Can we declare the War on Drugs a loss?

Legal cannabis advocate Victoria Davis said the rally was held in conjunction with the United Nations meeting on international approaches to drugs “to address the dismal failure of the war on drugs”.

“It’s acknowledged by all global experts now that the war on drugs was expensive, ineffective and made criminals out of a lot of ordinary people,” she said.

“If someone is sick it shouldn’t be a crime to make them feel better.

“It’s time to face the realities about this drug, that it’s useful.”

Davis said there was no drug that worked as well as cannabis to ease medical issues such as seizures, glaucoma and anxiety.

“It’s being used [medicinally] already, if it didn’t work people wouldn’t use it.”

A lawyer, Sue Grey also addressed the rally.

She questioned why Peter Dunne wanted to commission further research into the drug when other countries had already done so.

“What research does he think we’re going to do here that will make a difference?” she asked.

“Cannabis was used for thousands of years and it was only when the pharmaceutical industry took hold a few decades ago that it became illegal.

“There’s law changes happening everywhere. The United Nations are meeting about the war on drugs not working, so everything is evolving very fast.”

Grey has worked on a number of cases where people charged with illegal use of cannabis were discharged without conviction.

She said it was important to raise public awareness and help those who needed to use the drug access it freely.

“People matter and numbers count,” Grey said.

“Sign the petition and keep the conversation going,” Renton said.

Steven Wilkinson of Golden Bay said he had seen a change in people’s mentality toward cannabis users.

He considered himself a recreational and medicinal user of cannabis.

“People are starting to feel comfortable. It’s not a taboo thing,” he said.

He said the “monster of prohibition” was almost dead.


– Nelson Mail, Stuff

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