The HCLU attended CND 2013 annual meeting in Vienna and interviewed key professionals that talked about the new approach of New Zealand to new psychoactive drugs, the views of UNOCD to the legalization of marijuana in the US and the new marijuana regulation scheme of Uruguay.
New Zealand’s Associate Minister of Health Peter Dunne has announced a new system for regulating synthetic highs. Due to come into effect next year, the regime places the onus on the legal high industry to prove their products are safe before they go on sale.
Drug policy is too often abstract. Government policy makers and Vienna-based diplomats spend much of their time debating drug law ideology, while forgetting the realities of people badly hurt by the laws and policies they create.
By Ross BellExecutive Director, New Zealand Drug Foundation