Marijuana Reformers Demonstrate In New Zealand

According to a Reuters news feature, an estimated 250 people demonstrated outside of New Zealand’s parliament for the legalization of marijuana. The demonstrators were members of the Aotearoa (New Zealand) Legalize Cannabis Party.

Spokesman for the party, Mike Finlayson, told supporters that the government should get out of people’s lives and concentrate police resources on fighting violent crime. The marijuana-reform group estimates that half a million New Zealanders use the drug.

Police made 11 arrests during the protest after several of the demonstrators lit marijuana cigarettes. The eleven individuals were detained for possession of marijuana and obstructing police.