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Wellington cannabis club raided, two men arrested

Newshub logoNewshub 23/08/2019 Dan Satherley, Simon Wong
a hand holding a glass of wine: Watch: Cannabis lovers gather at Whangarei Daktory for happy end to 2016. © Video - Newshub; Image - Drug Policy Alliance Watch: Cannabis lovers gather at Whangarei Daktory for happy end to 2016.

Two men in their late 60s have been arrested on drugs charges in Wellington following a police raid.

Police say the 69- and 67-year-old men face 21 charges between them of supplying and possessing class B and C drugs.

Officers seized cannabis, cash and equipment for growing cannabis.

It's understood the operation took place at a cannabis club known as The Daktory on Hania St. The original Daktory, in Auckland, was shut down in 2012 after a police raid.

The Wellington club is run by the same man who ran the Auckland operation, Dakta Green. Newshub understands he's one of the two who were arrested on Friday.

When the Wellington Daktory opened earlier this year, Green told Stuff he expected police are now "taking a much more open view".

"I want to actually invite the police to come along, and have a look and see what we're doing."

He's reportedly opposed to the upcoming referendum on recreational cannabis, saying MPs should just change the law, as they did with homosexual and prostitution law reform.

Green served time for his actions in Auckland. 

"One day, and I hope in the near future, our members of Parliament will understand that there is no good reason to send people to jail for cannabis, other than the fact it is an illegal product," Green said in 2011.

"It's time we questioned why cannabis is illegal, and the fact that there might be one in a million that have some adverse reaction to cannabis is not a reason to send me to jail – it's a reason to have a health-related approach to dealing with these issues."

The accused pair will face court on Monday.

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