Every time we see a forward step towards legalisation politicians are usually the last to get involved. Most succesfull campaigns are driven by grass roots organisations and specific foundations. This is the case in New Zealand where the drug laws are causing more harm than good.
The New Zealand Drug Foundation has therefore proposed a news set of laws that would decriminalise all drugs, and more imprtanlty create a regulated cannabis market. The executive director of the new Zealand Drug Foundation, Ross Bell outlines the foundation’s model drug law.
“New Zealand once led the world in social change, but we’ve really slipped behind when it comes to tackling our drug problem. We once again need to bring together the determination and smarts that led to suffragettes winning the vote for women in 1893 and the demand for gay marriage gave way to legalisation in 2013. Now is the time to update our obsolete dug law.The Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 is over 40 years old. It doesn’t work and it is causing long term harm to New Zealanders. It sets out harsh criminal penalties for possession and use of drugs in an attempt to stop people taking them. It doesn’t work, and we need to urgently do something differently.
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