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!
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.
Colorado 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
Promotional materials for my campaign
DLE postcard to be delivered to all households in the Waitakere Ward area:
Corflute signs to be displayed in the Waitakere Ward area:
All designs and slogans are © Chris Fowlie 2016. Authorised by Chris Fowlie c/- The Hempstore, 253 Karangahape Road, Auckland