Police raid on a cannabis club – four arrested
New Zealand police have seized a marijuana vending machine during a raid on a "cannabis club" in West Auckland.
The vending machine at The Daktory in suburban New Lynn had been set up to dispense one-gram bags of marijuana for $NZ20 ($15.59) each.
Police arrested four people and seized the vending machine, $NZ27,000 in cash and around 700 grams of cannabis, as well as bongs, pipes and other utensils when they raided the property on Thursday evening.
Three men and a woman were arrested and charged with offences including possession of cannabis, possession for supply, and possession of drug related utensils.
Speaking just before Thursday's raid, pro-cannabis activist Julian Crawford said The Daktory was a cannabis club modelled on the cannabis cafes in Amsterdam, where possession of small amounts of the drug has been decriminalised.
"It's basically anonymous, it's a way for people who don't want to have to associate with gangs or criminals to buy cannabis in a safe environment," he said.
He said organisers were not running the establishment for profit and intended to plough any money made from the scheme into community projects.
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