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Valuable lessons to learn from Ellis conviction

26 August, 2005

Valuable lessons to learn from Ellis conviction

The New Zealand Drug Foundation said today that the conviction of Marc Ellis for possessing ecstasy was a warning to all people about the consequences of taking drugs.

Drug Foundation executive director Ross Bell said that while Mr Ellis was fined $300, the ramifications for his career, business and travel prospects were far greater.

"A $300 fine is minor compared to the potential cost that Mr Ellis faces in terms of his career, his business and his ability to travel in future," said Mr Bell.

"The message is clear: No drug use is the safest use, not only because of the potential health risks but because of the damage it could inflict on your reputation, your career and your future when the law catches up with you," he said.

"The amount of publicity and the stigma involved with this conviction might mean that Mr Ellis may face difficulties with his broadcasting career because sponsors could think twice about advertising with programmes he is involved with.

"Despite his undoubted talents, Mr Ellis now faces a significant threat to his career, which other New Zealanders who take recreational drugs must take heed of," he said.

Mr Bell said that the case, that involved prominent business people and celebrities, highlighted the fact that drug use was used throughout all sectors of society.


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