Health Minister David Clark in favour of liberalising drug laws

Cabinet is seeking urgent advice over the spike in deaths linked to the use of synthetic cannabis use
New Zealand Herald (New Zealand)
Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Peter ClarkHealth Minister David Clark is personally in favour of more liberal drug laws because prohibition has not worked in the past. But Clark would not commit to abiding by the result of any referendum on loosening laws around cannabis use, saying he preferred to wait for advice from his colleagues. "I think it's highly likely that that's the course we would take ... all I've said is I want to wait for advice. I haven't had a conversation with colleagues about how that referendum's going to be framed and what question we're going to be asking the public. Broadly, I favour at a more personal level, more liberal drug laws because I think in the world when prohibition has been tried, it hasn't worked."