Preliminary results for the cannabis referendum, announced on Friday, revealed 53 percent voted against legalisation, with 46 percent in favour.
Those campaigning yes to the cannabis referendum argued that fewer Māori would have a criminal record if it was legalised as they were six times more likely to get a custodial sentence for cannabis than non-Māori.
New Zealand Māori Council chief executive Matthew Tukaki said he knows many Māori would be disappointed with the failure of the cannabis referendum.
However, he said the disparity in the policing of cannabis that leads to more Māori being charged and convicted for cannabis offences than non-Māori could still be addressed.
…the bullshit cop response is blah blah blah, we are doing better, but as the Drug Foundation pointed out…
…it’s all just more prohibitionist bullshit.
Remember, when Labour had the option to stop a racist drug law, they refused to do so because 50.7% want to criminalise the other 49.3% and according to Labour, that kind of majoritarianism is fine and dandy.
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