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Dakta Green, formerly Kenneth Morgan (born 1950, in Wellington) [1] is a former New Zealand cannabis law reform activist and political candidate. [2] . He changed his name by public poll in 2008, . He is the Activism co-ordinator for NORML New Zealand, the driver of Mary Jane the Cannabus, and founder of The Daktory. [3] He was a candidate for the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party in the 2009 Mount Albert by-election.

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In June 2019, Green announced to the public that he had opened a new cannabis club in Mount Victoria, Wellington. In an interview he claimed a membership of 700 for the newly minted club, although critics have disputed the feasibility of that number given the low attendance of the premise.

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Green founded the club in April 2019, although in the article, glossed over his issuing of trespass notices to the former management, who had refused to stop smoking tobacco.

Critics widely allege that Green used unlawful and unethical tactics in the power struggle, including the employment of private security to use violent force in defence of his claimed property.

Insiders claim that Green enjoys effective immunity from police interest, and was protected by police during the dispute.

He was jailed for one year in Shasta County, California in 1999, and for two years and eight months in New Zealand from November 2002. [1] On 29 June 2011 he was sentenced in the Auckland District Court to 8 months in prison, for various cannabis related charges.

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On 26 September 2011, the Solicitor General appealed the sentence of 8 months in prison [4] and the Court of Appeal almost tripled the sentence to 23 months in prison. [5]

Green is the focus of the 2011 TV3 documentary Inside New Zealand: High Time?, directed by Arik Reiss, and also features in the 2015 New Zealand documentary Druglawed .

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  1. 1 2 Parker, Luke (4 December 2009). "Dakta in the house". Western Leader. Archived from the original on 12 February 2010. Retrieved 12 February 2010.
  2. "Daktory founder to fight drug charges". New Zealand Herald. 11 January 2010. Retrieved 14 January 2010.
  3. "Foundation dismisses claims of NZ-wide cannabis clubs". New Zealand Herald. 11 January 2010. Retrieved 14 January 2010.
  4. "Crown seeks longer sentence for Dakta Green". Stuff. 26 September 2011. Retrieved 14 October 2011.
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