New cannabis strategy needed, say psychiatrists

Drug addiction psychiatrists say prohibition of cannabis use has failed in New Zealand and it is time to talk about adopting another strategy.

As Parliament prepares to debate the Alcohol Reform Bill, the call is growing to re-examine the 37-year-old cannabis laws.

Wellington Community Alcohol and Drug Service psychiatrists say the law around cannabis is illogical.

Psychiatrists say one of the worst aspects of criminalising cannabis use is that it leaves people, particularly young people, with a record that is out of proportion to the offence.

 

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