8:30pm – Wednesday, July 13 on TV 3
Inside New Zealand: High Time?, screening on Wednesday, July 13 th at 8.30pm on 3, investigates the facts and fallacies surrounding cannabis use in New Zealand and asks whether it’s time we made cannabis legal. Central to the story is Dakta Green, formerly known as Ken Morgan, who was an electorate chairman for the National Party and campaigner for Saturday Trading and Casinos before becoming an advocate for cannabis law reform. He is leading the charge for cannabis to be legalised and has set up “The Daktory”, a warehouse in West Auckland that operates as a club for cannabis users where they can purchase and smoke the drug, as an example of how legalisation might work in the future. “The purpose of this club is to show my fellow New Zealanders that you have absolutely nothing to fear from people who are part of the cannabis culture,” says Green.
Warren Young from the Law Commission has been involved in a recent review of our Drugs Laws and he also supports changes to our cannabis laws: “I think simply carrying as we’re carrying on at the moment doesn’t really work,” he says.
In New Zealand, there are also people using cannabis who have a legitimate need – for some people it offers pain relief or therapeutic benefits that they can’t get from prescription medicines.
However, under current legislation these people are being charged and convicted. “I’ve had to deal with all of the fall out from police, the courts lawyers corrections and my life’s just completely changed,” says one such user, Dawn. Inside New Zealand: High Time? explores the pros, cons, costs and risks of taking a more liberal approach to cannabis when it screens on Wednesday, July 13 th at 8.30pm on 3.