The Helen Clark Foundation/Drug Foundation report says a tough on crime approach has failed, and moving to a health-based approach would be cheaper and more effective.
The report’s lead researcher Philippa Yasbek told Q+A we “need to change our paradigm on meth”.
She said the current approach to methamphetamine forced addicts into crime to feed their habit, so one recommendation of the report was to provide addicts substitution drugs, or in some cases even small quantities of methamphetamine and a safe place to take it.
“We’re hoping to help people disengage from that black market,” said Yasbek.
“The Government has talked a lot about taking a health-based approach, and we know a lot of people support a health based approach.”
The War on Drugs doesn’t work!
Meth is a highly addictive drug that gives a sense of euphoria many never find in their own lives. Becoming enslaved to that and damaged by it with no off roads other than prison is a failure in social policy of immense scale.
The only way we can blunt the horrifying and mutilating influence of heavy organised crime with links to South American Cartels is by curing the illness of addiction, it’s not by throwing users into prison.
Keep the terrible system of punishment for commercial dealing in place but allow users to get properly funded rehabilitation programs.
And that’s the crunch.
Properly funded meth rehabilitation programs.
Where will we find the money for that?
Hold on, wasn’t there a place where we could find that money?
That’s right, a legal market for cannabis!
A legal cannabis market for recreational use could generate $675 million a year for the Government to spend on reducing cannabis-related harm, new economic modelling shows.
It finds the ethical structure of the proposed legislative structure will channel $675million each year into drug rehabilitation programs!
We currently spend around $150million annually on alcohol rehabilitation – THIS $675million would fund rehab not only all cannabis addiction, but it would also fund all alcohol addiction AND all drug addictions services!
Regulating the cannabis market would inject more funding into all harm minimisation programs than we have ever had.
This would be a new age of rehabilitation funding, the taxation revenue is just beyond anything NZ has ever experienced in the field of drug rehabilitation.
But it gets better.
On top of that $675million in rehabilitation programs that could fund ALL drug addiction, there is almost quarter of a billion to the State in GST, plus 5000 new full time jobs plus creating over $200million in salaries and wages plus saving millions in the judiciary and tens of millions more in the prison system!
This is how far out of whack we have allowed the moralists and prohibitionists to succeed in this country!
The alternative to the current prohibition is so good that the status quo is utterly reprehensible!
If you are still against legal Cannabis after reading this report, then YOU are the fucking problem, not the stoners!
We should be collectively outraged that we have allowed the State to have this prohibition power for as long as they have. Cannabis is a civil rights issue, the State has crushed hundreds of thousands of our fellow citizens for decades upon decades to enforce a law that was always about control and not our welfare.
How dare they and how dare we allow them to get away with it!
Legal cannabis market could fund all the meth rehabilitation programs we could ever need while providing desperately needed jobs and desperately needed public taxation while removing power from organised crime.
This issue must be on the 2023 election agenda – almost 50% of us demanded a legal market!
The status quo can not hold!
The medicinal cannabis market is a joke, we demand a legal market so that we can generate desperately needed jobs, taxation revenue, social justice and rehabilitation funding streams!
We shouldn’t tolerate this moralistic cannabis prohibition one second longer!
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