BZP'ing into the wind
For a nation, indeed the only western democracy in the world behoving to "thou shalt not talk about cannabis in this term of parliament" - United Future broke its own rules and moved to ensure that drugs could only be put UP in class, not down. So much for evidence, a goal of the Expert Advisory Committee on Drugs (EACD) when the Minister of Health Hon Annette King, said "it should take politics out of drug policy". When the EACD was 'stacked' with prohibition stakeholders like Customs the minority 'drug practitioners' from the health and harm reduction sector were marginalised.
No good will come of any of this until the Law Commission has had its unfettered inquiry into drug policy. None of which ever gets a mention in the media.
BZP is not a good drug but then nor is alcohol but until we have the required conversation and civil society addresses itself to this issue we will continue to talk round in circles and fix diddly.
The first thing to understand is this. Methamphetamine, Alcohol and BZP prevalence in New Zealand is a PRODUCT of poor drug policy. This is true at both ends of the harms scale and for all points in between. We are, in our legislative response to drugs, our own worst enemy.
Blair Anderson ‹(•¿•)›
Social Ecologist 'at large'
ph (643) 389 4065 cell 027 265 7219