Police have prophecised that cannabis will never be fully legalised in New Zealand. Last year they revealed plans to continue with cannabis prohibition indefinitely and say future governments will never allow a commercial cannabis industry in this country.
Police National Headquarters covert operations manager Detective Inspector Paul Berry said growing and selling of commercial quantities of cannabis "will always be illegal", ruling out any expectation of cannabis legalisation in the future.
He made the comments in relation to a press release put out by NORML calling on 2500 cannabis growers to plead Not Guilty or No Plea to cultivation charges.
Inspector Berry said it was "ludicrous" for these growers to defend the charges in court despite them having a legal right to do so. However, by exercising this legal right those busted in the annual cannabis eradication operation could have clogged the courts, bringing cannabis prohibition to a stand still.
"They need to get on with life," Berry said. "The selling and growing of commercial quantities of cannabis is illegal and will always be illegal and I think they need to move on."
"Their suggestion is ludicrous. Police were not targeting people who smoked joints or bought tinnies, but were actively targeting the drug dealing houses, dealers, and growers."
However, these growers were just growing a safe, natural medicine which should never have been banned in the first place.
If making too much money is their crime, they should be taxed so they contribute to society, rather than burdening the taxpayer, sitting in jail.