In July 2018 Canada will become the second country in the world to universally legalise cannabis (Uruguay too the plunge earlier this year). Former Canadian deputy prime minister, Anne McLellan, spoke at the New Zealand Drug Foundation’s parliamentary symposium about her role in guiding Canada’s drug reform.
In August, Ngāi Tūhoe invited experts and community leaders to come together in Rūātoki to declare war on drug dependence. Don Rowe was in attendance.
For nearly 25 years Dr Fiona Measham has documented how and why humans do drugs - at festivals, nightclubs, and parties. She spoke to Simon Day about how helping people know what exactly they’re taking is making drug- taking safer in the UK.
Alison Holcomb is known as the architect of marijuana legalisation in Washington state and was labelled 'pot momma' by the press. She spoke to Simon Day about leading Washington state to legalising cannabis.
Former Canadian deputy prime minister Anne McLellan was in New Zealand last week to present at the NZ Drug Foundation symposium about her role in guiding Canada’s drug reform. She spoke to Simon Day about the road to legalisation, growing Canada’s 'worst pot ever', and the potential Baby Boomer weed market.
New Zealand’s drug law is causing more harm than good. The New Zealand Drug Foundation has proposed a replacement that would decriminalise all drugs, and create a regulated cannabis market. Executive director Ross Bell outlines the foundation’s model drug law.
The War on Drugs is ending all over the world. Global experts arrive tomorrow to tell our politicians
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.
The evidence is overwhelming: our current drug laws aren't working. As governments worldwide admit defeat in the war on drugs, it's past time for New Zealand to make drug law reform a priority, writes former MP Laila Harre.