Parliament Committee Urges New Zealand Government 

Parliament Committee Urges New Zealand Government 
Posted by FoM on June 18, 1999 at 07:32:40 PT
To Consider Marijuana Decriminalization, Again!
Source: NORML
Wellington, New Zealand For the second time in six months, New Zealand's parliamentary health committee recommended the government review its criminal policies regarding marijuana.
  "In light of the evidence we have heard on the effects of cannabis and the high rate of cannabis use in New Zealand, the effectiveness of the current policy on cannabis requires examination," health committee chair Brian Neeson said. "Accordingly, we restate the recommendations made in [December] ... that the government review the appropriateness of existing policy on cannabis and its use and reconsider the legal status of cannabis."   The committee's initial report, issued last year, concluded that "occasional cannabis use presents few risks to the mental health of most adult users," and argued for a "harm minimization" approach to dealing with the marijuana issue. At that time, government officials ignored the report.   For more information, please contact Paul Armentano of The NORML Foundation   (202) 483-8751. 
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Comment #1 posted by Gabriel BRITTO on March 05, 2000 at 03:19:32 PT:
Indian laws permit maintenance on raw opium/hash
This is to bring to your attention that the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 and its subsequent Amended versions provide under the rules for the registration of addicts with the district authorities, obtain a license for a small fee (less than 1 USD) and obtain opium or hash in pure form from government depots on a weekly basis. But due to fear of international (read USA) pressure, this is hardly implemented.However, a current discussion is on and some pilot experiments are being carried out by some NGOs on buprenorphine maintenance.We at the National Addiction Research Center - NARC (a non-profit, non-governmental independent organisation) are of the strong view that pharmaceutical maintenance is worse than cannabis or opium maintenance. After all, morphine, heroin, ... were all introduced by pharmaceutical companies as "wonder drugs".We welcome your comments.Gabriel BRITTO, Director : NARC
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