Herald: "Do you support widespread legalisation?"God, he's inspiring isn't he. Rodney Hide: Making the world safe for obfuscation and evasion.
Mr Hide: "No."
Herald: "What about cannabis law reform?"
Mr Hide: "No, I think he's confusing me with Nandor [Tanczos]."
Herald: "So you don't support cannabis law reform?"
Mr Hide: "Well, it's not been an issue in Parliament."
Herald: "It has in the past ... "
Mr Hide: "It's never come up for a vote in my time there..."
Herald: "What about the NORML website quotes?"
Mr Hide: "I'm just not interested in commenting on his letter."
Herald: "Do you have a view on cannabis law reform?"
Mr Hide: "I don't think the prohibition on cannabis is giving a good result and I'm all for looking at better ways of managing it. I think it's having no impact on the use of cannabis at all and you can easily see that because we can't keep cannabis out of prisons so we certainly can't keep it out of our streets, no matter how many police we have. So I've always been sceptical of our drug policy and always probably will be. But does that mean I go around and advocate legalisation, of course not."
Herald: "Not decriminalisation either?"
Mr Hide: "It hasn't come up for a vote but certainly if it did it would get interesting because I think it's an important debate to have."
Herald: "Are you saying you don't have a view?"
Mr Hide: "No, I'm saying it hasn't come up for a vote."
LINKS: Worth launches an attack on Hide - NZ Herald
MP Pages: Rodney Hide - NORML New Zealand
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