Around the world the War on Drugs has failed; in New Zealand our aging drug law punishes and imprisons drug users. This week the New Zealand Drug Foundation has brought drug reformers to speak at Parliament to guide our laws into the 21st century. Simon Day asks if our politicians will finally listen.Tuari Potiki, chair of the New Zealand Drug Foundation, addressed the UN General Assembly in te reo Māori. He spoke as an indigenous person whose life was nearly destroyed by drugs. As a survivor he told the world their War on Drugs has been an assault against the wrong people.“Many nations have joined up to wage a war against drugs and have ended up attacking people who really need our help and support,” he told the UN’s Special Session on the World Drug Problem in 2016.
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