I read that the founder of a Cannabis Club in Northern NZ, has received 4 years & 9 months in Jail, for cultivation & supply. I read the following comments:
‘The founder of the Daktory Cannabis Club has been jailed for four year and nine months.’
‘In October (name removed), 61, was found guilty by a jury on two charges of cultivating cannabis, one of supplying cannabis and a charge of permitting premises to be used for cultivating cannabis.’
“Clearly there must be an uplift for your continued offending and deliberate breaking of the law,” Judge said.
‘Among other charges (the defendant) had 25 previous cannabis offences, including eight for cultivation.’
“Other convictions and not just regarding cannabis suggest you have no respect for the law.” (Judge said)
‘His counsel (name removed) argued that (the defendant) saw himself as a political activist against cannabis laws he did not agree with at a time when it was a ‘live’ political issue.’
‘She said (the defendant) had not been motivated by profit and that the club situation meant only those over the age of 18 were supplied and he had been selective in the people he had involved in the cultivation, making it “different to a regular tinny house”.
‘She said his behaviour was one of civil disobedience aimed at bringing change.’
‘Judge (name removed) didn’t accept (the defendant) did not profit from the club noting he was selling cannabis to the club at $300 an ounce.’
‘(Judge) said (the defendant) had openly flouted the law in attempt to get the police to do something about it… “you used the trial as a protest“.
“I can’t accept this was a political process, but accept you saw it as such,”
“Whatever your belief you are still obliged to obey the law.” (Judge) said.
*Again; it is fact, that the Police & Judges are ‘just doing their jobs’ BUT there is increasingly a public perception that, Cannabis activists are being targeted & being given heavy prison sentences. A suggestion that this is about getting them out-of-the-way, to minimise their activity, when the tide of change is rising in Aotearoa/NZ !?