Pubdate: Dec 9, 1999
Source: NORML weekly news
New Zealand NORML Founder Elected To Parliament
Dec. 9, 1999, Wellington, New Zealand: Nandor Tanzcos, Founder of
New Zealand NORML
[National Organisation for the Reform of Marijuana Laws]
was elected to Parliament as a member of the Green Party this week.
Tanzcos, New Zealand's first Rastafarian Member of Parliament, is one of
six Green Party members elected to the 120 seat legislative body. His
inclusion in Parliament is being seen as a certain boost for the cannabis
law reform movement in New Zealand. Both the Labour and Alliance parties
have announced their intent to introduce marijuana decriminalization
Tanzcos said he will not tone down his image when he enters Parliament,
but he is having a hemp suit made for him to fulfill the dress code that
MPs must wear a jacket and tie in the debating chamber.
"The real challenge is to get in there and do the good work, and let
people see that we are competent and serious, and we can fulfill our
function here," said Tanzcos.
For more information, please contact New Zealand NORML at
+64-9-302-5255 or email: [email protected].