120 Reasons: Ian

 

We scattered Chris's ashes last week, after a small service of whānau and friends. He had lived with a strain of hepatitis normally passed around with a shared needle. How long it had been in his system, hard to tell, but the symptoms and treatment began eight years ago. He died in his 66th year from the complications that hepatitis induces. As a young Ngāi Tahu scholar gifted in English, Chris had a promising career as a journalist. A naive cannabis user, he was induced by an undercover policeman to supply LSD. Arrested, tried and sentenced, he experienced the degradation inherent in our penal system. Chris never fulfilled the promise of his early career and could never break free from his connection with the criminal world. The conviction closed opportunities, prison changed his personality.

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Andre

We should look to what works in the world and...

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Catherine

The war on drugs is government sanctioned bigotry against a...

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Tusilima

I was convicted for the cultivation of three female plants...

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Ricardo

The war on drugs is the war on the poor....

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Ken

I believe we should legalize marijuana because of two reasons....

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Diana

I have worked as an alcohol and other drug counsellor...

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Caroline

  My daughter was addicted to P for 2 years....

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Madison

  I live in a small rural community on the...

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John

  In 1968 I was 18 when convicted of cultivation...

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Aimee

I have seen the damaging effects of pushing drug users...

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Anna

  It’s simple really – punishing people for drug use...

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Natalie

  When I was young I experimented with drugs, as...

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Jim

I spent 10 years as a prison consultant. There is...

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Paul

34 years on from a drug related conviction, I still...

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Matt

  The report of the 2018 Government Inquiry into Mental...

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Eugene

He take hauora tēnei ngāngara, arā te kiriwara, ehara he...

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Tracey

  It’s hard to get your head around the role...

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Kali's Reason

We treat people who use drugs as criminals purely for...

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Jack

My reason for wanting to change our drug laws is...

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