Grey Power's national president has spoken in support of a Northland chapter promoting the legalisation of medicinal cannabis, despite it being one of the "more unusual" causes taken up by a local group.
However, Grey Power federation president Tom O'Connor stressed the national organisation did not yet have an official stance on medicinal cannabis and would take a science-based approach if the issue was to come before the board. But, he said, local chapters were entitled to take on their own causes.
"We don't intrude on their autonomy," he said.
One in 20 Kiwis use cannabis for "medical purposes", but 70 per cent of those also use it for recreation, researchers say.
A study published in the New Zealand Medical Journal on Friday found five per cent of Kiwis over the age of 15 had used cannabis for medicinal purposes in the past year.
Of that group, about 70 per cent said they also used the drug recreationally.
Dunne is wrong to claim that medical cannabis is a pharmaceutical-only product, the Cannabis Party says.
Medical cannabis is actually a herbal medicine and should be treated like any other herbal medicine, leader Julian Crawford said.
"In 24 US states it can be bought in its raw form from non-pharmaceutical dispensaries," he said.
"No pharmaceutical company will be able to patent cannabis in its natural form, making it unviable for them."
Compulsory addiction treatment for cannabis users is just as authoritarian and unjustified as the failed War on Drugs.
There is no scientific basis for the government's decision to force up to 26,000 cannabis users into addiction treatment.
The government's refusal to support decriminalisation of cannabis will ensure all the failed outcomes of prohibition will be perpetuated.
Today suppression has been lifted around the Kelly Van Gaalen court case.
The court of appeal quashed her original 2 year prison sentence, ordering a retrial.
"She today stood once again in front of Judge Macdonald and recieved a sentence to her guilty plea of 5 months community detention and 300 hours community work. This is on top of the 3 months prison time which the Court of Appeal said should not have happened," a family spokesperson said.
By Dr Lance O'Sullivan
When will world leaders, politicians and community leaders admit that our punitive approach to the drug problem isn't working?
Next week the world gathers at the United Nations headquarters to agree how countries can work together to solve the world's drug problem. The last time they did this, in 1998, they declared the war on drugs was something that could be won.
The chorus was headed by then-UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, who proclaimed, "It is time for every nation to say 'no' to drugs. It is time for all nations to say 'yes' to the challenge of working towards a drug-free world."
The Government is grossly manipulating statistics to try and justify their failed National Drug Policy.
The Drug Harm Index 2016 is full of estimates and made up figures about drugs.
The index significantly inflates the supposed harm of cannabis by lumping it in with dangerous synthetics.