Cannabis referendum up in smoke?

first_imgNewsHub 5 May 2016Family First Comment: Good!“Cannabis Party leader Julian Crawford says the vibe he’d got from Labour leader Andrew Little was that he “sounded positive” the idea of a referendum was being progressed by Labour.”They call it ‘dope’ for a reason :)Labour is rubbishing claims it is backing a referendum on decriminalising cannabis, following a statement from the Cannabis Party.Cannabis Party leader Julian Crawford says the vibe he’d got from Labour leader Andrew Little was that he “sounded positive” the idea of a referendum was being progressed by Labour.Mr Crawford says he’d had several informal meetings with Mr Little including running into him in public places and during his recent trips to Oamaru and Dunedin.“We came up with the idea to start with at the Cannabis Party AGM, and we looked into the idea of a citizens-initiated referendum, but realised it would require a lot of signatures and wouldn’t be binding, so we turned our attention to a Parliamentary-created referendum which can be binding. We passed that on to Labour,” he said.He believes the issue of decriminalisation and medical cannabis would bring a lot of “disenfranchised voters” back to Labour.“He said he is in favour of the idea, but I’m unsure about whether he’s got the backing of his colleagues, certainly some of the meetings we’ve had with other Labour MPs they’ve been a bit reluctant so there seems to be a bit of a delay getting it to the ballot.”The Cannabis Party was encouraging the party and also providing them with information on how the decriminalisation law was working in the US state of Colorado.READ MORE: http://www.newshub.co.nz/politics/cannabis-referendum-up-in-smoke-2016050512#axzz47QlPYWCwlast_img read more

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Javier Mascherano enters esports to develop Latin American scene

first_imgJavier Mascherano, Argentinean and former FC Barcelona footballer, is venturing into the esports industry by partnering with a Latin American esports agency, eSports Planet.Mascherano’s goal in esports is to develop both football content and tournaments for the Latin American community.Javier Mascherano discussed his foray into esports in a statement: “I’m very aware about esports content importance in Europe, USA & APAC regions but Latam is the region to grow. I’m pretty confident about our possibilities as an agency that wants to work with different partners to lead this field in Latam.Robert Borrego, CEO, eSports Planet also had his say on the partnership: “We are very proud and happy to join forces with Javier in order to develop esports in Latin America. He will be very important to catch people’s attention in our esports football developments and tournaments.”Some of the work eSports Planet is involved in includes development tournaments and offering consultancy for those in esports who want to target millennials. The agency is based in Argentina and wants to expand throughout Latin America over time – citing that it’s the “region with the great potential to grow” when it comes to esports.Mascherano’s involvement in esports has followed FC Barcelona‘s own venture into the industry. The Catalan football club has joined an upcoming competition that’s organised by eFootball.Pro (whose President and Founder is Gerard Piqué) and Konami, fielding a team and competing internationally.Esports Insider says: Yet another iconic football figure has joined esports, and it’s for a great cause. Latam is indeed under-developed and under-exposed when it comes to competitive gaming, so hopefully Mascherano and eSports Planet can do their bit to develop the growing scene.last_img read more

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