"There's an issue that needs to be heard that impacts on mana."
There were 5233 charges laid for cannabis offences in the 2020 financial year.
Both deny any wrong doing.
Levin resident Grace Virtue died from her injuries 25 days after the attack.
He was initially accused of indecently assaulting four teenagers.
He pleaded guilty to kidnapping and disfiguring with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
The athlete has been linked to a drug-trafficking trial in Auckland last year.
Joseph Auga Matamata was last month sentenced to 11 years in prison
Ellis died in September.