Royal Assent given to D-grade Soft Drugs.
Image: Tirau Dan via FlickrMedia release to CanWest's Vancouver Sun.
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What is needed, is a new schedule to ABC. Something that is convention compliant, meets the policy analytic standards and addresses all the flaws of current prohibitory practice.
Our just 'gone' by lunchtime (yesterday) Prime Minister, Hon Helen Clark described what is needed as a "partial prohibition".
So, on November 6th, just past, New Zealand placed into law the regulatory model "Class D". It makes provision under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Health - possession, sale, advertising, packaging, labeling etc of 'soft' drugs. Canadian reformers and health administrators alike may find the pragmatic and simple approach to this problem instructive. Further, it was adopted without political squabble or public rancour.
The 4 page legislative framework can be seen at LEXISNEXIS: see
Distribute as you see fit. It may well just be a world first.