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.


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Apr 03, 2020 9:00 AM

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

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Dec 12, 2019 10:13 PM

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

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Dec 11, 2019 1:53 PM

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

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Dec 11, 2019 12:44 PM

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

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Dec 11, 2019 12:39 PM

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

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Dec 09, 2019 2:11 PM

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

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Dec 09, 2019 2:09 PM

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

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Dec 09, 2019 2:05 PM

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

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Dec 09, 2019 2:03 PM

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

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Dec 09, 2019 2:02 PM

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

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Nov 26, 2019 12:21 PM

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

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Nov 26, 2019 12:19 PM

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

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Nov 26, 2019 12:18 PM

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

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Nov 11, 2019 11:15 AM

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

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Nov 11, 2019 11:14 AM

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

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Nov 11, 2019 11:13 AM

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

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Nov 11, 2019 11:12 AM

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

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Nov 11, 2019 11:10 AM

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

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Nov 11, 2019 11:07 AM

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

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Nov 01, 2019 3:59 PM

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

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Nov 01, 2019 3:59 PM

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

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Nov 01, 2019 3:58 PM

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

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Nov 01, 2019 3:46 PM

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

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Mr Sausage

Nov 01, 2019 3:44 PM

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

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Oct 07, 2019 1:55 PM

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

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Oct 07, 2019 1:41 PM

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

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Oct 07, 2019 1:37 PM

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

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Oct 07, 2019 1:33 PM

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

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Oct 07, 2019 1:30 PM

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

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Oct 07, 2019 1:24 PM

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

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Oct 07, 2019 1:20 PM

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

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Oct 07, 2019 1:15 PM

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

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Oct 07, 2019 1:10 PM

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

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Oct 07, 2019 1:08 PM

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

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Oct 07, 2019 1:03 PM

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

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Oct 07, 2019 1:01 PM

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

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Oct 07, 2019 12:58 PM

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

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Oct 07, 2019 12:50 PM

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

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Oct 07, 2019 10:02 AM

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

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Oct 07, 2019 9:41 AM

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

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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 5:05 PM

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

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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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Apr 02, 2019 12:00 PM

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

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Apr 02, 2019 12:00 PM

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

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Jul 30, 2018 4:13 PM

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

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