Turning over a new leaf
Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne has approved the use of a medical cannabis product for a New Zealand teenager with severe epilepsy. Other MPs are saying the country is ready for a wider debate on the marijuana. Last month, Police Association President Greg O’Connor visited Denver, Colorado, where medical marijuana has been legal since 2000 and recreational cannabis was legalised in 2013.
While New Zealand Police are busy cracking down on increasingly sophisticated cannabis growing operations here, in the American state of Colorado, officers are learning what it’s like to police in a world of legalised recreational marijuana.
Cannabis law reform has emerged in various states and countries around the globe, with many at different stages of liberalisation, but in Colorado the authorities have attempted to legislate for the entire process – from the source to the marketplace.