NZ’s ‘Vote NO’ Campaign Is a NZ-Funded Effort

SAM-NZ Coalition Media Release 30 June 2020
New Zealand’s Vote No campaign is rubbishing claims that the Vote NO campaign is being bankrolled by or controlled by US organisations.
“An alliance of community organisations and leaders (including ex-addicts, educators, ex-police, addiction counsellors, health professionals and community workers) have joined together to form Smart Approaches To Marijuana NZ (SAM-NZ), and will work together to oppose any attempt to legalise cannabis in New Zealand in the upcoming referendum. We’re pleased to have such a wide-ranging group of organisations and experts from all areas of society to come together to argue against legalising the recreational use of cannabis, based on reputable science and sound principles of public health and safety,” says spokesperson Aaron Ironside.
“Yes, the coalition is drawing on research and resources from prominent US group SAM which is led by Dr Kevin Sabet, a former advisor to three U.S. presidential administrations (Clinton, Bush and Obama Administrations) – the only drug policy staffer to have ever served as a political appointee in a Democrat and Republican administration.”
“SAM’s Staff and Science Advisory Board is composed of world-recognised experts in research, addiction, and treatment who work tirelessly to advance public health and safety, and stand up to a powerful marijuana industry.”
“However, we reiterate that SAM in the US are not telling our coalition how to run our campaign, and have not contributed one cent to it.”
“What we are doing is drawing on the expertise and experience of a group that has watched the outcomes of legalisation in many US states. This is no different to groups like the Drug Foundation inviting people like Deborah Small, executive director of Break the Chains (USA), and US activist & author asha bandele (shown right) – both who attended a symposium attended by Andrew Little and Chlose Swarbrick in the Parliament buildings.”
(Smart Approaches To Marijuana NZ) 
Aaron Ironside                        Spokesperson: SAM-NZ
Pat Buckley                             Amped4Life Trust
Shk Shaakir Ismail                   New Zealand Muslim Association
Pat Walsh                                Secondary School Principal, former head of a Principal’s Ass’n
Rev Pane Kawhia                     Anglican Minister, Ruatoria
Christine Rankin                      Transforming Justice Foundation
Dr Ate  Moala                          PACYFIC Trust
Vic Tamati                               Community Worker
Mo McLeary                            Drug Free Ambassadors
Dr Andreas Leinfellner            Paediatrician.
Kirk Hardy                               The Drug Detection Agency
Alli Axford                               Drug Free World
Mazin  Al-Salim                       Working Together Group (WTG)
Sully Pa’ea                               Community Worker – South Auckland
Maureen MacDonald              Drug-ARM Wellington
Wayne Mulqueen                   Focus on the Family NZ
Jess McVicar                           Sensible Sentencing Trust
Dave Pizzini                             Ex-Police (Detective Senior Sergeant)
Bob McCoskrie                        Family First NZ
Darryl Wesley                         Health Professional
Stuart Caldwell                       Get Smart (Tauranga)
Brendon Warne                      Anti-P Ministries
Alan Vink                                 LeadershipWorx
Dale Kirk                                  Methcon
Stuart Lange                          NZ Christian Network
Nick Tuitasi QSM                     Pacific Wave
John Subritzky                         Promise Keepers
Rob Nordstrom                       Rubicon Alcohol & Other Drug
Gaylene Fraser                        Drug Free World
Karrin  Coates                         Sensible Sentencing Group Trust
Greer Keane                            Te Ata Rangi Rangatahi
Glenn   Dobson                        International Board Member – National Drug and Alcohol
Screening Association (NDASA)
Gayann Phillips                       NZ Christian Network
Christina Stroud                      World Federation Against Drugs
Ismail  Waja                            Working Together Group (WTG)
Bruce Couper                          Ex-Police
Phil Paikea                              Community Worker
Trevor Turner                         Drug Free World
Imraan Ali                               New Zealand Muslim Association
Ronji Tanielu                           Community Worker
Allan Va’a                                Community Worker – South Auckland
Bev Adair-Beets                      Youth Advocate
Piripi Rakete                            Drug Free World
Dr Kevin Sabet                         SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana)
Luke Niforatos                        SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana)

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