As New Zealand’s general election draws closer, some of the parliamentary candidates have been discussing drug policy after the 2017 Parliamentary Drug Policy Symposium was convened in early July by the NZ Drug Foundation to fuel debate on the subject.
The New Zealand Drug Foundation has proposed new drug laws that would decriminalise all drugs, and create a regulated cannabis market. Executive director Ross Bell outlines the foundation’s model drug law.
In Asia, drug policies are used to erode human rights and silence dissenting voices. This adversarial relationship between the state and its citizens displaces the state's responsibility to protect its population.