> For example, the warning/caution rate was 32 per cent for minor assaults,
Given that we have a Law Commission reviews of 'all drug ' policy (including the drug alcohol) this report avoids the drug/crime linkage so often touted by Police and Politicians.
Knowing folk who have been arrested and charged for possession of a trace amount of cannabis (ash) I find it difficult to stomach that 1/3rd of people belting someone else are cautioned.
Where exactly is the victim with cannabis possession again? If cannabis and the requirement to police it as a 'serious' problem, why does it not get a mention in dispatches? And why do young people, primarily male, Maori and unemployed feature so highly in the conviction rates.
Such 'impact assessment' analysis might be instructive given we are yet to do even a Econ101 grade cost/benefit of prohibition policy. (despite it being highly recommended in our National Drug Policy formulation documents - notably never discussed but obtained by official information request )
More especially as recent national crime reports have shown that the cannabis offences are up 20% nationally since the last election (30% in Northland!). Surely proof enough of the failure of prohibition, with only another 350,000 kiwi's to catch!
Cannabis couldn't be more popular if it was made compulsory. However, Its use hasn't suddenly gone up another 20% in a year.. perhaps the 20% increase in "more Cops" means more 'nothing better to do than tell dopey work stories!'
Labels: Cannabis (drug), crime, drugs, Law Commission, Police, The New Zealand Herald