Dunedin man elected to lead cannabis party

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 longstanding members.

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 Parliament.

-vaughan.elder@odt.co.nz

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