Drug's use up for debate

The Star - Dunedin
Apr 24 2008
Page 4 - News

Drug's use up for debate

By Brenda Harwood

The polarising topic of cannabis law reform will be debated next week, when Dunedin experiences it's first Cannabis Awareness Week.

Presented by the Otago branch of NORML, the National Organisation for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, the week will run from April 25 to May 3 and will include a programme of protest events, gigs, lectures and information days. The week coincides with a visit to the city of NORML protest vehicle "Maryjane the CannaBus", on a national tour.

On Monday at 7pm, Green MP Metiria Turei and Aoteroa Legalise Cannabis Party parliamentary candidate Paul McMullan will give an open lecture on "Cannabis and Humanity: History and Politics" at the University of Otago's St. David Lecture Theatre.

"The Physioloogy of Cannabis Use" will be the topic of an open lecture at 7pm next Wednesday, presented by Professor of Respiratory Medicine D. Robin Taylor, Dr. John Ashton of the university's Pharmacology Department, Dr. Gavin Cape of the university's Department of Psychological Medicine, at the St. David Lecture Theatre.

The major event of the week will be an open lecture and debate on the topic "Cannabis and Alcohol: Is Prohibition Rational?" at 7pm next Thursday in the St. David Lecture Theatre.

Cannabis Awareness Week will end next Saturday with "J-Day" activities, including a civil disobedience protest in the Octagon.

Contacted by The Star, Dunedin Police area commander inspector Dave Campbell said he did not intend to add to organisers' publicity campaign by commenting.