Govt commits to helping cannabis debate focus on facts and evidence

The government and the Drug Foundation say they are committed to keeping the public informed, fear mongering to a minimum and misinformation out of the news
RNZ (New Zealand)
Friday, September 13, 2019

nz cannabis flagMPs and the Drug Foundation addressed a symposium on drug law reform at Parliament today. Justice Minister Andrew Little told the crowd, despite a lot of investment into the enforcement of prohibiting cannabis since 1965, it was still well and truly present in communities. "It's estimated between a quarter of a million to 300,000 New Zealanders are regular users of cannabis, that's what prohibition has given us," he said. Drug Foundation executive director Ross Bell said his organisation has released their own report, Taking control of cannabis: A model for responsible regulation, on what those regulations should look like.