A region disproportionately affected by weed now wants to profit from it.
Fifty bucks, he’d decided.
The 23-year-old teacher took a seat at Hinerupe Marae shortly before 5pm and clasped his hands.
For 90 minutes, he and a few dozen others listened to a business pitch.
This was the first of six public meetings on the East Coast. The Ruatoria-based company, Hikurangi Enterprises, was asking for investment in its plans to produce medicinal cannabis.
After hearing the pitch, Poutu put down $500.
“Lots of my whānau were encouraging everyone to go, so I went and had a listen and it sounded fantastic,” he recalls.
“I had decided to give…
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