Judges, Police, MPs Use Cannabis, Says Tanczos

Judges, Police, MPs Use Cannabis, Says Tanczos
Posted by FoM on February 21, 2000 at 13:51:48 PT
By Kevin Taylor
Source: The Press On-Line
Some judges and police officers smoke cannabis, says Green MP Nandor Tanczos. Mr. Tanczos, who openly admits using cannabis, told more than 300 University of Canterbury students yesterday that he was not the only MP who had used the drug. He said millions of dollars were being spent on cannabis prohibition when the police did not have the resources to respond to real crimes, like burglaries and violence. 
The cannabis law was creating a taxpayer subsidy for organised crime because prohibition artificially inflated the price of the drug, he said. The law will be reviewed this year, and Mr Tanczos urged students to get involved in the issue by writing to their MPs. "We have to get real about this issue. The way we are approaching it is not working." New Zealand now had the highest arrest rate in the world for cannabis offences, and had among the highest cannabis use rates in the world. "If the point of the law is to stop people using cannabis, it's clearly not working," he said. Mr Tanczos said after the speech that he had spoken to police officers who had used cannabis. He also referred to a 1997 newspaper article in which some politicians admitted they had used the drug. He could not expand on his claim about judges using cannabis other than to say that a former head of a commission had admitted to using the drug. "I'm not actually clear whether he was a judge," he said. Mr Tanczos could not remember his name either. However, he said the point he was trying to make was that cannabis use was widespread across society. Last week Mr Tanczos claimed in Parliament that some MPs had been "drunk in charge of the country". He later said he had been referring to one MP. New Zealand News from The Press - Tuesday, February 22, 2000Copyright  1999 The Christchurch Press Company Ltd.  Related Article:MP's Hemp Suit Tailor's Delight
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