Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Prohibition the cause, not solution

Prohibition the cause, not solution
Nandor Tanczos MP, Green Party Drug Law Reform Spokeperson

7th December 2003

Nandor Tanczos called on the Government to crack down on the real cause of the ‘gateway effect’, in light of a recent study by the Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

While the study found that there was a strong link between cannabis use by young people and other drug use, the author, Professor David Fergusson, went on to say that current cannabis laws were not working and might be exacerbating the drug problem.

“This only reiterates what is already accepted as fact by a significant number of health and drug educators, a majority of researchers in the field, and the Health Select Committee: driving cannabis underground means children are pushed into contact with underworld figures – who have a vested financial interest in hooking them on hard narcotics,” said Nandor, Green Party Drug Law Reform Spokesperson.

Nandor said the conclusion to draw was that “prohibition causes the ‘gateway effect’, not cannabis use per se.

“The era of liquor prohibition is associated with rampant organised crime and underage abuse,” said Nandor. “Is it any wonder that the prohibition of cannabis is causing the same problems?

“The longer we criminalise cannabis, the less chance we have of keeping our kids away from the sinister clutches of organised crime. Under the current system cannabis is more available to our kids than alcohol. There is no age restriction at a tinny house and no easily enforceable code of conduct or regulations governing who they sell to, or what they sell.

“Surely regulation, with use limited to those above 18, is better than the crude blanket-ban we have at present.”

Nandor called on the Minister of Health to pick up the recommendation of the Health Select committee, and direct the Expert Advisory Committee on Drugs to look at whether cannabis has been appropriately scheduled.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced


Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election