120 Reasons: Ricardo

The war on drugs is the war on the poor. Auckland Action Against Poverty sees the negative impacts of criminalisation of drug use on a day-to-day basis. The criminalisation of drugs creates barriers to accessing housing and welfare assistance. We want laws that are centered on the well-being of people and treat drug use as a health issue. An example of beneficiaries being targeted by our current drug laws is when people on the benefit lose their benefit if they fail a drug test. The loss of income does nothing to address the harm from drug use and if anything puts the person more at risk of harmful consumption or behaviour.

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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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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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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...

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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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