NORML likes Peter Dunne’s new thinking

It might seem abnormal but NORML is agreeing with Peter Dunne and his latest thinking on addressing drug issues.

Marijuana law reform lobby agrees with Former Associate Minister of Health’s call for evidence-based approach to regulating drugs

Peter Dunne, the “architect” of Psychoactive Substances Act, is now calling for the same regulatory approach to be applied to drugs currently scheduled in the Misuse of Drugs Act.

“People may be surprised to hear NORML agreeing with the former Minister of Health, who blocked cannabis law reform under the former Labour Government,” said Chris Fowlie, president of the National Organisation for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML NZ Inc), “but he’s right that the evidence-based approach of the Psychoactive Substances Act should be applied to drugs currently scheduled in the Misuse of Drugs Act.”

“New Zealand’s approach to regulating Psychoactive Substances has rightly attracted admiration around the world. It is evidence-based and puts health and safety first. However it’s obvious there is only a market for synthetic substitutes because cannabis is illegal, and it’s not rational to allow synthetics to be sold while maintaining the world’s highest arrest rate for natural cannabis, which is the safer choice.

“NORML has long campaigned for a regulated taxable system for controlling cannabis and other low-risk drugs. More politicians should try Peter Dunne’s new way of thinking!”

Dunne’s key comments:

Most experts now concede the so-called “war” on drugs has failed, and new initiatives are required.

The Psychoactive Substances Ac… provides for the first time for a regulated market for the sale and supply of psychoactive substances, based on the level of risk they pose to the user.

Although the Psychoactive Substances Act was intended to deal with that issue only, and not to have wider application, it does occur to me that, if after a period of time, it is shown to be working effectively, it could well become the model by which narcotic drugs, currently controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act, are regulated for the future.

The yardstick of level of risk – based on sound pharmacological and toxicological evidence – would become the determinant of availability, not public sentiment or prejudice.

I am not suggesting a revolution, but simply observing that the regulatory regime introduced for psychoactive substances could well have wider application and that we should not be averse to that possibility.

Dunne’s blog statement: http://honpfd.blogspot.co.nz/2013/10/31-october-2013-sure-sign-of-looming.html

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  1. To have a politician like Peter Dunne support a evidence based law reform is pleasing and as I commented on his post about the issue – I made reference that not all state law reform can solve social problems.; that we would be needing a new focus on social responsibility as a well, as a way to forward reform in this area of social concern.

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