By Jenny Suo, 3 News
TUE, 09 NOV 2010
Thousands of spectators were forced to leave minutes into the second half of the Kiwis-Kangaroos Four Nations league match, as fights broke out and bottles were thrown.
"Alcohol is what fuels violence. Last week there was rioting at the rugby league in Auckland. If they're allowed to use cannabis at next year's event, they wont even need alcohol."
Appleby says spectators from New Zealand and around the world will be using cannabis at next year's games, and it's pointless to attempt to patrol its use.
"Seventy-five to 80 percent of young New Zealanders have tried cannabis by the time they're 20, and foreigners will be smoking it just as much," he says.
"It's a complete waste of the police time and the court's time to target these people - It will be the public paying for it."
Amnesty was implemented in Spain during the Football World Cup and Appleby says it was a success.
"It worked. The people who smoked cannabis didn't indulge in violence. It's the people indulging in alcohol that get out of control."
Rugby World Cup Minister Murray McCully
has ordered an official report into the running of Saturday's league test at Eden Park after bottles were thrown on the pitch and at the players.
Comment on TV3 website:
18 NOV 2010
One cannot in all earnesty maintain an elite sporting career and indulge in alcohol due to its many debilitating effects whereas the same cannot be said of cannabis.
In that alcohol impairs healing and reasoning whereas cannabis does not it is arguable that those who like and prefer cannabis have an unfair sporting advantage.
Further, [Swiss] research shows that that in the youth demographic in particular those who prefer cannabis over alcohol are MORE LIKELY to engage in sport runs counter to both the myths and the political rhetoric such that those who protest otherwise should recuse themselves from voting or (and) maintaining the massive vested interests in revenues from alcohol excise, GST and PAYE taxation.
It's not about Alcohol vs Cannabis as an intoxicant (that misrepresents why people enjoy either), rather its about removing the double standards and prejudices that are impediments to effective health promotion, rational social justice and economics of harm reduction.
Labels: Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party, Eden Park, Michael Appleby, Murray McCully, New Zealand national rugby league team, Rugby World Cup