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Think about a pleasing Saturday morning stroll on Mount Maunganui Seashore, however as a substitute of the standard pure smells, one other odour dominates the air: cannabis.

That was the image drug dependancy employee Darryl Wesley has painted for Tauranga Metropolis Council of a New Zealand with legalised marijuana.

The Tauranga man, 51, introduced to a council assembly this morning about his opposition in direction of strikes to decriminalise the drug for private use.

A survey of councillors by the Bay of A lot Instances after the assembly discovered that Wesley was preaching to the choir, with all councillors current opposing legalisation.

In Could the Authorities introduced a referendum can be held subsequent yr about whether or not cannabis ought to be legalised for private use, with draft laws included.

Wesley, who has labored within the drug dependancy restoration subject for 10 years – 5 of these in Tauranga – mentioned he had not seen…