Colin Craig Ignores Anti-Smoking Law

by cemeteryjones

My esteemed colleague, the honourable Consul Firmin blogged previously on Colin Craig and child poverty. We generally try to avoid doubling up wherever possible, but with Craig in the headlines once more – this time on the issue of child discipline – I thought I’d try and take the kids out of the equation and deal with an issue for the grownups. The shared concern of Consul Firmin and myself relates to the lack of empathy which we find in Mr. Craig’s interventions. I hope that, should he ever read this post or be made aware of it, he will see how his opinions and beliefs, when transposed onto those of people who don’t share them, can be a source of empathy. Some of Mr. Craig’s statements below have been altered for effect (hint hint); we only hope he doesn’t go Civilian on us for this! ON that note, the PUI would like to apologise to Ben Uffindell and Scott Yorke for any offence caused by a post which bites their style, and very badly at that. We promise we won’t do it again.

Today’s Herald article carries details of the interview, which we have reproduced below in a manner which illustrates our point:

During an interview on RadioLive today, Mr Craig was asked if he would start to smoke weed if the law was reversed. “I occasionally do it now,” he replied. Mr Craig told APNZ he did not expect any backlash from the admission.

Polling by Curia Market Research of 1000 respondents last year covered the issue of whether the law banning smoking weed should be changed to smacking weed being a reasonable form of recreation, with 77 per cent agreeing, he said.

Mr Craig conceded that did not necessarily mean the same numbers of parents were ignoring the law and smoking weed.

The law as it stood was too “ambiguous” because it said police would not prosecute a parent for a smoke unless it was in the public interest, Mr Craig said.

He said the physical possession of his own cannabis was technically against the law if police saw it in the public interest to prosecute.

“And how would I know what they think?”

He said mostly his usage consisted of “a joint or a cone or a spot from the oven”.

“I’m high for a moment,” he said.

The vast majority of occasions on which he used drugs were recreational, he said.

A police spokesman said they were satisfied that Mr Craig’s comments on radio this morning did not “amount to disclosure of an offence”.

“Police do not intend being drawn into a political debate on this issue in an election year.”

3News have also covered the issue (with their sister company, radio live, being the host of the original interview):

Mr Craig says since the (cannabis prohibition) law came into force, hard drug abuse rates have gone up and “great families” have been subject to investigation.

“The polling last year… showed that still three-quarters of New Zealanders think this law should be changed. That’s three out of every four New Zealanders still think this law is silly and ought to be changed.”

Instead, he says New Zealand should adopt laws similar to those in the Australian Capital Territory, where smoking is still allowed, and tools such as metal or wooden pipes are not specifically outlawed.

“It still lets good parents get on with the business of discipline, and if they want to have a little smoke on the downlow, they’re allowed to do that. But they’re not allowed to do anything like get on the horse or start using needles,” says Mr Craig.

“I think New Zealanders will breathe a sigh of relief and toke hard when this piece of legislation gets sorted out.”

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“Sorry bro, I’m pretty blazed. Can you repeat the question?”

Wake up, ninny; of course this is satire.

Trying to look on the bright side, maybe John Key could give him a portfolio like Transport? Corrections? Police? You be the judge.