Pubdate: Fri, 11 Feb 2005
Source: Nelson Mail, The (New Zealand)
Copyright: 2005 Independent Newspapers Limited
Author: Steve Wilkinson
Bookmark: (Cannabis)



The benefits of alcohol, none for anyone under 65. But last year alcohol 
accounted for 1035 deaths in New Zealand.    The benefits of tobacco, none. 
But has the highest rate of addiction than any other drug, and is 
responsible for 4700 deaths each year in New Zealand.

The benefits of cannabis, many. Cannabis is the only known annually 
renewable natural resource able to provide the overall majority of our 
paper, textiles and food, meet all out transportation, home and industrial 
energy needs. No deaths.

The NZ National Drug survey calculated that the retail value of cannabis is 
estimated between $84.3 -$140 million each year.   Why not let the 
government tax this resource and take it out of the hands of organised crime.

The Nelson/ West coast district is ideal for growing cannabis, imagine the 
boost to the local economies, as well as being able to produce our own 
fuel, removing our dependency from raising fuel prices, as well as all the 
other benefits that would arise from removing cannabis prohibition, 
unclogging court and police time.

It's the right thing to do!

Steven Wilkinson 
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