Pot smoking beneficiaries left with nothing

Wednesday 16 November 2011, 8:12AM
By Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party

Beneficiaries who risk losing their benefits due to drug testing are being encouraged to give their Party Vote to the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party in the upcoming election.

Wellington Barrister and party leader Michael Appleby said the only way for beneficiaries to continue using cannabis was to ensure the ALCP was elected on November 26 to fight for their rights.

The Government's aims to target "recreational drug users" by introducing drug testing for those on the benefit.

Beneficiaries who fail drug tests could have their benefits cut off, under new National Party policy announced today.

Mr Appleby said the move could have disastrous consequences for medical users of cannabis.

"We will fight for the right of all New Zealanders to grow and use cannabis for personal or medical use," he said.

"It is important than beneficiaries give their party vote to ALCP otherwise they risk losing their benefits."