Have your say on the Law Commission's Review of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975.
The Commission's Issues Paper, 'Controlling and Regulating Drugs' was released today for public feedback. Download the document, send in an online submission or participate in forums at TalkDrugs
Here is what I said in feedback around party pills...
I suggest everyone get onboard and start banging the table real hard!
There has been a massive disconnect that deludes everyone here.... the "RESTRICTED SUBSTANCES REGULATIONS" passed into law in November 2008 made all these provisions, legal age, advertising, manufacture, labeling - a near perfect model administered by the Ministry of Health (Not Justice, Police, Corrections, Border Control and other's who populate the so called expert advisory council on drugs [EACD]).
The 'order in council' amendment to the Misuse of Drugs makes the historical crucial adjustment... provision for USE of drugs. It notes that the new 'rules' are for recreational psychoactive 'soft' drugs, while these may include party pills (a poor nomenclature at best) they also provide the model for de-classification of currently classified drugs be it LSD, MDMA, Cannabis or current and emerging substances currently and artificially placed in ABC.
ABC classification is not about relative harms. It is about sentencing guidelines. That in and of itself deserves scrutiny, but for the Law Commission to seemingly void any discussion around the existing LAW (read:solution) that controls drug sale, place of sale, advertising, age of consent, labeling and yet defines 'soft' drug administration as a matter of 'health promotion' beyond criminal sanction beggars belief.
The OMISSION of Class D from the debate colours the dialog. Look it up yourself.. http://legislation.govt.nz search for "regulated substances regulations" and prepare to be amazed we could be so sensible and oh so damned adult.
I shall leave my cynicism regarding the non-comparison of relative harms between neighboring intoxicant policy "alcohol and cannabis" - the crucial drugs we drink and smoke issue for another time.