WLT 2016

ARCHIVE: Here’s why I ran for the Waitakere Licensing Trust in the 2016 local body elections.

Note: this is an archive copy. The election campaign is over. I finished with 732 votes, or 13% of the votes cast. This is actually, as far as I can tell, a world record result for a ‘legalise cannabis’ candidate. No one else has ever got a better result standing on a cannabis ticket. So for that I am truly thankful and grateful!

Cannabis is safer than alcohol, so let’s treat it that way.     Chris Fowlie WLT - Corflute Landscape 5 Regulate Cannabis Like Alcohol    

The Trusts already control the availability of alcohol, and funnel profits into local community groups and projects. The Trusts should do the same with cannabis – obtain a license to cultivate cannabis for research and medical purposes, and trial Cannabis Social Clubs where adults could safely obtain cannabis for their own use.

Licences for this are permitted under the current law. Instead of funding organised crime, any profits from the Cannabis Clubs could fund community groups, including drug and alcohol treatment.

Chris Fowlie WLT - Corflute Landscape 6 Cannabis Is SaferColorado now collects more tax revenue from cannabis than from alcohol. This is used to fund local schools, police, substance abuse programs, scholarships, and homeless shelters. Since making cannabis legal in Colorado, there is less teenage cannabis use, fewer road deaths, fewer suicides, less abuse of prescription meds, crime is down, and the economy is booming.

Given the complete failure of attempts to prohibit cannabis here, I believe we should at least try other approaches. West Auckland could be the launch pad for a new approach to drug control that minimises harm and puts any profits back into the local community.

I grew up out West and have been actively involved in drug harm reduction and law reform for over twenty years, including as President of NORML New Zealand Inc. If you support cannabis law reform, please consider voting for me.

For more info visit norml.org.nz

Make sure you are enrolled to vote in the Auckland Council elections, and please post your vote for me by October 8th!

Promotional materials for my campaign

DLE postcard to be delivered to all households in the Waitakere Ward area:

Chris Fowlie WLT - DLE v3a p1 Chris Fowlie WLT - DLE v3a p2

Corflute signs to be displayed in the Waitakere Ward area:

Chris Fowlie WLT - Corflute 300x600 Cannabis Is Safer Than Alcohol Chris Fowlie WLT - Corflute 300x600 Regulate Cannabis Like Alcohol Chris Fowlie WLT - Corflute 300x600 Medical Cannabis Clubs Chris Fowlie WLT - Corflute 300x600 Medical Cannabis Clubs rasta

Chris Fowlie WLT - Corflute Landscape 6 Cannabis Is Safer Chris Fowlie WLT - Corflute Landscape 5 Regulate Cannabis Like Alcohol Chris Fowlie WLT - Corflute Landscape 5 Regulate Cannabis The Safer Choice Chris Fowlie WLT - Corflute Landscape 7 Medical Cannabis Chris Fowlie WLT - Corflute Landscape 7 Medical Cannabis rasta

 

All designs and slogans are © Chris Fowlie 2016. Authorised by Chris Fowlie c/- The Hempstore, 253 Karangahape Road, Auckland

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