Friday, December 14, 2018


One is entitled to ask why Winston First (under pressure?) capitulated to the Greens and Labour and supported the third reading of the Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Bill.   

In doing so they will have alienated their remaining (if any) right wing support. 

No matter that the Bill is completely silent on the regulatory framework that will underpin the legislation.   Instead the Bill abrogates that to officials who will now seek feedback on how the scheme should operate and develop standards with 'expert' help.   One might have expected that to be part and parcel of the Bill but not so for this government.    Set up (another) working party to hammer out the details away from the scrutiny of parliament..

Let's be very clear ... NZ First went into the election with their stated policy being that any attempt to change the law on the use of cannabis would be determined by referendum ... I'll repeat that ... any attempt to change the law on the use of cannabis would be determined by referendum.   No ifs, buts or maybes.    Clearly that went out the window along with the bit on Maori seats.    Instead, when the Greens and Labour said jump ... Winston said 'how high Sir'. 

Were Winston First to be true to itself they should at least have abstained from voting on the Bill.   Instead they supported poorly drafted legislation that opens the door to the Greens long cherished view that the use of cannabis should be decriminalised.  Greens 1 vs NZ First 0.

NZ First digging its grave having grabbed the shovel handed to it by the Greens.


Lord Egbut Nobacon said...

Has anyone asked why?....perhaps he changed his mind after being presented with evidence he was unaware of. Perhaps he realised that the public were not with him on this. Perhaps he is a contrarian. Perhaps he realised the Govt is ticking along nicely and he should not make waves. Perhaps he has been diagnosed with a terminal illness and is now more mellow. Perhaps it's all of those things.

Perhaps you should ask him.

The Veteran said...

Egbut ... nice summation although you left orf the baubles of office bit ... Winston having to pay his dues. By any measure this Bill was poorly drafted/crafted and the Select Committee process did nothing to enhance it. You don't pass legislation and then hand it over to officials to flesh out the missing bits. The devil is in the detail and the detail ain't there.

This Bill was virtue signalling ... there is a case for the use of medicinal cannabis but all the legislation does is open the door and abrogate the working of it to unnamed, un-elected officials who will make the rules bypassing parliamentary scrutiny ... and you think that's good government.

Lord Egbut Nobacon said...

I have no's all a bit above me and ninety five percent of the population.

Perhaps I should spend more time at Bellamys.

pdm said...

Egbut - rest assured about one thing.

Winston will be doing what is best for Winston.

The Veteran said...

Egbut ... the bar at Bellamys is pretty much down market. The Members and Guests dining room just a cut above that. Many MPs choose to eat away from there just to feel normal again. The 'Old Bailey' across the road from Bowen House is a favoured watering hole with dining cubicles where plots are hatched and reputations destroyed.

Noel said...

I wonder if the the word recreational replaced medicinal if NZFirst would have voted in support?
It appears that support for medicinal cannabis is high so why would you vote against it?
Your are right it's a shit Bill and opting out to that vague term Police Discretion is wrong.