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Perhaps you haven’t heard of NZ’s extreme libertarian bent. Well, now you have. This is a country where prostitution and gambling are legal, the DUI laws are a joke, and the penalty for clubbing 23 seals to death is 8 months’ house arrest.

This is also a country where the Legalize Cannabis Party, a legit political party, is looking to decriminalize marijuana while at the same time there’s a huge auahi kore Aotearoa (smokefree New Zealand) crusade that is actively vilifying cigarette smokers. Now maybe I’m the only one who thinks this way, but don’t these two campaigns seem to be at odds? Not that I endorse or denounce either, but the whole thing befuddles me.