Narrow cannabis result proves need for reform

Read the entire interview on RNZ “The country is split down the middle on a particular concept of legalisation. And I think there’s every ground now for the government to be looking very carefully at this, beginning to discuss with other parties, including obviously the Green Party, on where to go from here.

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A no vote won’t deliver a cannabis-free New Zealand

Read the entire article on NZ Herald .  The case for legalisation was evidence-based. It weighed up the harms caused by prohibition against the potential for harm from cannabis use. It took into account that cannabis has for decades been a very widely available recreational drug in New Zealand and

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Are we addicted to prison?

See the original article on The Daily Star We live in a world of mass incarceration. On this day on the planet, over 11 million people are behind bars. That’s about the entire population of Belgium. A relatively small fraction of these people in prison are women. They are about

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New Zealand is the next country to fight the prohibition of cannabis, and high time too.

Read the entire article on The Independent. – This year, New Zealanders have the opportunity to turn their backs on the futile policy of trying to prohibit the use and supply of cannabis. For decades, these activities have been criminalised, blighting the future prospects of many and wasting public funding

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Opioid shortages open up a world of pain, the Global Commission says.

Read this Op-Ed in the Financial Times – Coronavirus has shone a new spotlight on an old problem: the questionable usefulness of policies that criminalise certain drugs. During the pandemic the US, normally well-supplied with painkillers, suffered shortages of opioids needed to anaesthetise intubated patients. One reason for this alarming

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Helen Clark in Al Jazeera: “The prohibitionist approach has been a gift to organized crime”

In a May 7, 2020 interview with Al Jazeera’s, Richelle Carey, Former Prime Minister of New Zealand and Member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, Helen Clark talks about the Global Commission’s latest, groundbreaking report on the enforcement of drug laws and why organized crime is making more money

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Commissioners Dreifuss, Cardoso and Clark in Bangkok Post: “Time to let non-violent drug offenders out of jail”

Read original article in Bangkok Post Outdated criminal and correctional laws are threatening the lives of over 1.6 million people incarcerated for non-violent offences. Countries are failing to meet their basic needs and rights. They are also depriving societies of a vital workforce. By releasing people incarcerated for non-violent offences

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Commissioner Gallop presents the case for legalizing cannabis on WA Drive, ABC radio, Australia

Dr Geoff Gallop, former Premier of Western Australia, makes the case for a pragmatic and health-centered drug policy, including the legal regulation of cannabis.

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Commissioner Helen Clark in the Asahi Shimbun: “Alcohol, tobacco more harmful than cannabis”

Commissioner Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand and former Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, reaches out to the Japanese public in an interview with the Asahi Shimbun on the need to classify drugs according to a scientific assessment of their harms, and to legally regulate drugs.

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Op-Ed by Commissioner Helen Clark in The Guardian: “Cannabis prohibition doesn’t work anywhere. It’s New Zealand’s turn to legalise it”

Read original article in The Guardian. Cannabis prohibition doesn’t work anywhere. It’s New Zealand’s turn to legalise it In New Zealand, cannabis is classified as an illegal drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975. Its possession, use and supply are subject variously to penalties ranging in severity from fines to

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