Media Release

Investigate Dunne's links to fraudster

The Cannabis Party is calling for an investigation into Peter Dunne after he admitted he is still working with fraudster Toni-Marie Connolly (Formerly Toni-Marie Matich).

Victims of Ms Connolly said they have been blocked by her on social media and have received no communications after they collectively lost $80,000.

Toni's original charity has already become defunct and has re-branded as Medical Cannabis Advocacy New Zealand.

Drug laws violate Bill of Rights

The Misuse of Drugs Act breaches fundamental human rights, The Cannabis Party says.

A senior United Nations official said last year that "the criminalisation of possession and use has been shown to cause significant obstacles to the right to health".

Now New Zealand's Attorney-General Hon Christopher Finlayson has admitted that New Zealand's drug laws were never assessed against the Bill of Rights Act.

Cannabis Party calls for Van Gaalen's release

The Cannabis Party is calling for Northland business woman and mother of three Kelly Van Gaalen to be freed.

Mrs Van Gaalen was arrested after her family were the victims of a home invasion. Police found cannabis which she admitted was for personal use.

She had two plants, including one that had grown "exceptionally well", a family spokesperson said. "She was a victim of an exceptional gardening skill."

Green MP opposes cannabis referendum

Green MP Marama Davidson is opposing a referendum about medical cannabis and says “it's better to continue with the work to date by Peter Dunne”.

This is despite revelations Peter Dunne was working extensively with a fraudulent charity, United in Compassion New Zealand.

Peter Dunne worked with United In Compassion and appeared with Toni-Marie Matich on TVNZ's Q+A show, after Kiwibank had already raised financial concerns about the charity.