120 Reasons: Share your reason

One of the best ways we can bring about a new approach to drug use, is by showing MPs that there is a groundswell of ordinary people who are fed up with our laws based on the harmful impacts they’ve seen first-hand in their communities. 

You may have seen the impacts locking someone up can have on their life, or you may have experienced stigma which meant you didn’t seek the help you needed. Or you may have a great example of how compassionate approaches to drug use can make a real positive difference in someone’s life.

Check out other people's reasons below, and then submit your own. Not all reasons will be featured on the website, but those that are can be shared on social media, and will be handed over to MPs. 

Let’s make sure MPs know why changing our drug laws is so desperately needed - share a reason and spread the word to your whānau, friends and networks!

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

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Gunhild

I am 62 years old and have seen the harm...

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Ben

We’ve been sweeping alcohol's dirty secret under the rug for...

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Kathy

As a chronic pain patient, very few things have ever...

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May McLeod

  Prescription painkillers nearly took my life. I never took...

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Peter

I have been a pharmacist for over 40 years including...

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Jesse

When I was in my first year of uni, some...

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Simon

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

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Kerry

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

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Russel

I am a victim of unsafe work practices here in...

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Peter

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

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Aj

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

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Millie

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

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Fred

The prohibition of Marijuana (Cannabis) was done in 1937 by...

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Sharon

The Marijuana debate is very clear, let’s live up to...

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Hilda

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

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James

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

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Charmaine

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

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Robyn

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

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Anna

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

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Evelyn

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

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Ruby

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

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Julian

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

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Wiki

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

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Elizabeth

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

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Kyle

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

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Eliot

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

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Robert

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

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Kathryn

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

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Nicholas

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

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Floyd

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

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Benjamin

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

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Lauren

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

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Wendy

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

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Chris

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

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Leanne

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

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Jennifer

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

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Scarlett

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

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Russell

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

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Tony

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

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Mr Sausage

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

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Russell

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

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Carey

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

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Isaac

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

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Kellie

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

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Kate

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

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Deb

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

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Laila

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

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Geneva

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

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Jenny

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

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Hannah

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

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Fiona

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

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Lori

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

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Roderick

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

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Warwick

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

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Cyndi

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

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Brian

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

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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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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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Kelsey

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

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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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Jack

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

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Kali

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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