We are looking for 120 reasons why we should change our drug laws – one reason for each of the 120 MPs!

This is an opportunity to tell the politicians in your own words why they should support drug law reform and increased investment in harm reduction, health and social care.

Helpful Hints

Please read before sharing. 

You can write your reason and upload a photo using the form on this page.

When composing your reason please consider the following points:

  • A recommended length for your reason is between 50 – 150 words. It’s important that it’s at least a few sentences long and is in clear plain language.
  • Personal reasons that talk about real life experiences are likely to be the most convincing, but be careful not to share too many personal details that put yourself or others at risk.
  • If sharing a story may cause or trigger personal trauma or pain, please look after your health first and take note of the Alcohol/Drug Helpline – 0800 787 797.
  • 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.
  • Submitting a good quality photo (head shot) will strengthen the chances of your reason be featured on the website. 

When submitting, let us know how you would like to be identified. Can we use your first name or should we use a pseudonym?

Reasons can be submitted in any language. If not submitted in English or te reo Māori, please provide a translation and the name of the language.

Thanks for sharing!

Note: We may slightly edit stories for clarity, in line with the above pointers. We’ll get in touch if we need to update anything, we’ll let you know if your reason goes public, and we will ask you if we want to use it in any other way.


Apr 03, 2020 9:00 AM

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

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Jun 24, 2019 2:26 PM

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

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Jun 24, 2019 11:33 AM

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

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Jun 14, 2019 10:52 AM

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

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Jun 14, 2019 10:43 AM

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

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May 28, 2019 10:36 AM

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

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May 13, 2019 9:16 AM

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

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May 07, 2019 11:43 AM

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

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May 07, 2019 10:55 AM

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

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May 07, 2019 10:16 AM

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

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May 07, 2019 9:53 AM

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

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May 07, 2019 9:47 AM

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

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May 02, 2019 1:48 PM

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

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May 01, 2019 4:07 PM

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

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Apr 29, 2019 11:30 AM

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

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Apr 03, 2019 8:00 AM

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

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Apr 03, 2019 7:00 AM

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

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Apr 02, 2019 4:18 PM

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

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Kali's Reason

Apr 02, 2019 12:00 PM

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

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Apr 02, 2019 12:00 PM

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

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Jul 30, 2018 4:13 PM

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

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