Seems to be a popular tactic with Police Forces….
Radio NZ reports.
“The police suggested deferring because they’re concerned about how these things are to be policed – that’s their job – we of course are concerned to be compassionate in our response.”
Futhermore, the Justice Ministry said it was a “concern” there was not legal protection for other people getting cannabis on behalf of someone who was terminally ill.
But the Health Ministry opposed the defence for friends and family saying that would “significantly broaden the proposal”.
And it argued it could have unintended consequences:
“A person could set up a business supplying illicit cannabis to terminally ill people and argue that the exception and statutory defence cover this activity.”
Nelson lawyer Sue Grey has represented many people charged with obtaining or possessing cannabis for medicinal purposes, and argued friends and family should also have the full legal protection.
“Because the sickest people can’t supply themselves and to put their family under that intense pressure of prosecution for helping a dying or sick person is just completely unfair and unjustified.”
Dr Clark said it was too difficult to extend the defence further, including defining exactly who would be supplying the cannabis in the broader network.
“And we preferred to favour the terminally ill and try to restrict, where possible, the supply of cannabis.”
In a statement, police said they were “committed to preventing the harm caused by illegal drug use and associated offending”.
They said they would work with the Ministry of Health “to support the implementation of a workable, safe and regulated regime”.