South Dunedin will soon be home to New Zealand's first
cannabis museum - and the police are among those keen to pay a
visit. Jonathan Chilton-Towle reports.
Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis South Island manager Julian
Crawford (left) and Legalise Cannabis House manager Abe
Gray are opening New Zealand's first cannabis museum in
Dunedin. Photo by Jonathan Chilton-Towle.
A window display of two mannequins doing ''spots'' - smoking
cannabis using heated knives - is planned for the front
window of a cannabis museum being set up in Dunedin.
Legalise Cannabis House in David St, where the museum is
located, is to become the national base of the Aotearoa
Legalise Cannabis Party and includes a broadcasting studio
and computer suite for running the organisation's campaigns.
The museum will display information about cannabis and its
history in Dunedin.
The museum holds more than 100 books about cannabis - many of
which are unavailable in public libraries.
The idea is the brainchild of Legalise Cannabis House manager
Abe Gray and Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis South Island manager
''There will be no cannabis smoked or sold in the house,'' Mr
''There will only be information.''
Local businesses spoken to by The Star were mostly unfazed by
the appearance of the cannabis museum.
One business owner, who did not wish to be named, said
alcohol caused more problems, while another thought if
cannabis was legalised it would help get synthetic highs such
as K2 off the street.
Other organisations were unaware of the museum and did not
wish to comment.
Senior Sergeant Darryl Lennane, the acting area prevention
manager, said police were not aware the museum had been
established in South Dunedin.
''Police support safe and drug-free communities and cannabis
is a drug that creates a significant level of social harm in
our communities and often has a strong connection to
organised criminal activities.''
The police would be paying the museum a visit, Snr Sgt
Mr Gray believed opposition to cannabis legalisation was not
as strong as in the past, especially since it had been
legalised for medicinal use in several overseas
Dunedin had a strong history of activism for the legalisation
of cannabis and, if the substance was legalised, Mr Gray
believed there was a good opportunity for Dunedin to become a
''Dunsterdam'' - a centre for cannabis tourism.
Besides promoting cannabis law reform, the museum would
promote open-source software and would have computers and
other equipment available for the community to use.
Mr Gray hoped the house would show that pro-cannabis
activists were community-minded people.