Is this museum a good move?
Dunedin is a little closer to becoming the Amsterdam of the South Pacific as Whakamana: the Cannabis Museum of Aotearoa counts down to opening.
A joint venture by the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party and Otago cannabis lobby group Otago NORML, the museum will officially open on Sunday, October 6, under the directorship of long-time Otago cannabis lobbyist Abe Gray.
"All the local journalists and politicians will be invited, plus a few celebrity musicians. The general public are also invited," Mr Gray said.
The opening would kick off Cannabis Awareness Week taking place online and at Dunedin venues.
The inaugural exhibit will highlight the history of cannabis law reform activism at the University of Otago dating back to the 1970s.
"People in the community have been overwhelmingly supportive," Mr Gray said.
The museum will have displays and information designed to educate visitors on aspects of cannabis use and the pro-cannabis lobby. Some merchandise, such as T-shirts, will be sold to raise funds for the campaign.
Those behind the museum hope the facility will strengthen their campaign to legalise cannabis.
"We've had this concept of Dunsterdam, the Amsterdam of the South Pacific," Julian Crawford, of Legalise Cannabis, said last month.
Amsterdam, which has legalised the sale of cannabis to adults, was doing well out of the resulting trade, he said. If legalisation of cannabis happened in New Zealand, it was hoped the Government would follow the Dutch model. Fairfax NZ
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