University of Otago management has declined to comment on
trespass notices issued against two pro-marijuana students.
Abe Gray, president of the marijuana reform group Norml, and
another group member were issued with trespass notices this
week banning them from the Union Lawn, the area where group
members openly smoke cannabis during their twice-weekly "4.20
Mr Gray and two other students were arrested by police last
Friday after complaints people were smoking cannabis at a
Norml information stand.
Otago University Students Association president Simon Wilson
criticised the trespass orders, saying it was "ridiculous"
students were trespassed from an institution where they paid
Asked by the Otago Daily Times why there was a trespass
notice against Mr Gray, university student services director
David Richardson said in a brief written reply police had
issued the trespass notice so all questions should be
directed to them.
There was nothing to stop anyone protesting off campus he
"As has been stated many times, the university has no problem
with lawful protest. It does have a problem with, and will
not condone, illegal activities."