Nash supports Clark on compassionate approach to addiction, but cannabis company collapses

Agreeing with Helen Clark, Police Minister Stuart Nash promotes “A more restorative, compassionate and health-focussed approach to addiction, rather than treating all addicts as criminals, is, in my view, the only way we are going to deal effectively with the problem.”

But the lure of cannabis as a money maker has already had a casualty as a cannabis company fails.

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  1. Duker

     /  15th January 2019

    Since when have those who have a cannabis addiction not been able to access health addiction services ?
    Sure that was a time during the last labour government, a professional woman I know of, who ‘smoked heaps’ was able to use addiction treatment run by Hamner in Auckland.

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  2. NOEL

     /  15th January 2019

    I’m guessing there are many who once would not accept any change on cannabis laws who have come around to accepting decriminalization and treatment as the best option.

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    • Duker

       /  15th January 2019

      Treatment only works for people who are completly committed to it.
      Its not a get out of jail card to be used when you are a drug dealer.

      How many people would go to alcohol treatment centres if there wasnt stiff penalties related to drink driving.
      Treatment should be a ladder to climb not a pillow to rest on.

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  3. I agree with Helen too.. the criminalisation of ‘Drugs’ (esp. Cannabis) has done nothing but create a vast criminal Black-market, surrounded with corruption & a huge ‘Prohibition industry’ (Cops, Judges, prisons & lawyers etc.) that relies upon, continuation of the status quo, for much of their ’employment’. Also there are other industries that see HEMP as a major competition & support continued Prohibition of Cannabis (aka Marijuana); this is just ‘plain WRONG !!’

    It is definitely time to ‘take the blinkers off’ & look at other options; Education, Regulation & treating addiction as a health issue, not a criminal justice one. It finally looks like the majority are listening to this message; roll on the ‘Reeferendum’. Estimates are that about 10-15% of adults, regularly use cannabis, but well over 50% have tried it OR used it, more often in their youth. One thing is clear, Drug use has not been stopped or even reduced by the current draconian regime; in fact it has likely gone up: the thrill of ‘forbidden fruit’ probably attracting people to try these ‘ILLEGAL DRUGS’ rather than not ?! :/

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    • Duker

       /  15th January 2019

      pleeese , spare us the platitudes
      “treating addiction as a health issue, not a criminal justice one.”

      getting a ticket for a driving offence doesnt make it a criminal justice issue either.
      There should be some sanction for cannabis use -where appropriate, and criminal sanctions for dealers.

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      • ‘There should be some sanction for cannabis use -where appropriate, and criminal sanctions for dealers.’ sez duker

        WHY ?? sez I
        Then should there be criminal sanctions for selling & consuming the DRUGS; Alcohol & Tobacco ?
        that is SOOOO 20th century; well past its ‘useby date’

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    • NOEL

       /  15th January 2019

      Yes Zedd decriminalisation of cannabis is the way forward for a” more restorative and compassionate and health-focused approach to addiction” . Not legalisation.

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  4. PartisanZ

     /  15th January 2019

    Since when is cannabis a ‘drug’ and since when are cannabis users ‘addicts’?

    There’s something wrong here …

    I believe it’s the very real danger of calling two distinctly different things by one name …

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    • ‘Since when is cannabis a ‘drug’….’ sez PZ

      Im pretty sure that THC (one of main compounds) is defined as ‘a mind-altering drug’ BUT the whole idea of Prohibition, as ‘a workable solution’ to Drug use or addiction/dependence is way past its ‘useby date’ or even credible. People need to be reminded that it did not work in the ‘Roaring 20s’ in USA with booze, it just created a black-market/gangsters/corruption etc. Just as has happened; with Cannabis/MJ since 1960s !!

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