Although every part of the marijuana plant can be used, it’s primarily the buds that are cured and used in which way you prefer. I stand with legalisation, but I feel that education is so very important in order to prevent abuse of the plant.
in Canada, we have had it legal for a few years now. The government thinks they
control it, but they don’t. All they did was sell very expensive licenses to
anybody that wanted one. So now we have “Pot shops” on every corner. The only
reason it is legal here is during the federal election, our now prime minister
went after the young voters with promises of “weed is not gonna put you in jail
anymore … you won’t have a criminal record anymore”. The Prime Minister bought
those votes successfully.
would just like to say to the good people of the Cook Islands, please research
this topic to the fullest. Find the mistakes other countries made in legalisation
and make marijuana accessible in the right way not for a voter’s or political
if used correctly can help many with mental and physical ailments. And
our youngsters tend to abuse this good thing, and that’s where problems arise.
is key my friends. Take your time in the decision process. Research, research
and more research!
would have been so incredibly simple and fast to put in motion the accessing of
medicinal cannabis products for anyone in need of this medicine by no later
than the 19th of August 2022.
examine the timeline and see how this should have come about.
11-8-22, upon hearing of the results of the overwhelming majority of Cook
Islanders who voted in favour of changing our marijuana laws, Prime Minister
Mark Brown said he wanted to “move quickly in legalising medicinal
cannabis which allows doctors to prescribe it for patients”.
15-8-22, the King’s Representative Sir Tom Marsters confirmed Mark Brown as the
Cook Islands Prime Minister.
next day the QR had the authority to summon the Executive Council, on the
advice of the PM and with at least three or no fewer than two other members of
Cabinet, namely, Mark Brown, Mac Mokoroa, George Maggie or Bobby Tapaitau, all
members of Cabinet who won their constituency vote, with no petitions filed
against them. At this time they could have amended the Narcotics and Misuse of
Drugs Act 2004, under the Regulations, providing for the import, export,
cultivation, possession and supply of medicinal cannabis and to prescribe the
form, duration, terms and conditions of any license for medicinal cannabis
under the Act. This could have been enacted the next day or no more than four
days later on 19-8-22.
PM did not keep his word to move quickly, even with a mandate of the people, an
especially large margin of victory, that gave him the support and the command
to put into effect, quick policies in the Cook Islands to stop nearly all the
senseless imprisonment of our people and to help alleviate the grievous,
physical and emotional pain of those in need of medicinal cannabis products.
the PM has allowed the three separate fiefdoms within the Government, TMO,
Crown Law and Customs, to act in concert in putting out erroneous
information of the Ministry of Health Act 2013 to halt the legal importation of
medicinal cannabis products from New Zealand and the rest of the world.
long as all the criteria is met under the MOH Act 2013, to import personally
prescribed medicinal cannabis by Cook Islanders and tourist alike, the
autocrats in each of the above named fiefdoms do not have the legal authority
to deny us our Constitutional civil rights but the PM is giving them the green
light to stomp all over us.
like Moana Moeka’a, a well-respected Cook Islander and former editor of the
Cook Islands News, stated in a letter to this newspaper, “I note International
Day of Democracy is observed on 15 September. But one shouldn’t read too much
into that in regards to Cook Islands”.