Cannabis report step in right direction
Dunedin Coalition for Cannabis Law Reform
Cannabis report step in right direction: Call for amnesty for cannabis users.
Dunedin cannabis law reformer Duncan Eddy has welcomed the release of the Health Select Committee cannabis report, which is another step in a long overdue reform of cannabis laws.
“The report has offered no grounds for the continuation of cannabis prohibition. It recommends that the Expert Advisory Committee on Drugs and the Justice and Electoral Committee both inquire into the most suitable legal framework for cannabis.” Said Mr Eddy.
“Prohibition is obviously on it‘s way to the scrap
heap, and I‘m glad. This law hurts people and gets in the
way of effective drug education and health treatment.”
“However, after waiting so long for the report to be
released, it is disappointing that the HSC inquiry has
called for another inquiry before prohibition is discarded.
One New Zealander is arrested on cannabis charges every 22
minutes. This further wait will only mean more suffering for
the victims of cannabis prohibition in the short term.”
“The government should place an amnesty on cannabis users
while the relevant committees work on the details of the law