Among commentators pushing for legalising marijuana, broadcaster Jack Tame has argued the best way to stop “the stoner kids” from damaging their brains isn’t to increase penalties or punish them for being found with a joint. The best way to protect our young people, he insists, “is to legalise it”.
Tame was contributing to a debate which will culminate in New Zealanders voting in a binding referendum on the personal use of cannabis at next year’s general election.
Massey University drug researcher Chris Wilkins and his colleagues say it is important that Kiwis are given rigorous and balanced information on cannabis legalisation before they vote.
They have challenged a study on cannabis legalisation which estimated net social benefit of a commercial cannabis market in New Zealand at $225m a year
The risks of legalising cannabis in New Zealand have been understated, they say.
In particular, they rebut the assumption that a legal cannabis market will not result in an increase in harm. Continue reading “While NZ debates cannabis law reform, a link is drawn between the drug and UK’s knifing epidemic”