Cannabis referendum: Grey Power accused of undemocratic stance on debate

This story was originally published on RNZ.co.nz and is republished with permission.

Grey Power has been accused of taking an undemocratic stance in opposing cannabis legalisation. But the organisation’s president says that is not the case, and the yes voters within the association’s ranks are a tiny minority.

Beverley Aldridge is the president of the Otamatea branch of Grey Power in Northland, and said she supports legalisation.

Beverley Aldridge, centre, with her son Mikael and husband Owen, pictured outside Parliament in 2017 after Aldridge had spoken to a Parliamentary committee considering the petition.

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Beverley Aldridge, centre, with her son Mikael and husband Owen, pictured outside Parliament in 2017 after Aldridge had spoken to a Parliamentary committee considering the petition.

Her chapter took a petition to Parliament in 2016 seeking legalisation, and believes people should be allowed to grow plants at home and consume as they will.

But she said the wider Grey Power organisation has taken a staunch stance against the referendum without consulting all members.

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