The NZ Drug Foundation is bringing people
together to talk about drug law that can respond to the realities
of the 21st century. Register now
New Zealanders show no sign of a reduced appetite for drugs.
Although patterns of supply and demand are constantly evolving,
drug use carries on unabated. Yet New Zealand's drug laws have
The current law hinges on people being punished out of drug use.
This failed approach is over 40 years old. In 2011 the NZ Law
Commission recommended a fundamental overhaul, but still the law
remains the same.
The human toll of this punitive approach is very high. Many
people's lives have been ruined by drug laws that are not fit for
purpose. A conviction for a minor drug offence has a lifelong
impact, and those already suffering socio-economic hardship and
racial prejudice bear the brunt.
To move ahead, the speakers at the 2017 Parliamentary Drug
Policy Symposium will share health-based approaches to drug policy
that are rolling out in Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom and
Aotearoa New Zealand. The symposium will look at legislative
options and practical initiatives, as well as evidence for
Join the conversation about how to shift to healthy approaches
to drug law in New Zealand.