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Landmark Cannabis Hearing Today At Auckland District Court

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The hearing will begin at 10am and finish around 5pm.

Dakta Green, founder of New Zealand's most prominent cannabis club will today argue that cannabis laws are a fundamental breach of his rights.

Mr Green is arguing for a stay of proceedings on charges of possession and possession for supply and will argue before Judge Keirnan that cannabis laws

discriminate against cannabis users and that the severity of the penalties breach the Bill of Rights Act.

The hearing will see the Misuse of Drugs Act challenged using the Bill of Rights Act

"Alcohol and tobacco are dangerous drugs but are legally available. Cannabis causes less harm to our community", says Green

Mr. Green will be calling two witnesses to support his claims of extreme persecution and discrimination.

Dawn Danby, a former pharmacist currently on home detention for using cannabis as a medicine will appear in support.

Dr Geoff Noller, New Zealand's leading expert on cannabis culture in New Zealand will appear via video link from the University of Otago School of medicine.

"I am confident of victory but whatever the result of my application I will never stop campaigning to free cannabis users from these harsh and unfair laws.

The cannabis laws are wrong. They are fuelled by a pernicious prejudice and perpetuate harmful stereotypes that adversely affect users and their families", said Green.

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