Marijuana has an almost unique ability to get people unhinged.
Well, not people. Politicians.
Latest to fall foul of their sanity when it comes to the cannabis? The Internet Mana menage led by Hone and Laila.
Laila’s DotCon front wants to legalise cannabis, for reasons both fair and foul, but good on them nonetheless for being willing to free smokers who like a wee toke. Hone’s mana however doesn’t allow him to concede on a subject for which he’s previously called for execution – yes, live execution on television, for peaceful pot dealers.
I did use the word “unhinged.”
This is not the first time politicians had a public spat about what should be a straightforward issue of freedom. You’ll recall that Don Brash’s 2011 election campaign was derailed by his ill-chosen colleague John Banks, when the Minister of Rhyming Slang threw a tantrum over Brash’s perfectly principled proposal to legalise a victimless crime.
We might wish that history would repeat for Laila and Hone.
But that hardly advances the principle, does it.