Mulqueen resigns from Waimate Council

AL WILLIAMS
Last updated 15:11 16/11/2012
Sandy Mulqueen
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RESIGNED: Waimate councillor Sandy Mulqueen, lost a bid for cannabis decriminalisation in the district earlier this year, has resigned.

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First term Waimate councillor Sandy Mulqueen has resigned.

The announcment came in a letter to the mayor, councillors and Waimate residents yesterday.

Ms Mulqueen is moving to Milton to open another branch of Waimate Knitwear, owned by her parents. She told The Herald she planned to focus on running the business and continue campaigning for cannabis legalisation.

Ms Mulqueen hit the headlines in June when she formed a lobby group and made a submission to her own council's long-term plan outlining a project to decriminalise marijuana for personal and medicinal use.

Her cause attracted national media attention when she admitted being stoned while working as an Auckland city bus driver.

A Timaru Herald poll which ran alongside the story attracted more than 3000 votes and raised much debate on the topic.

She was was elected to office in the October 2010 elections and because her resignation has been announced during the final 12 months of her council term, a by-election will not be held to replace her.

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- The Timaru Herald

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