120 Reasons: Jack

My reason for wanting to change our drug laws is because a criminal conviction for a low level drug offence can have an impact on people for the rest of their life, and stigmatising people can prevent them from seeking the help they need. I’ve seen the first-hand impacts of our unjust laws in my own whānau and community. Addiction is an illness that is prevalent in my whakapapa and so we have seen the pain and reduced life opportunities across many generations. Breaking the cycle of harm in our communities requires us to be radical in our thinking; by removing criminal penalties for all drugs, massively increasing funding for treatment services and ensuring that our responses are underpinned by holistic kaupapa Māori values.

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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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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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Ian

  We scattered Chris's ashes last week, after a small...

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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 have...

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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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Ken

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

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Kali's Reason

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

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Diana

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

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