A light plane that crashed in the Gibbston Valley near Queenstown on Saturday, killing two people, had been on a police cannabis reconnaissance flight, says ONE News.
Apparently, it's not the first time that aerial cannabis law enforcement has turned to tragedy. Twelve years ago two officers and two civilians were killed when a spotter plane collided with a helicopter above Auckland. The latest accident brings New Zealand's total aerial cannabis spotting deaths to six.
Police Minister George Hawkins says that "our on-going struggle against drugs, and in particular cannabis, sometimes extracts a cruel price".
It's not worth it, George. Why fight cannabis, when the number of cannabis-related deaths is, officially, zero? Why not fight more dangerous drugs, like ecstasy? The death toll from ecstasy is now... oh... er... only three. Looks like flying around spotting cannabis is twice as dangerous as blissing out on E. Good thing that you've temporarily suspended air searches for cannabis plots. Please, make it permanent. If you fly around looking for cannabis, you're playing Russian roulette.