Posts Tagged ‘Cannabis’

NZ among highest cannabis users

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

New Zealanders are among the highest users of cannabis in the world, and the debate over whether it should be legal continues. In 2008, about 14 per cent of New Zealanders had used cannabis, the Ministry of Health’s alcohol and drug use survey reports. According to the United Nation’s World Drug report, that puts us Read more

Consequences of Czech Republic’s drug liberalization

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

The Czech Republic’s 2010 decision to lower drug possession from a criminal to misdemeanor offense has turned the country into a mecca for drug users. The change has spawned a profitable sub-economy, but also come at a high social cost. The problem has its roots in a rectangular tent made of black plastic that looks Read more

Time to face uncomfortable truths about our offenders

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Jail is for them, not us, is a white middle class understanding that’s well-illustrated by the case of Rick Bryant, the ageing rocker currently appealing against his jail sentence for drug dealing. I follow his case with interest. Nobody who was at university at the same time as Rick could forget him, in part because Read more