á„ NZ Herald
New Zealand is the stoner capital of the world. Perhaps it is time we cashed in on it rather than allow the criminal underworld to enjoy the profits. Prohibition really seems to be working well.
We should really promote NZ as being Clean and “Green”. Maybe this is the Clean Green Industry that Russel Norman keeps talking about:
New Zealanders are among the highest users of illegal drugs in the world, and top the list for cannabis use, according to the United Nations 2012 Drug Report.
Statistics for Oceania – mainly made up of numbers from Australia and New Zealand – showed a far higher prevalence of all drug use, other than heroin, than the rest of the world.
Cannabis use in Oceania was the highest in the world with between 9.1 and 14.6 per cent of people reportedly using the drug, compared with 2.8 to 4.5 per cent globally.
Oceania was also one of the regions with the highest reported cocaine use, with between a 1.5 and 1.9 per cent prevalence.
New Zealand, along with Belarus and France, also reported high levels of injecting drug use.
The report said a decrease in the use of ecstasy in New Zealand appeared to have been offset by the use of other substances mimicking its effects, including many piperazines, cathinone and mephedrone.
It said improvements in the control of domestic methamphetamine supply in New Zealand seemed to have brought back the need for imports, with the preferred source region being Southeast Asia.