Police turn blind eye to smokers, target cannabis dealers and growers

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There's been a major drop in the number of people being charged with the use and possession of cannabis in the past 20 years, and police have admitted they are turning a blind eye to some drug offending.

Turning a blind eye to marijuana: Blatantly breaking the law in front of our law makers
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In 26 years there’s been a 70% drop in the number of people being charged for cannabis use and possession.
In 26 years there’s been a 70% drop in the number of people being charged for cannabis use and possession.
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New figures given to ONE News shows that in 26 years, there's been a 70 per cent drop in the number of people being charged - from nearly 8,000 in 1990 to 2,500 last year.

In 2010 police gave their officers the option to give formal warnings to those arrested for minor offences, and today, senior cops say they're after growers and dealers, not those having the odd toke.

"I think we've got a bit smarter with how we focus on individuals, we're certainly focused on those supplying and trafficking," National Crime Manager Tim Anderson said.

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The Legalise Cannabis Party devoured their baking in protest as Parliament’s security watched on.
The Legalise Cannabis Party devoured their baking in protest as Parliament’s security watched on.
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Cannabis campaigners says the Government needs to change the law, something there appears to be little appetite for.

"We're comfortable with the law, which means the use of cannabis is a criminal act, and we don't intend to change that," Acting Prime Minister Bill English said.
 

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