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Drug Amendment Bill step to evidence-based regime

Drug Amendment Bill a step towards evidence-based regime

The Greens are welcoming the passing today of the Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) No. 3 Bill.

"We are happy this Bill has passed because we agree with its overall intent and are pleased to see that two Green proposals have now been enacted," said the Green Party's Drug Issues Spokesperson Nandor Tanczos.

"We were the first to advocate the introduction of a 'Schedule D', a fourth rung in the Misuse of Drugs Act ladder that offers the option of restricting, rather than banning, some psycho-active substances.

"The second is the targeting of precursors to methamphetamine, which last year we called on the Government to focus on controlling."

"This Bill is a useful step towards a properly graduated and more realistic, evidence-based drug regime, and while we have had some concerns about the details and processes, overall we commend Mr Anderton for its passage," said Nandor.

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