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Grey Power's pot plan snuffed out

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 12/07/2016

A pensioner group's plan to gain national support for marijuana to be made legal has gone up in smoke.

Grey Power's Otamatea chapter came out in favour of legalising the drug for medicinal purposes in May, launching a petition to be presented to Northland MP Winston Peters.

But the group's national body says it's unlikely to support the campaign any time soon.

Chapter president Beverley Aldridge told Radio NZ that while no members currently used the drug they wanted it as an option.

"We've seen our loved ones - you know, family and friends - dying in extreme pain and we don't want to go through that," she said.

Ms Aldridge said the drug had been used medicinally for thousands of years.

National president Tom O'Connor declared on Wednesday that the group does not have its support, instead noting there was a growing trend of activists and single issue groups trying to use the Grey Power brand to promote their causes.

"We get all sorts of weird and wonderful ideas popping up from time to time but we are very careful about who and what we support nationally," he said.

"Most of our member association delegates have a very good idea of what actually comprises the real business of Grey Power and any remit to change the marijuana laws would have very little chance of being accepted."

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