Labour, Greens crack over cannabis views

first_img3News 27 January 2014Another major crack has emerged between Labour and the Greens – their incompatible views on marijuana.Last week they split on deep-sea drilling, and today Labour leader David Cunliffe dashed Green Party hopes of decriminalising cannabis if in power.New Zealanders are almost 50-50 when it comes to smoking cannabis. Nearly half have, including Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei.“I stopped smoking cannabis about 20 years ago,” she says.If the Green Party had its way it would immediately allow for medicinal marijuana and legal action for violent offences would be prioritised over possession.The next step is decriminalisation with a legal age limit of 18. But Labour says no way.http://www.3news.co.nz/Labour-Greens-crack-over-cannabis-views/tabid/1607/articleID/329908/Default.aspxlast_img read more

Social ban lifted

first_imgThe social probation on fraternities has been lifted effective today, according to a letter sent by Vice President for Student Affairs Michael L. Jackson. Parties are still only permitted on Friday and Saturday nights while classes are in session.  The ban has prohibited informal gatherings at fraternities on Tuesday and Thursday nights since April 2011, after several negative events occurred within the Greek community.  “Your community is working diligently to demonstrate the ability to self-govern,” Jackson wrote in an email to the Greek community. “Stay focused on this important issue. Your leaders are on the right track and are prepared for a restoration social privileges, in accordance with other university policies, without the necessity of the extra level of scrutiny imposed by the social probation.” The email reminded Greek students that parties are not allowed to continue beyond 10 p.m. on weekday nights, as specified in SCampus.The probation was lifted because the Greek community had begun to successfully implement recommendations of the Greek Task Force, which was developed after the ban began.Jackson wrote that these recommendations would result in a “stronger, more responsible and more respected community.”last_img read more