February 12th, 2010


In which our government is made up of morons

For those who don't know, yesterday the NZ Law Commission published its report on the review of the Misuse of Drugs Act (1975), and requested submissions on it. Here's a release by the NZ Drugs Foundation for those not keen to read the whole weighty document. Included in the recommendations were:

- Targeting police resources towards the higher end of the drug trade, ie those profiting from the sale of drugs.
- Focusing initiatives related to personal use on education, rehabilitation, infringement notices and diversion.
- Considering the possibility of cannabis for medical use.
- Placing responsibility on creators of new legal highs to prove their safety before releasing to the public.
- Moving away from "heavy reliance on Police, Customs, courts and prisons to solve what is largely a health and social issue."

In other words, paying attention to research and what's been happening in other countries who have already updated their drug laws, and using it to attempt to create something more useful and workable here.

The response from our Minister of Justice, Simon Power: "There is not a single solitary chance that as long as I'm the Minister of Justice that we'll be relaxing drug laws in New Zealand."

Way to ignore the advice of your advisers, Mr Power. Does this sound familiar to anyone else?

I have to wonder how much of our other policy is based on research and how much on ignorant moralising.