Possess any ‘unapproved drug’ $500 fine. Supply 2yrs prison.
Although tightened still in certain circumstances allows police to enter without a warrant (s.69)
Expert Advisory Committee specifies only 4 health officials with no requirement for drug worker, user, sociologist, criminologist etc (s.11)
Bill offers a world 1st – extending war on drugs to prohibit EVERY new psychoactive substance outright and punish poss/supply
Bill basically offers regulation possibility & extends criminalisation and enforcement.
Yes I want regulation – but In an advanced democratic society the government shouldn’t be decided what you can eat, drink or consume, and the police and law enforcement agencies shouldn’t be seeking out and punishing those who take substances not approved and taxed by the state. Imagine if this model was extended to food, vitamins and supplements.
So in my view the excitement and praise that this is the NZ law shows the way forwards is misguided, and demonstrated a worrying lack of discernment.
See on www.parliament.nz