The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party reports some slightly worrying comments from Judge David Burns:
“If Ms X attends and supports the Legalise Cannabis Party the likely influence is that she supports consumption of that substance … That is in direct contradiction to her obligations as a parent because it affects her reliability as a mother,” David Burns said.
First up, no, dude. The “likely influence” is that she supports legalising consumption of “that substance” (the clue is the big L in the name.)*
Secondly? Go. Fuck. Yourself. It is fucking ridiculous to act as though your own political views, and your own perception of what is and isn’t mainstream, allows you to make any fucking comment on a person’s ability to responsibly parent their child.
This is an issue whether you agree with legalising marijuana or not. It would be an issue if a judge said “Parent X supports Act, which wants to fuck our tertiary education system so that’s in direct contradiction to hir obligations as a parent.” It would be an issue if a judge sid “Parent X supports the Greens, who put the welfare of the planet before our god-mandated duty to procreate, so that’s in direct contradiction to hir obligations as a parent.”
When Ms X is openly dealing pot on the streets and advocating hotboxing your maternity ward during pregnancy,then maybe we can talk about parental obligations.
Supporting a political party which advocates changing our current law and therefore theoretically supports the future legal performance of a currently illegal action? Kinda what political supporters do, Your Fuckface Honour.
*She may well smoke pot too, but that may have more to do with … being a New Zealander. There’s a reason Tool albums sell really well here.