TVNZ Reefer Madness
TVNZ probes claim staff used cannabis
Television New Zealand is investigating an allegation that staff smoked cannabis while in Waitangi during a visit by drug law reform campaigners.
Pretty hypercritical really, after the hit job Close Up ran on Dakta Green, to have it revealed that while head office was ranting and raving about stoner madness, the staff were having a quick toke after the filming with the NORML folks on the bus shows up the ludicrous nature of drug prohibition in this country, a ludicrousness that Simon Power has refused to confront with his turning down of Geoffrey Palmers well thought out look at marijuana law reform.
Personally I don't see what the problem with TVNZ staff smoking weed is because being really, really, really stoned is the only way the viewer can watch TVNZ. Having to watch TVNZ bump the PM who was caught out lying about a GST rise for an All Black who groped a teenager on the beach meant many had to light a joint just to calm the indignation. I'd suggest that TVNZ current affairs is one of the leading reasons for medicinal marijuana use in this country.
UPDATE Apparently the angle that was originally filmed was too supportive for the case to change the law, so Close Up HQ ended up doing a hatchet job hence the complaint that while Close Up execs decided to attack the reform movement, TVNZ staff were enjoying a smoke.
Perhaps if TVNZ execs had decided to allow the report go to air as it was, they wouldn't be facing this hypocracy now.