120 Reasons: Russel

I am a victim of unsafe work practices here in NZ. The injuries I have from the accident has left me with permanent damage and nerve pain. The need to have a simple break from the pain when I’m trying to relax is most appealing to me. Most medications I am given are terrible at resolving the issue, and come with some rather unpleasant side effects. So much so that I’d rather just force myself to sleep or deal with it.

Legalization of marijuana will allow me to legally obtain a sufficient amount to allow me to make my own edibles. I currently smoke it as I cannot afford to eat marijuana, and I'd much rather know the product I receive is grown under controlled and regulated environments, so I am not ingesting chemicals that were not flushed, nor am I losing out due to people's greed.

By giving me a medical license to provide for myself or to be able to purchase marijuana, I will be able to maintain a normal life. I do not drink nor indulge in other drugs and having the one thing that works for me be illegal not only affects me, but it could affect my employers or applications for new jobs.

It would free up space in our prison systems. And it would also allow for a larger budget to combat meth users, producers and distributors. Which is very important as the addictive-ness of the substance cannot be argued. Yet another bonus would be gangs and private dealers would also take a blow, shutting down an income source.

Economically it’s a cash crop, and as we move into the global warming crisis it is an opportunity to begin leading the world in hemp materials, from building block and insulation to replacing our forestries with a faster more environmentally sustainable solution.

The only limitation this plant has had in the last 5000 years is people. It should not be available to anyone under 21, as research has shown that it can have a direct effect on a developing brain.

Despite anyone’s argument alcohol has greater effects on our treasury, health systems and public safety. Legalising marijuana is allowing an alternative to those who don't approve of alcohol or the damage that it has in our houses, on our roads, at our social gatherings and other aspects of our society.

I've shared my reason - what's yours?

Share your reason

Share your reason

One of the best ways we can bring about a...

Read More >

Simon

If my children choose to experiment with cannabis when they...

Read More >

Kerry

I have been a registered social worker for over 15...

Read More >

Peter

Kia ora, I am a mental health support worker and...

Read More >

Millie

When drugs become legalised the means of getting them do...

Read More >

Hilda

I have worked along side alcoholics in Twelve Step programmes...

Read More >

James

I have witnessed for over 40 years the harm caused...

Read More >

Charmaine

I was diagnosed 15 years ago with medium to severe...

Read More >

Robyn

We need to stop making money out of our citizens....

Read More >

Anna

I have recently been diagnosed with C-PTSD with dissociative disorders. My...

Read More >

Evelyn

Being a teenager of the 70s, all the folk I...

Read More >

Ruby

When I was in the 4th year of my acupuncture...

Read More >

Julian

I’ve been working with drug issues for four decades. I’ve...

Read More >

Wiki

I am in my early 50s. A mother, a grandmother,...

Read More >

Elizabeth

I am a nurse and have seen so many people...

Read More >

Kyle

We should change our drug laws because it will enable...

Read More >

Eliot

We should change our drug laws because a war on...

Read More >

Robert

I have depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, paranoia and...

Read More >

Kathryn

There’s no logic or science behind our drug laws, they...

Read More >

Nicholas

My story is of a hard life bullied at school...

Read More >

Aj

I have fibromyalgia and multiple other health issues that weed...

Read More >

Floyd

Cannabis is being re–adopted by many countries around the world....

Read More >

Benjamin

At the age of 6-years old I was involved in...

Read More >

Lauren

Because prisons don’t work. 60% of the prison population will...

Read More >

Wendy

When a law that was supposed to reduce drug use...

Read More >

Chris

My wife suffers from epilepsy and marijuana keeps her seizures...

Read More >

Leanne

I recently lost my mother due to a blood disorder,...

Read More >

Jennifer

People who use drugs can and do recover! With support...

Read More >

Scarlett

Our current drug laws are creating little impact, if we...

Read More >

Russell

Treatment-resistant C-PTSD has made my life very difficult to live...

Read More >

Tony

I’m a psychologist that works in the drug and alcohol...

Read More >

Mr Sausage

I am a normal bloke in my fifties. It was...

Read More >

Russell

The existing laws have comprehensively failed in their stated purpose...

Read More >

Carey

I have progressive Multiple Sclerosis and one of my worst...

Read More >

Isaac

Do you think that the local gang run tinny house...

Read More >

Kellie

Because it's time, it's time for change. I have worked...

Read More >

Kate

I have watched one of my best friends go from...

Read More >

Deb

The reason I want to see the law change is...

Read More >

Laila

I live in a community in West Auckland where young...

Read More >

Geneva

I believe in drug law reform because the harm caused...

Read More >

Jenny

We spend $95k+ to keep a prisoner in jail for...

Read More >

Hannah

I trained as a nurse and worked with many vulnerable...

Read More >

Fiona

I’d like politicians to support drug law reform and legalise/decriminalise...

Read More >

Lori

I want to see a change in how we treat...

Read More >

Roderick

Somebody close to me died of a heroin overdose. As...

Read More >

Warwick

Drug law reform is an essential component of a modern...

Read More >

Cyndi

I have worked in addictions for 10 years and I...

Read More >

Brian

Seven years ago I was busted for growing the cannabis...

Read More >

Andre

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

Read More >

Catherine

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

Read More >

Tusilima

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

Read More >

Ricardo

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

Read More >

Caroline

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

Read More >

Madison

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

Read More >

John

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

Read More >

Aimee

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

Read More >

Ian

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

Read More >

Anna

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

Read More >

Natalie

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

Read More >

Kelsey

I would like to see the Government treat drug use...

Read More >

Jim

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

Read More >

Paul

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

Read More >

Matt

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

Read More >

Eugene

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

Read More >

Tracey

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

Read More >

Ken

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

Read More >

Jack

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

Read More >

Kali

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

Read More >

Diana

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

Read More >
Share