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16% in Prison for Drug Crimes

Great article in the herald today: Brian Rudman: High time Govt took notice of facts on drug war

Some highlights from the report that was suppressed for six months by the tories:

In a study of the drug laws of 11 countries, New Zealand included, the report concludes that punitive regimes like those in Britain and New Zealand have no impact on drug use. As Liberal Democrat Minister of State for Crime Prevention Norman Baker pointed out, “banging people up and increasing sentences does not stop drug use”.

And also, some tidy NZ stats thrown in:

In 2011, the Law Commission’s review of the Misuse of Drugs Act noted that 400,000 Kiwis broke the cannabis law every year. Many regularly. It said the police spent 598,000 hours fighting the war on drugs at an estimated cost of more than $100 million annually. In 2009, personal possession and use offences made up 69 per cent of the 25,000 drug offences recorded by the police. Another report records that 16 per cent of the prison population are inside for drug-related crimes.

I fully agree Brian!