplify many of the issues facing us as a nation. Peter Dunne is confident there is no political appetite for a change to cannabis laws. Has there been lobbying such that the people’s voice is being ignored not only with cannabis, but also GE organisms, fluoridation, billions of litres of water being extracted from our aquifers and exported by overseas entities, US ships blasting our coastline waters and endangering and possibly causing whale strandings, discussion of compulsory vaccinations, gridlock on our roads and massive homelessness from unprecedented immigration? Are there influences which Minister Dunne knows of that enable him to be so assured there is no political appetite for the re-legalisation of cannabis? Is it reasonable to take from his statement that the only MPs or parties who will support cannabis re-legalisation or consider a binding referendum are those who are independent of influence, or are we being governed by personal beliefs, or are we just blatantly being ignored with “Mother knows best”?

We believe these issues and many more are intertwined and that, as a people, we must recognise each other’s issues and stand together. We must always ask who is the beneficiary of these unwanted decisions. Who benefits from the continuing prohibition of cannabis? Who benefits from GE organisms? Who is benefitting from the massive immigration?

Whatever happened to our democracy, where the people’s views were not only represented but mattered? It is timely to consider whether we want the “status quo” or whether we want to return to our democratic grassroots, and identify which parties will work towards retrieving that.

Beverley Aldridge/Kathleen Pattinson

Otamatea Grey Power

Huge amounts of money were donated to anti-cannabis campaigns at the time of the US election by the pharmaceutical and alcohol lobbyists. That couldn’t happen here now, could it?

We see that the re-legalisation of cannabis in New Zealand seems to exemplify many of the issues facing us as a nation. Peter Dunne is confident there is no political appetite for a change to cannabis laws. Has there been lobbying such that the people’s voice is being ignored not only with cannabis, but also GE organisms, fluoridation, billions of litres of water being extracted from our aquifers and exported by overseas entities, US ships blasting our coastline waters and endangering and possibly causing whale strandings, discussion of compulsory vaccinations, gridlock on our roads and massive homelessness from unprecedented immigration? Are there influences which Minister Dunne knows of that enable him to be so assured there is no political appetite for the re-legalisation of cannabis? Is it reasonable to take from his statement that the only MPs or parties who will support cannabis re-legalisation or consider a binding referendum are those who are independent of influence, or are we being governed by personal beliefs, or are we just blatantly being ignored with “Mother knows best”?

We believe these issues and many more are intertwined and that, as a people, we must recognise each other’s issues and stand together. We must always ask who is the beneficiary of these unwanted decisions. Who benefits from the continuing prohibition of cannabis? Who benefits from GE organisms? Who is benefitting from the massive immigration?

Whatever happened to our democracy, where the people’s views were not only represented but mattered? It is timely to consider whether we want the “status quo” or whether we want to return to our democratic grassroots, and identify which parties will work towards retrieving that.

Beverley Aldridge/Kathleen Pattinson

Otamatea Grey Power

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Zorba - 4 months ago
Democracy only works if the people are educated - clearly weed smokers and other druggies aren't. The authors are skating on thin ice.

Mary-Ann de Kort - 4 months ago
Democracy is only a once in three years chance to get the right government.
After nine years, we shouldn't be fooled by a government which ignores people's needs most of the time then provides bandaids just before an election. These last-minute promises are very often less than the amounts which have been taken out of the social sector, housing and health in the first place.
Governments should be spending taxpayer dollars for the benefit of taxpayers rather than foreign-owned corporates.
Governments should also listen to the people who see their taxpayer money used to police a drug which is less harmful than alcohol, p or prescription drugs.
The costs of helicopter surveillance and incarceration far exceed the cost of the harm to the community.
Legalisation will provide tax income, get people off benefits with legalised income and save money while freeing up police time to catch real criminals.
I'd say that's a win-win for everyone.

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