Controlling and Regulating Drugs - Submission

NZPA | Wed May 12th, 2010

This submission outlines the Police Association’s stance on the Law Commission’s Issue Paper on the Review of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975. The Association sees this as an opportunity to focus attention on the dominance of internationally linked organised crime in the illicit drugs trade. It is also an opportunity to focus attention on the adequacy or otherwise of current levels of government investment in drug education, addiction treatment and rehabilitation.

While we are not convinced that there is a compelling case for re-writing that Act, as it appears generally to be working well from a practical law enforcement perspective, the Issues Paper provides a timely focus on the drug policy issues that are reflected both in drug laws, and in government spending priorities.

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