A Dunedin man was elected leader of the Aotearoa Legalise
Cannabis Party at the weekend.
Journalist Julian Crawford was elected at the party's annual
meeting held in Dunedin over the weekend.
He replaces Wellington lawyer Michael Appleby, who stood down
after leading the party since its formation in 1996.
Mr Crawford said he was ''honoured'' to be taking over the
leadership of the party and hoped to continue the work of its
He felt there was a mood for change in New Zealand over
cannabis law reform. Other countries and states had opted to
either legalise it, or allow its medicinal use.
It was his long-term aim to have the party represented in