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Dollars and sense of drug law reform

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EDITORIAL: As Green MP Chloe Swarbrick points out, there is a certain hypocrisy in MPs who have used drugs presiding over archaic drug laws. But if the moral or health-based arguments fail to persuade them and us, perhaps the economic ones will.

The NZ Drug Foundation, in collaboration with Matua Raki and the Needle Exchange, commissioned economist Shamubeel Eaqub​, of Sense Partners, to analyse the costs and benefits of decriminalising the use and possession of all drugs, legalising cannabis and investing more effectively in prevention, education, harm reduction and treatment.

The foundation starts from the premise that the criminal-justice approach, usually dubbed the war on drugs, is not working. This is far from a controversial position in 2018. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and former Prime Minister Helen Clark, in her new........

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