As we approach major elections both here in Aotearoa New Zealand, and in the USA, there is a clamour for new ways and new legislation to entice voters. One of those here in Aotearoa New Zealand is for the legislation of Cannabis.  Lots of discussion centres around the danger to our younger people. However, the ‘Question behind the Question or QbQ as my old friend John Miller from Minnesota use to ask, is Why?

To me, the responsibility comes down to parenting. As a parent you are the first line of defence when teaching your children about drugs and alcohol. Some years ago, with the help of Rotary and Air New Zealand, I produced a programme “The Positive parent”, a New Zealand version of Bill Oliver’s “Parent to Parent” a programme used by many High Schools in USA.

The power of parents in preventing our youngsters getting into cannabis, methamphetamine, and even alcohol is amazing. Parents who came to workshops I facilitated recognised the power of P.A.R.E.N.T a mnemonic I use in the programme.

So rather than say YES or NO, ENROL by registering for free at and I think you will be able to make up your mind.