Three staff at TVNZ's flagship current affairs show Close Up have been accused of smoking marijuana after filming a segment called "Reefer Madness", which screened last Tuesday. A fourth TVNZ staff member was also present.(email response to the journalist David Fisher)
Which also points to a significant anomaly in the weighting given to those who smoke 'other peoples' pot.
These folk are exempt from the illicit status in most all respects. They are protected courtesy of a culture of consideration for others. This may escape those for whom alcohol and tobacco is a drug of choice but it points to a massive unrepresented demograph for whom the law is without force and effect, for whom the quantifiable risk is near zero. We have an entire culture of occasional users who live like it is legal and no one notices. Cannabis carries with it some risk and downside entirely attributable to 'the law' for a targeted group of people. Any law that is discriminatory in application is a bad law. There is the back story. They are your staff. Interview them. Tell us what would happen to them if they were held up to such moral probity and legal sanction. That might inform the debate better than this speculation....