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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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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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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