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10:37 am, March 31st, 2016 - 81 comments
Categories: crime, drugs, education, health, law, peter dunne - Tags: cannabis, credit where it's due, helen kelly, medicinal cannabis, Peter Dunne, war on drugs, war on p
Drugs are in the news:
Medical experts call for global drug decriminalisation
International commission urges complete reversal of repressive drug policies imposed by most governments
An international commission of medical experts is calling for global drug decriminalisation, arguing that current policies lead to violence, deaths and the spread of disease, harming health and human rights.
The commission, set up by the Lancet medical journal and Johns Hopkins University in the United States, finds that tough drugs laws have caused misery, failed to curb drug use, fuelled violent crime and spread the epidemics of HIV and hepatitis C through unsafe injecting.
“The global ‘war on drugs’ has harmed public health, human rights and development. It’s time for us to rethink our approach to global drug policies, and put scientific evidence and public health at the heart of drug policy discussions.” …
RIP the “War on Drugs”, and good riddance. Here in NZ, in welcome news:
Govt may soften approach to drugs – Dunne
The government is considering taking a more tolerant approach to minor drug offences, says Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne.
Mr Dunne told Morning Report today he was not sure New Zealand’s drug law was still fit-for-purpose and he wanted drugs to be viewed as more of a health issue.
So we’ve moved on from John Key’s stupid “War on P” then? Good. I bet the police think so too: Decriminalised drugs would hit gangs – Police Association.
This new realism is, sadly, the sort of progress only a right-wing government can propose. If Labour did it the right / media would go full spittle ballistic with “soft on crime!!!” rhetoric. Maybe Peter Dunne has copped a bit of pressure from the media along these lines, if this grumpy press release is anything to go by: The furore over drug policy.
Anyway, this new realism should be welcomed, encouraged, and expedited. As part of which – how about fixing the antiquated law / process around medicinal cannabis? As a certain Helen Kelly puts it, #apersoncoulddiewaiting.
Peter Dunne and Kevin Hague – a good discussion in Parliament: