Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

United Future Ostrich approach to drug policy

PRESS RELEASE 12 JUNE 2005


United Future Ostrich approach to drug policy

Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party appreciate that United Future are making drug policy an election issue. However, United Future are as hypocritical and ill-informed as the Greens claim.

Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis say Mr Dunne and his party don’t actually know what they are talking about. . To say that both a rehabilitative and a punitive aspect is a balanced drug policy is to have ones political head in the proverbial sand.

Neither the National nor Labour parties need a formal drug policy, because they know that New Zealand has a document called the National Drug Policy. This policy development is guided by principles including Efficiency, Equity, and Use of both harm prevention and harm reduction strategies. It involves evidence-based policy making. United Future should be aware of this. Since the last election they have shut down dissemination of the facts and selectively accepted evidence.

The health and treatment sectors in general are beginning to acknowledge the very low rate of harm caused by cannabis. This is in stark contrast with the current politicial point scoring being done by UF. We regret the direction and content of their policy, and its move away from their family values stance. Their harsher penalty policy leaves the evidence in the dust as they exploit public fear and ignorance.

The people of New Zealand should be concerned about the direction of United Future party’s drug policy. This type of policy has failed miserably overseas. The Dutch have the fewest cannabis problems in the world, although with the most relaxed policy. Mr Dunne is aware of that fact but won’t make himself available for debate.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Veronika Meduna: The Kaikoura Rebuild

A Scoop Foundation Investigation

Friday will be a big day for people north of Kaikōura – and for hundreds of construction workers who are racing to reopen State Highway 1 in time for the holiday season.

By the afternoon, the South Island’s main transport corridor will be open to traffic again, more than a year after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake mangled bridges and tunnels, twisted rail tracks and buried sections of the road under massive landslides. More>>

 

BPS HYEFU WYSIWYG: Labour's Budget Plans, Families Package

“Today we are announcing the full details of the Government’s Families Package. This is paid for by rejecting National’s tax cuts and instead targeting spending at those who need it most. It will lift 88,000 children out of poverty by 2021." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Defence Spending, Alabama, And Dolly Parton

The spending lavished on Defence projects to meet the risks that could maybe, possibly, theoretically face New Zealand in future is breath-taking, given how successive governments have been reluctant to spend even a fraction of those amounts on the nation’s actual social needs. More>>

ALSO:

Members' Bills: End Of Life Choice Bill Passes First Reading

The End of Life Choice Bill in the name of David Seymour has been sent to a select committee for consideration by 76 votes to 44. It is the third time Parliament has voted on the issue in recent decades and the first time such a Bill has made it over the first hurdle. More>>

ALSO:

State Sector: MPI Survives Defrag Of Portfolios

The Ministry for Primary Industries will not be split under the new government, but will instead serve as an overarching body for four portfolio-based entities focused on fisheries, forestry, biosecurity and food safety. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Vulnerable Kids, RNZ Funding, And Poppy

The decision to remove the word ‘vulnerable’ from the Ministry for Vulnerable Children could well mark a whole shift in approach to the care of children in need... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages