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“Actually, I wanted to go straight ahead, but the police have moved in,” said a man who stopped his vehicle to inspect the plants. “I think someone wasn’t happy with her.”
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Motorists on New Zealand’s State Highway 3 got a surprise this week when they passed a roundabout in Whanganui.
Two boxes of cannabis, including two mature plants, were thrown away in the middle of the roundabout, reports the New Zealand Herald.
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A man, unwilling to be named, told the Herald that he had got out of his vehicle to inspect the plants. “Actually, I wanted to go straight into it, but the cops moved in,” he said. “I think someone wasn’t happy with her.”
According to the police, the cannabis has now been destroyed. Possession of any amount of cannabis is illegal in New Zealand.
Last year the island nation held a referendum that could have lifted the cannabis ban, but the measure was narrowly rejected, with 50.7 percent of voters opposed to legalization and 48.4 percent voting in favor.
If it had happened, New Zealanders would be allowed to legally buy up to 14 grams of cannabis per day and grow two plants.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was criticized by supporters during the referendum for failing to disclose how she would vote on the matter despite admitting her past cannabis use.
After the preliminary results were published, Ardern said she voted for legalization.
Questions about US influence on the referendum were raised after the vote.
The “Say Nope to Dope” campaign was a vocal critic of legalization and was made available by the US organization Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM). SAM is led by Kevin Sabet, an advisor to the White House Office of National Drug Control.
“We’re 100 percent funded by concerned Kiwi families, we’ve got nothing to hide,” SAM-NZ campaign leader Aaron Ironside told RNZ in July after allegations of US funding surfaced.
“We just went up to them as a group of like-minded organizations in New Zealand and said, ‘You guys all did homework and you did the research, would it be okay if we presented the same data under your name? ‘And they said that would be fine,’ said Ironside.
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